Population: 142,668 citizens
Size: 171 square miles
Language: Dutch, Papiamentu
Curacao is an island is the southern Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Venezuela. It is part of a group of islands called the ABC islands with Aruba and Bonaire accounting for the other two. The country of Curacao includes the mainland and one uninhabited island as well. The most differentiating part of Curacao is its culture. The island is home to architecture you would find in the Netherlands but painted in beautiful pastel shades which creates a very unique look. Also, the people of this island have developed their own way of life and even language. Papiamentu, the island's language is a mix of Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese.
When To Go
The Curacao island is outside of the "hurricane zone" meaning a vacation here is rarely interrupted by a hurricane. Trade winds in this area keep the temperatures in the 80's. Most travelers visit Curacao during the Caribbean high season, which is mid- December to mid-April despite the rain that occurs more frequently at this time. Evening showers do not deter visitors during this time of the year. Travelers that want to avoid the crowd may look to travel between April to November.
Sun, Sand, Sea and Shopping
A vacation in Curacao supports any lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a lively, active time or a relaxing and serene vacation, Curacao has it all. Watersports are popular on the island's 38 beaches and it sets the perfect scene for diving, snorkeling, sailing, fishing.
Punda is is Curacao's major shopping hub, so check there first for souvenirs to bring home. Also, outdoor markets are popular and a great way to get to know the culture as well. Curaco is also home to one of the largest duty-free shopping centers, so luxury items are available to browse as well.
The prominent culture in Caracao fosters many museums that honor their heritage. The Maritime Museum and Kura Hulanda Museum really help to understand the history of the island and why it is the way it is now. Also, Curacao has many marine parks, national parks, and aquariums to enjoy as part of your vacation.
Dining and Nightlife
The local cuisine in Curacao is a mixture of European, West Indian, and Indonesian style cooking. The Dutch also have an influence in the use of breads, cheeses, and seafoods. In addition, the shores of Curacao are covered in "snacks" which are small restaurants that serve Chinese food. These "snacks" are inexpensive and typically open late.
The Nightlife in Curacao is great because of the large population and diverse culture. The best time of the year is during the Carnival which lasts for several weeks ending on Mardi Gras. There are several parades and festivities throughout this time period. Throughout the rest of the year, different clubs have their unofficial nights in which they host the gathering and people party all night long. The nightlife in Curacao is suited for tourists as well as the social locals that enjoy the party as well.