Part of Willemstad is on the Unesco World Heritage List. The Dutch have
left their lasting mark on Curaçao in many areas, but perhaps none is as striking as the architecture. Nowhere else
in the world are there so many exquisite 17th and 18th century Dutch colonial buildings. The city of Willemstad dates from
the Dutch conquest of 1634.
About 130,000 and is made up of about 50 nationalities.
Located in the tropics, just 12° north of the Equator. Curaçao has a warm, sunny climate year round.
The average temperature is about 27° C ( mid 80s F). Refreshing trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up
in the spring months.
Curaçao is located in the southwestern Caribbean. It is 38 miles
(60 km) long and from 2 to 7.5 miles ( 3-12 km) wide. It is located just 35 miles (56 km) north of Venezuela and only 2 1/2
hours by air from Miami, 8 hours flying time from Amsterdam.
Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt, making it
a sure holiday destination for good weather year round. Take sensible precautions against the tropical sun, especially between
10 AM and 3 PM. Sun screen, sunglasses and a hat are recommended, as well as a light beach cover-up. Neither the trade winds
nor clouds will protect you from sunburn.
Curaçao is an autonomous part of the Kingdom
of the Netherlands since october 10 2010
The Kingdom consists of the countries Netherlands, Aruba, Curaçao,
Curaçaoans are Dutch nationals and carry European Union passports.
Papiamento, but Dutch is the official language. Curaçaoans also speak English and Spanish.
Willemstad is the island's capital and only city.
Curaçao's flag portrays
the blue sea and sky, bisected by the yellow sun. The two stars represent Curaçao and its uninhabited sister island
Klein Curaçao; their five points symbolize the five continents from which the varied local population originates.
Curaçao is on Atlantic Standard Time (GMT -4 hours) and no daylight saving: one hour earlier
than US Eastern Standard Time (the same time as Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
distill their tap water directly from the sea, making it very pure, and very nice to drink.
Volt 50 Hertz, 3 fase electricity net, which means standard wall-outlet is 127 Volt/50 Hertz. By the end of 2005 the island
will be on the European standard of 230/400 Volt 50 Hertz.
The guilder (also called the florin),
abbreviated Naf or ANG is the national currency. It is pegged to the US dollar at a stable rate of US$ 1 = NAf 1.77 for cash,
1.78 for traveler's checks.
Curaçao has some 30 public and private beaches, ranging from
intimate rocky coves to long strands bustling with activity.
Curacao's waters are teeming
with underwater life: multicolored parrot fish, silvery barracuda, spotted French angelfish and colorful butterfly fish are
just some of the varieties youre apt to see.
There are several museum on the island, especially Museum
Kura Hulanda, with a permanent exhibition on Africa and slavery on Curaçao.
Bon Bini in Papiamento
Curaçao Tourism Bureau
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