• CURACAO

WELCOME TO CURACAO

Curacao is a long, arid, and generally flat island, stretching some 40 miles (64 km) from southeast to northwest, at much the same north-south angles as it’s sister islands in the ABC group (Aruba to the west and Bonaire to the east). The island is about 10 miles (16 km) at it’s widest point, and the area is about 180 square miles (472 square km), making it the largest island in the Dutch Caribbean Islands group.

TOURISM AND CULTURE

With its delightful Dutch colonial architecture, bustling commercial capital and excellent history museums, go-go Curaçao feels like a little piece of Europe on the edge of the Caribbean. That is, a little piece of Europe with glorious hidden beaches, amazing onshore snorkeling and diving, and a wild undeveloped windward coast.

Curaçao has a surging economy beyond tourism, which means that Willemstad has factories, humdrum neighborhoods and sometimes bad traffic. Catering to visitors is not the primary aim here. But if you’re looking for a Caribbean island that is busy setting its own pace, Curaçao is for you.

GETTING THERE

You can travel to Curacao by air with direct flights from North America, Europe, and South America or visit Curacao by sea on a cruise or with your own yacht. Before arriving on the island, be sure to fill out your Embarkation-Disembarkation (ED) Card and know what you can bring with you through customs

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Capital: Willemstad

Population: 159,999

Language: Dutch, Papiamento, English

Currency: Netherlands Antillean Guilder

Religion: Roman Catholic

National Bird: Venezuelan Troupial

National Flower: Kibrahacha

National dish: Red Snapper, Keshi Yena

Motto: -“We have it all, it is just a matter of finding what you are looking for”

The National Flag:
the flag of Curacao is blue, with a yellow horizontal stripe slightly below the midline, and two white stars in the upper left corner. The blue symbolizes the sea and sky, and the yellow represents the sun. The two stars are for Curacao and Klein Curacao, but also stand for ‘Love and Happiness.’

ENTERTAINMENT UPDATES

Festival di Tumba

January 27 – 31, 2020

Tumba Festival 2019 Preliminaries

Come experience Curacao’s Tumba Festival 2020 at the Curacao Festival Center (Brievengat)

The Tumba Festival is one of the biggest musical events in Curaçao and a highlight of the Curaçao Carnival! During the Tumba Festival, numerous artists compete to win the coveted title of Tumba King/Queen and make their Tumba (song) the official anthem of this year’s Carnival. The qualifying rounds (Monday – Wednesday) serve to select the finalists who will then compete in Friday’s final round.

Curaçao’s Carnival is one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles in the Caribbean, and one of the best times to visit the island to experience the passion of our people. This grand tradition features fantastic parades, floats, costumes and characters, plus beauty contest to elect Carnival royalty.

Carnival With The Curaçao Tourist Board

February 01 -26, 2020

Curacao Carnival

The Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) has been honored as the pillar of Curaçao Carnival 2020. To honor this gesture, CTB will be participating very actively in carnival 2020 with its own group.
We will be accompanied by MC Monti and DJ Jay-T with the theme ‘Curaçao is Dushi, Live it, Love it, Feel it for yourself’.

Would you like to join the CTB carnival group? Register today! This is an unique opportunity to be part of Curaçao Carnival 2020.

Participation fee: $150
This price includes your costume, consumption, transport, entertainment, etc.
Carnival days: 23 & 25 February 2020
After registration we will send all further information.

Should you have any question, please contact us at 461-8200 or via email jmaccow@curacao.com and dpolonius@curacao.com

Ride, Swim & Walk for the Roses

February 02, 2020

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The 16th Ride for the Roses events will take place on Sunday, February 2, 2020. Ride for the Roses Curaçao is an annual one-day event with an array of activities to raise fund for cancer patients. Participants can partake to any of the event from swimming and sailing to walking and riding.

In 2020 the first Golf for the Roses wil be organized.

* Swim for the Roses: online registration is required in order to participate.
** Spinergy for the Roses: to join please send an e-mail to: spinergyfortheroses@gmail.com

Program:
07:00 Start Walk for the Roses at Brionplein, Otrobanda (5km and 7,8km)
08:00 Start all routes Ride for the Roses from parking area Mambo Beach BLVD
08:15 Start Kranking for the Roses at Fuoco
09:00 Departure shuttle busses from parking place Mambo Beach BLVD to Jan Thiel beach for participants of the Swim for the Roses. Latest bus leaves at 10.45.
11:30 Start Kids Swim: Lions Dive beach area – Wet & Wild beach
12:00 Start Competition Swim: Zanzibar – Wet & Wild beach
12:10 Start Classic (Recreation) Swim: Zanzibar – Wet & Wild beach

08:00 – 15:00 Activities all day long @ Mambo beach BLVD and Wet ‘n Wild

Registration fee – online registrations start soon!

Adults (12+): Participating in ONE activity Nafl. 20, TWO or more activities Nafl. 30.
Children (up to 11 years): Participating in ONE activity Nafl. 15, TWO or more activities Nafl. 20.
Competition Swim: Nafl. 30 Participating in a second activity in addition to the swim Nafl. 40.

TOURISM UPDATES

Curacao Marriott Reopens After $40M Renovation

marriott room rendering

The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort has officially relaunched following the completion of a $40 million renovation project.

The 336-room hotel has been renovated “to represent the latest innovative design thinking from the Marriott hotels brand,” according to a statement from the property.

That includes a new “clean and contemporary” design, with a mix of Dutch colonial architecture and “plantation-style elements.”

The renovation is part of a regional push for Marriott to transform its Caribbean hotels.

The Curacao relaunch comes as Marriott has announced plans to open its first-ever all-inclusive resort in Curacao. 

ATTRACTIONS

Klein Curacao

Rif Fort

Kura Hulanda

Santa Barbara Beach

Curacao Maritime Museum

Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

Handelskade

Playa Lagun

Cas Abao Beach

Playa PortoMari

Christoffel National Park

Blauwbaai

Mambo Beach

Kura Hulanda Museum

And Much More…

HOTELS & RESORTS

Curaçao Carnival

January – February 2018