6:40 am - Wednesday July 26, 2017

Curacao

Real. Different.

CuracaoCuracao is one of the Caribbean’s most sophisticated capitals. Don’t miss the Maritime Museum, the Sea Aquarium, and the Curacao Postal Museum to see bright Antillean stamps. Visit the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the Caribbean’s oldest continuously operating synagogue, with a fine display on the island’s Jewish history. The winter-time Curacao Carnival boasts parades with floats, Jump Ups (outdoors), Jump Ins (indoors) and outrageous costumes. Serious divers come for the spring Curacao Dive Festival to participate in a weeks’ worth of workshops such as Underwater Digital Photography.

The western shores have a series of beautiful beaches, each one occupying a separate cove: popular Daaibooi, tiny Playa Lagun, and Knip, which opens onto a large bay of luminous water. 

Also in the west is Christoffel Park. Drive, hike, or ride a horse through kadushi cactus, tamarind, divi-divi trees and lignum vitae trees, the road curving upward to amazing vistas of Mount Christoffel.

Curacao also hosts a jazz festival, a gospel festival, a food festival and a kite competition. The locally famous Jazz Night at Blues Restaurant on a pier overlooking the sea is not to be missed. Classy, joyful and mellow, it’s the perfect summary of what’s so appealing about Curaçao. 

AIRPORTS/GATEWAYS/FLYING TIMES

Airport: International Airport HATO (CUR), located 7.5 miles from the capital, Willemstad. Gateways/Flying Times: Amsterdam – 9 hours. Caracas – 45 minutes. Miami – 2.5 hours. Newark – 4.5 hours. 

KLM fly from 14 regional airports in the UK via Amsterdam to Hato International Airport (CUR). Additional connections are available with American Airlines via Miami and Delta Airlines via Atlanta. Inter island flights are available with Dutch Caribbean Airlines (DCA) and BonairExcel.

CLIMATE

Annual average temperature – 80 degrees F. Average humidity – 77%. Average rainfall – 21 inches. Windspeed 16 mph.

DINING

Cuisines from more than a dozen countries range from classic to exotic, local dishes also reflect an international influence. American, French, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Typical Dutch style house, Willemstad, Latin American, Gourmet, Fast food. Dress code varies. Service charge 10%.

LANGUAGE

Dutch is the official language. Multi-racial Curacaoans also speak English, Spanish and their own unique blend, Papiamento.

NIGHTLIFE

Entertainment available includes – Discos. Dinner/Dance. Theatre. Casinos. Nightclubs. Live Music.

SIGHTSEEING

Museums. Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. Landhouses. Forts. 16th and 17th Century Architecture. Curaçao Sea Aquarium. Curacao Liqueur Distillery. Floating Market. Hato Caves. Amstel Beer Brewery. City Tour. Willemstad Walking Tour. Three Queens Bridges. Christoffel National Park. Boca Tabla Grotto. Shete Boka Park. Curaçao Ostrich and Game Farm. Willemstad Trolley Tour. Herb Garden.


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