Curaçao is one of the most sophisticated capitals of the Caribbean. Don’t miss the Maritime Museum, the Sea Aquarium, and Curaçao’s Postal Museum where you can see bright Antillean stamps. You can also visit the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. This is the Caribbean’s oldest continuously operating synagogue, with a fine display of the island’s Jewish history. For the winter-time on Curaçao, you can experience Curaçao Carnival, boasts parades with floats, “Jump Ups” (outdoors), “Jump Ins” (indoors) and outrageous costumes. For the Spring you have serious divers coming to Curaçao to participate in the “Dive Festival”. This event takes up to a week’s worth of workshops, such as “Underwater Digital Photography”.
The western shores have a series of beautiful beaches, each one occupying a separate cove. The popular Daaibooi, tiny Playa Lagun and Playa Knip, which opens on to a large bay of luminous water.
Also on the west side of the island you can find the St. Christoffel Park. You can drive, hike or ride a horse where you can enjoy nature with its kadushi cactuses, tamarind, divi-divi and lignum vitae trees. While on this trip you can notice the roads curving upwards to the amazing vistas of Mount Christoffel.
Curaçao also hosts a “Jazz festival”, “Gospel festival”, “Food festival” and a kite competition. The locally famous Jazz Night at Blues Restaurant that is situated on a pier has a breathtaking view over the sea. Classy, joyful and mellow, this is the perfect summary of what’s so appealing about Curaçao.
Airports / Gateways / Flying times
Airport: International Airport HATO (CUR), located 7.5 miles from the capital, Willemstad.
Gateways/Flying Times: KLM fly from 14 regional airports in the UK via Amsterdam to Hato International Airport (CUR). Additional connections are available with American Airlines via Miami. Inter island flights are available with Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) and BonairExcel. Amsterdam – 9 hours. Miami – 2.5 hours.
Annual average temperature – 80 degrees F. Average humidity – 77%. Average rainfall – 21 inches. Windspeed 16 mph.
Cuisines from more than a dozen countries range from classic to exotic, local dishes also reflect an international influence. American, French, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Latin American, Gourmet, Fast food. Dress code varies. Service charge 10%.
Dutch is the official language. Multi-racial Curaçaoans also speak English, Spanish and their own unique blend, Papiamento.
Entertainment available includes – Discos, Dinner/Dance, Theatre, Casinos, Nightclubs, and Live Music
Museums. Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. Landhouses. Forts. 16th and 17th Century Architecture. Curaçao Sea Aquarium. Curaçao Liqueur Distillery. Floating Market. Hato Caves. Amstel Beer Brewery. City Tour. Willemstad Walking Tour. Three Queens Bridges. Christoffel National Park. Boca Tabla Grotto. Shete Boka Park. Curaçao Ostrich and Game Farm. Willemstad Trolley Tour. Herb Gard