Curaçao is an island in the Caribbean, among the group known as the ABC Islands alongside Aruba and Bonaire. This trio is located near Venezuela and are considered to be outside the Caribbean’s hurricane zone.
This Dutch island features building styles you’d find in the Netherlands, but painted in beautiful pastel shades. The people of the island have developed a culture, and even a language, of their own. Papiamentu (also spelled Papiamento), is the island’s native Creole. Papiamentu is a mixture of Portuguese, Spanish and Dutch, but with a very basic grammar.
Arrive by air at Hato International Airport or by boat where the Cruise ships arrive at Curaçao Mega Pier or the Curaçao Cruise Terminal.
Visit the Museum Kura Hulanda, which chronicles the African slave trade as well as the cultures of Curacao or the Postal Museum, Maritime Museum or Queen Emma Bridge (a.k.a The Swinging Old Lady). Enjoy Christoffel National Park, Shete Boka National Park, the Curacao Sea Aquarium, Hato Caves, or go Snorkeling and Diving at Curacao’s Marine Park. There are plenty of beaches to choose from: Playa Kalki, also know as Alice in Wonderland, Playa Grote Kenapa, also known as Big Knip, Playa Kleine Kenapa, also known as Little Knip, Playa Jeremi, Playa Lagun, Playa Porto Mari, Cas Abao is a beach on a plantation. Also Daaibooi Baai, Hook’s Hut, Habitat Beach, Kontiki Beach, Mambo Beach, Seaquarium Beach, Jan Thiel Beach, Caracasbaai and Barbara Beach.
Local cuisine in Curaçao is a mixture of European, West-Indian and East Asian (particularly Indonesian) flavours. Dutch influences are found in the use of cheeses, bread and seafood. Also, stores can be found all over the island serving cheap Chinese food. They cater mostly to locals, but most serve good food. Hundreds of restaurants are listed on the mappa map.