Discover Curacao

 

History

The island of Curaçao has a long, interesting and complex story to tell when you dive in its history and heritage.
The story that made Curaçao the surprising, colorful and lively island it is nowadays.

The past is not only very present in the people, but also found in a variety of museums, forts, galleries, country houses and other historical sites.

Get to know our history while touring the island, see our heritage when visiting the landmarks, hear the stories from our people when you meet them on the streets. The stories will make you curious and help you understand our traditions, habits and island life.

Travel back in time, these stories will amaze you about the rich history of Curaçao.

 

Culture & Tradition

Curaçao is a melting pot with more than 50 nationalities. Afro-Caribbeans make up the majority of the population of 150.000 inhabitants. One result of the historic slave trade is a rich cultural heritage, embraced today by islanders and visitors alike.

To the present day, Afro-Caribbean traditions continue to shape Curaçao.
These Afro-Caribbean influences can, for example, be found in the Papiamentu-language, Tambu (curacao blues), the food, religion and spirituality.

Enjoy the stories about people and culture, habits and traditions and learn to understand the island life through it's beautiful people.

 

Food & nightlife

Taste the Curaçao island experiences with all your senses and immerse yourself in its cuisine and buzzing nightlife.

After a tasty dinner in one of the many restaurants on the island, serving all foods from all over the world, watch the sunset while sipping a cocktail or put on your dancing shoes to make some moves while enjoying live music.

What do you feel like eating? Do you prefer a lunch on the beach, typical 'snek', an international restaurant, sushi or local cuisine? Curaçao offers many different restaurants, all with there own taste. And after food, we dance the night away!



Important Information


General Information

Curacao is located in the southwestern Caribbean, at latitude 12’ north and longitude 68’ west. The island is just 60 km (35 miles) north of South America. It is about 2 ½ hours by air from Miami.

Government

Curacao is an autonomous part of the Dutch Kingdom. Locals are Dutch nationals and carry European Union passports.

What time is it?

Curacao is on Atlantic Standard Time: One hour later than US Eastern Standard Time (the same time as Eastern Daylight Savings Time) and four hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time.

Passports & Visas

US and Canadian citizens need only proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate, and a return ticket home. Most other nationals only need a passport. Visitors from the Dominican Republic and Haiti require a visa but if you have a US Visa you can enter without any problem.


Currency

Local currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder (also called florin), abbreviated NAFl. or ANG. It is pegged to the US dollar at a stable rate of US$ 1 = NAFl. 1.77 for cash, 1.78 for travelers checks. Exchange rates may vary slightly at stores and hotels. There is no black market. Exchange rates for other currencies are posted at banks and listed in the daily papers.

Religions

Curacao has a well-earned reputation for religious as well as ethnic harmony. Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Christians and Mormons all have their own houses of worship and practice their religion freely. Over 60% of the population is catholic, largely people of African descent. The small Jewish and Dutch Protestant communities have considerable influence.

Language

Ninety percent of the local population speaks Papiamentu, a Creole language. Most official government documents and many signs are in Dutch. English and Spanish are widely spoken.

Climate

Located in the tropics, just 12’north of the Equator, Curacao has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average temperature is about 17’ C (in the mid 80s F). Cooling trade winds blow constantly from the east picking up in the spring months. The rainy season, October to February, is usually marked by short, occasional showers, mostly at night, and continued sunny weather by day. Total annual rainfall averages only 570 mm (22 inches)..