INTRODUCTION AND FACTS
Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island, is known for its beaches tucked into coves and its expansive coral reefs rich with marine life. The capital, Willemstad, has pastel-colored colonial architecture, floating Queen Emma Bridge and the sand-floored, 17th-century Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. It’s also a gateway to western beaches like Blue Bay, a popular diving site.
HOW TO GET THERE
Flying to Curaçao is going to be the quickest way, and will afford you the most time to spend on the island discovering it’s culture and adventures. Curaçao also boasts one of the longest runways in the Caribbean, enabling our island to accommodate any type of plane – from commercial to private jet.
Curaçao has daily non-stop air services from the U.S., as well as daily flights to/from Venezuela, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Surinam, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Domingo, Bonaire, Aruba and St. Maarten. Of course there are connections available in many other parts of the world as well.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
The Caribbean conjures up images of white sand beaches, palm trees, coral reefs, and tropical drinks. This summer, I planned to travel much of the Caribbean (spoiler alert: I didn’t). At the top of my list of places to visit was Curaçao, located in the Dutch Antilles, a part of Holland and famous for its casinos, nightlife, and eponymous blue liqueur.
Curacaco is a a fun vacation destination for those who want to explore all that the Caribbean has to offer. With a wide variety of attractions in Curacao, you can cover the map when it comes to visiting favorite local attractions, exciting natural wonders, and the traditional tourist sites. With its proximity to other vacation destination such as Aruba and Venezuela, there are many options for fun and entertainment.
If you want to see all of the great places on the island at once, you can find Curacao tours that will take you from the major city of Willemstad to the north of the island where you will find the Christoffel National Park. Curacao excursions can be tailored to your interests,ed so you can see all of the Curacao activities you’ve been waiting forto witness. Many of these attractions and activities can be found in Willemstad, such as the Queen Emma Pontoon Brides and the Punda neighborhood where many of the shops and restaurants are located. In the city you will also find the Curacao Underwater Marine Park where you can explore local marine life. If you are interested in history, you can visit the Kura Hulanda Museum to learn about the African roots of the region. You can also visit the Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue to experience the western hemisphere’s oldest synagogue.
Explore the mysterious forces of the sea along the northwest coast of Curacao. With three distinct terraces running along the coastline, your tour takes you from desert plains to coral rock sea walls.
Your tour starts on the wide-open desert plains formed by volcanic and coral rock. Learn about the origins of this 171 square mile (444 square km) tiny Caribbean island. Drive through the plains on your way to Suplado, a natural hot springs where sea water and foam spray through a chute into the air, revealing colorful fountains and rainbows. Bathe in the shallow, warm water surrounding the Suplado and watch this spectacular show up-close.Continue to the rugged north coast and enjoy the exhilarating sea air at the magnificent Shete Boka National Park, location of the Boka Tabla, a cave half immersed in water. The narrow opening toward the sea allows powerful breaking waves to rush into the cave with pounding and incredible resonance. Capture a photo of the stunning sight that is unmistakably Curacao.
But not everything is so good…
What they don’t show in the brochures is the oil refinery on the edge of town. You know this beautiful, multicolored, waterfront photo that shows off the view Curaçao is famous for?
Well, right near there is a not-so-wonderful oil refinery blowing black smoke into the air — and it’s very visible from town.
To top it off, even the towns aren’t that pretty. Outside Willemstad’s famous waterfront, I wasn’t too impressed by the scenery, buildings, or homes. Even the resorts looked outdated. There’s nothing like a little grime and wear and tear on a city to give it some charm, but in Curaçao, the grit only added a feeling of woeful neglect.
Many resorts and hotels through out the islands . Depend from the location and price is depending.
Overall Curacao is nice and wonderful place and definitely is worthed to visit.