Curaçao is a beautiful and colourful island located in the Southwestern Caribbean Sea, between
Aruba and Bonaire and just 40 miles away from the Venezuelan coast. Flight time from Miami
to Curaçao is 3 hours and Amsterdam to Curaçao, 9 hours. Since Curaçao is located just 12°
north of the equator, it has warm and sunny weather all year round.
Curaçao has a population of about 160,000 inhabitants. It is also known for being a
multicultural island with more than 40 different nationalities living on the island. A few
examples are Afro-Caribbean (majority), Dutch, Venezuelans, Surinamese, Portuguese, Jews,
Chinese, as well as Middle eastern, Indians and people from other neighboring Caribbean
islands such as Haiti and Jamaica.
Since Curaçao is a multicultural island, there are also different religions present. From Catholics
to Christians, Protestants, Jews and Muslims. the majority of the population is Catholic.
Curaçao is one of the constituent countries within the Dutch Kingdom. Curaçao has full
autonomy when it comes to internal affairs, which was granted in 2010. However, the Dutch
government is involved when it comes to foreign affairs. Since Curaçao forms part of the Dutch
Kingdom, the passport is that of the “Royal Dutch Kingdom”.
The native language of Curaçao is “Papiamentu”. Papiamentu is a Creole mix of Spanish,
English, Dutch and African languages. Dutch, English and Spanish are also officially used
languages on the island. Most residents can speak 3 or more languages.
The Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG) is the official currency of Curaçao, also called Florin
(symbol: ƒ). US Dollars is accepted everywhere on the island. It is important to note however
that US $100 bills are not accepted everywhere.
Some activities on Curaçao
On the west part of the island you will find the park with the highest point on Curaçao
(Christoffel berg/Mount Christoffel). Besides the natural riches, the park also offers a unique
cultural and historical experience providing a complete perspective on plantation life in
Curaçao. The park has 8 hiking trails, various weekly activities and events. We do encourage you
to visit this park.
From explorations with deep sea wonders to close encounter with a variety of sea animals such as Dolphins, turtles, and sea lions. Discover the underwater world and be amazed! Surely one of
the most popular locations on the island so do not miss this experience!
The Hato caves are located just near the Curaçao International Airport. The steps and pathways
all have handrails for extra support and safety. The cave consists of marine coral limestone
which accumulated over millions of years. After sea levels dropped the marine coral limestone
got exposed to atmospheric corrosion and karst processes.
This park has 7 inlets where waves thundered into underground caverns. The path cut into the
rocks lead you directly to the mouth of the cavern. You can sit on the very edge and watch the
surf roll in. After you peek inside the cavern you can walk alongside the limestone bluffs above
for a spectacular view of Curaçao’s rugged north coast. The park’s inlets are protected turtle
The Ostrich Farm will keep the entire family busy and will give the feeling of being in South
Africa. There is a children playground, restaurant (serving lunch and dinner), Safari Tour, and a
Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao):
A trip to Klein Curaçao is about an hour and 45 minutes by boat. Klein Curaçao has a desert
climate in which there is an excess of evaporation over precipitation. The only structures on the
island are an old lighthouse, a beach house, and several huts. Klein Curaçao is well known as a
beautiful diving spot because of its coral, underwater caves and white sand.
The island has no permanent inhabitant and there are only a few palm-front-covered sheds
for day visitors.
There are many more activities on the island in addition to the ones mentioned above.
Beaches our clients like the most:
1.Cas Abao – with turquoise water, waving trees and bright white sand. This is certainly one of
Curacao’s gems! There is secured parking, restrooms, showers and lockers on the premise.
There is also a beach bar & restaurant, massage palapa and dive shop. Entrance is free.
2.Portomarie – a beautiful sandy bay with its white coral and sand beach with clear and calm
water. For landlubbers, three nature trails have their starting point at the beach’s parking lot
which is ideal for hiking but can also be conquered by mountain bike! There is also a beachside bar & restaurant where you can sit and enjoy. You may also encounter wild pigs on the beach!
Has a small entrance fee which is charged per vehicle.
3.Playa Piskado or Playa Grandi – is a beautiful dive site. Completely covered with beautiful
fields of corals and gorgonians. Snappers, trumpet fish and turtles are permanent residents
here! The dive site is very famous for its turtles. The turtles are spotted in the shallows around
5 meters. Entrance is free.
4.Kokomo Beach – Kokomo is also an ideal beach to enjoy a quiet day with the family, have a
great lunch, try one of their delicious cocktails or just fall in love with the clear water. They have
lounges to relax, read a book, or just hang out with an ice-cold beer! Kokomo has no entrance-
fee. Kokomo beach also has a professional dive center that can show you the amazing
underwater world of Kokomo Beach.
5.Playa Kalki – This small cove is popular for snorkeling and diving, and has a roped-off area
with a floating platform. It is located down steep stone steps from the parking area. Halfway
between the parking area and the beach is a shaded terrace with a snack bar and dive shop.
Another set of steps leads to the Kura Hulanda Lodge on the bluffs above, which has a
restaurant. Entrance to the water is somewhat rocky.
6.Kenepa Grandi & Kenepa Chikitu – Playa Kenepa consists of 2 beaches which is Kenepa
Grandi (Large Kenepa) and Kenepa Chikitu (Small Kenepa). The two beaches are pretty isolated
and there is only one road leading to both beaches. Kenepa chikitu is bests known for its
snorkeling hotspots along the coastline and Kenepa grandi is known for its white sandy beach with
beautiful crystal clear blue waters and gorgeous view over the beach.
7.Lagun – This beach is popular with divers, snorkelers, fishermen and locals. Rocky cliffs along
the long narrow channel are inhabited by many species of reef fish. Lagun is a lovely place for
turtles to hang out in hopes of getting something from fishermen’s catch. The end of the
fairway is a healthy, lively place, covered with corals and large sponges.
Links – Curaçao Tourist Board (Curaçaotouristboard.com)
15 Best Things to Do in Curaçao – The Crazy Tourist