Curacao is a wonderful holiday destination. While it is situated over 5,000 miles from the Netherlands, this constituent country belongs to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. As part of the Netherlands Antilles, it is located about 50 miles off the coast of South America at the height of Venezuela. It belongs to the Leeward Antilles.
The heritage of the island is partly European and partly African, and houses more than 50 nationalities. Since the Netherlands have exercised their influence over 375 years, the island is for the Dutch very recognizable and familiar.
De native language is Papiamento. This language was created in the 17th century, because the slaves wanted a way to communicate with each other. It has a Brazilian / Creole influence, combined with English, Spanish and non-translated Dutch words.
The main language is Dutch, and for children this is still the main language in schools. Next to that, a lot of English and Spanish is spoken.
The currency is the Guilder, officially the Antillean Guilder, which is equal to the former Dutch Guilder. The conversion rate for 1 Antillean Guilder (ANG or Nafl) is equal to 0.48 US Dollar (March 2015). So approximately 2 Guilders go in 1 US Dollar.
Experience yourself what makes Curacao so special! There are exclusive beaches, spectacular diving sites, distinctive architecture and activities and adventures for everybody.
The multicultural society creates intriguing music, cooking and art styles. Curacao offers a lot of the very best the Caribbean has to offer!
SUN, SEA, BEACH
You can choose between beaches located between intimate rocky coves (Lagun, Kleine Knip, Grote Knip, Jeremi, Daaibooi, Vaersenbaai) or long, wide, plain white, sandy beaches bordering the nature or vibrant with activity and liveliness (Porto Mari, Cas Abou, Piscadera, Seaquarium Beach, Jan Thiel, Klein Curacao).
Curacao offers some of the best diving locations in the world. In total, Curacao has more than 60 different diving sites. Each diving site promises an underwater world so colorful and inspiring, they guarantee an unforgettable experience.
HISTORIC PORT AND CAPITAL
A visit to Willemstad brings old and new cultures together. The architecture of this lively port, the activities and vibrant neighborhoods form the historical center of the island.
Curacao's rich history is awakened by the spectacular architecture on the entire island, and especially in the capital Willemstad.
Ethnic people of Curacao, the Arawak, Dutch, Spanish, Antilleans, Latin Americans and Africans, have created a special heritage and a lively colorful culture.
THE DUTCH TOUCH
The Dutch influence on Curacao is not only shown in the colonial buildings, but also in daily life everywhere.
The African culture is proud and festive: the island of Curacao is flooded with this.
From the first moment they set foot on the island, fleeing persecution and seeking a safe haven, the small Jewish community has had a great influence on politics, economy and culture of Curacao.
LIVELY ARTS SCENE
Curacao takes pride in its many painters and talented artists. There is much to read about the photographers, sculptors and designers.
Curacao is located in the tropics, just 12° north of the Equator, and this ensures Curacao has a warm and sunny climate the whole year through. The average temperature is around 80° Fahrenheit (27° Celsius). A cool breeze from the east brings continuous refreshment. In the spring, the wind is at its most powerful. The rain season, from October to February, is usually marked by short, occasional showers, mostly in the evening. During the day it is mostly sunny and the temperature is slightly lower than in the summer. The total rainfall averages to only 570 mm each year.
CARNIVAL, DANCE AND MUSIC
The classic carnival is a festive period which precedes the Catholic tradition of forty days of 'fasting'. The fasting period means to not eat meat and no festivities. Just the things that happen the most during Carnival!
In the 19th century, the population of Curacao has taken on the carnival tradition and masked balls and parades were held. Only after 1969 the Curacao Carnival gained the popularity it still has today. Nowadays it is one of the largest and longest celebrations of the entire Caribbean. It starts in January and only ends late February or early March.