Are you looking for some perfect place for exotic holiday? Discover a Dutch Caribbean island Curacao. Island is located only 65km off the Venezuelan coast and is 60km long and 14km wide. This amazing island has everything – beautiful beaches with white sand, blue and crystal clear water. The coral reefs offer unique rich maritime life and that is real paradise for diving or snorkeling between the Sea Turtles if you want.
A bit from history…original population Arawak came from South America. They lived here for long time in piece. Spanish expedition discovered island in 1499 and changed everything. People were enslaved. The Dutch West India Company in 1643, liked this strategic location and decided build the port and established settlement, today’s capital Willemstad, was important trade city and centrum for the Atlantic slave trade. Curacao has from 2010 status an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
HERE ARE MY TOP PLACES to VISIT in CURACAO
WILLEMSTAD – is capital and heart of the life in the island (UNESCO). Mostly from 160.000 inhabitants live here. The city is famous for his stylish colonial style and Europe- Caribbean atmosphere! Do not miss local market (Mercado Flotante) with the fruits and vegetable, floating Queen Emma Bridge or for the local lunch is a great experience try something from local food in Plaza Bieu. Fresh fish with polenta and vegetable salad is really good.
SEA AQUARIUM PARK – is beautiful place to see amazing and rich marine Caribbean life. You can see absolutely great dolphins and Sea Lions performances or help to feed the pink Flamingos or big Sharks! That is cool for everyone.
CHRISTOFFEL NATIONAL PARK – if you like hiking and climbing, you must not miss this place. Park protected natural area and nice museum is in one of the oldest plantation houses of Curacao.
THE BEST BEACHES– you must see
PLAYA GRANDI where you can swim between the giant Sea Turtles or romantic blueGROTE KNIP and forfunis cool MAMBO Beach.
CURACAO LIQUER DISTILLERY – produced since 1896 and when you visit this place you feel like coming back in time! Almost everybody knows popular Blue Bird cocktail but maybe you did not know that Curacao Liquer is naturally colorless (the factory produced 5 colors) and made from special citrus – Laraha!
HATO CAVES – very original and popular place consists of marine coral limestone.
A FEW WORDS about FOOD – the cuisine is simple and with influences from Spanish, Portuguese and Caribbean cuisine. Fresh fish (mostly Red Snapper) or the seafood is the best and tasty, anywhere. Between the famous local dishes are the Goat, Papaya or even Iguana Stew (Iguanas are all over the place in Curacao, they are not danger but look weird)!!! Do not hesitate and try this special meal.
GOOD to KNOW – all island is safe and clean. The climate is good for all year – the temperature is approximately about 30 degrees Celsius. Wet season is from November to January. There are many direct flights from Miami, New York, Toronto and of course, twice par day, from Amsterdam! The official language is a Dutch but almost everybody speaks English and Spanish. That is almost unreal but there live more then 50 nationalities in this small place and they have own language – Papiamento! I wish you -Bon Día – that means – Good day!