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Curacao Travel Guide
The 'C' of the ABC Islands of the Dutch Caribbean (Aruba & Bonaire comprising the A & B), Curacao is located just 35 miles north of Venezuela, and is the most populous island in the Netherlands Antilles. It is famous for its charming European culture, lack of over-development, friendly and hospitable residents, and inspiring natural beauty.
The island itself was first discovered in the 15th century on one of Christopher Columbus's expeditions. The Spanish empire ruled the island until 1634, when the Dutch took over and transformed this land into the charming getaway it is today. Curacao, and the capital city of Willemstad in particular, has been transformed in recent decades into a complete tourist haven. Restored colonial landmarks, ritzy hotels, and wonderful shopping are all at your fingertips here, thanks to a revitalization phase on the island that has restored many prime tourist sites to world prominence.
Almost all Curacao beaches are scattered along the sheltered and calm southwestern coast, where the waters are calm and crystal clear. At some beaches admission is charged, sometimes including a beach chair. Even though it is not common, nor acceptable practice at all beaches, you may see European visitors sunbathing topless. Please note that this is not permitted by law, but is tolerated at a few of the beaches.
Things to Do
A popular story told amongst residents of the island concerns a former governor of Curacao who supposedly suffered from intense migraines. Especially irritated by the color white, he ordered many of the buildings painted into the diverse pastel colors that we see in Willemstad and the surrounding cities to this day. You will delight in strolling through the colorful streets of Dutch style homes and buildings, creating a truly unique Caribbean cultural experience. Be glad to know that once you have seen your share of the local architecture, there is much more to discover on this fascinating island. Terrific restaurants and nightclubs, world-class casinos featuring all your favorite games, diving and snorkeling outfitters, and scenic national parks all await you as you spend your sun-filled days in unforgettable Curacao.
Eating and Drinking
Curacao, with its cultural diversity, offers a large selection of flavorful restaurants. As is to be expected, they present a wide variety of international as well as local cuisine. Each Curacao restaurant will make you feel at home. Most of our Curacao Island restaurants add a 10% service charge besides the 5% government sales tax. An additional tip, if you are pleased with the service, is a nice gesture.
Sights & Sounds
Curacao is a perfect place for diving, but as you will find, our island has so much more to offer. There are dozens of undiscovered Curacao attractions and adventures to be enjoyed. Treat yourself to heart-pounding water sports or marvel at 17th-century architecture. Indulge in fun tennis and world-class cuisine. Play golf in our sunny climate or test your luck in a high-stakes casino game. If you are looking for more than just a dive vacation, Curacao tourist attractions are for everybody. Escape to the Caribbean's hidden treasure. Fall in love with Curacao's world-class diving and beaches, invigorating tourist attractions, and welcoming culture. To experience dynamic Curacao attractions and adventures, make your travel arrangements today!