Curaçao is part of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Off the coast of Venezuela, Curaçao is famous for its enchanting crystalline waters, exceptional beaches and wild landscapes. A little piece of Europe, inherited from the Dutch heritage, that sets it apart from other Caribbean islands. A destination of choice for travelers seeking the warmth of the south, combined with the historical charm of Europe.
In the capital, Dutch architecture blends with the bright colors typical of the Caribbean Islands. This improbable mix is what makes the dynamic city of Willemstad so charming. The historic city center with its unique design has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll through the streets of the historic district of Punda, where you will find a wide selection of galleries and stores that are sure to delight tourists. Linger at the market, where you can buy fresh produce, as well as fish just off the boats. The Pietermaai District is a must-see neighborhood for nightlife, entertainment and fine dining.
The most beautiful treasures of Curaçao are underwater. Even novice divers will be able to admire the beautiful underwater life of the island thanks to the corals and reefs easily accessible from the beach. Come and see for yourself the double reef "The Valley" at Playa PortoMari, a private beach nestled in a small bay. Curaçao's waters are home to a huge population of tropical fish, dolphins and rays and you will have plenty of time to observe them. Divers can even explore some of the wrecks that dot the seabed.
Water sports are not the only popular activities in Curaçao. The island offers many trails that will please hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts. Christoffel National Park provides magnificent views of Curaçao, as well as a chance to admire the flora and fauna of the region. The more adventurous will be able to climb Mount Christoffel, which rises 375 meters above sea level, making it the highest view point on the island.
The must-see Kura Hulanda Museum tells the history of slavery in the West Indies, in addition to paying tribute to the African roots of the West Indian people. The museum, located in a former 19th century merchant house, witnessed the slave trade on the island. Its transformation into a museum whose mission is to educate the public about a dark period in Caribbean history is both noble and highly relevant. Although the topic is sensitive, a visit to the museum is most interesting and provides an essential history lesson for anyone interested in this region of the world and the people who inhabit it.
Like many Caribbean Islands, Curaçao celebrates Carnival in style. You will have the pleasure to see it come to life to the sound of frenzied rhythms if you visit the island in February. Several parades will allow you to admire the brightly colored costumes of the festival-goers, carefully decorated with feathers and pearls. Get ready for street partying if you wish to celebrate like a local! Savor local flavors and immerse yourself in the lively Carnival atmosphere!
The official currency is the Netherlands Antillean Guilder (ANG).
Electrical outlets used in Curaçao are the same as in Canada: 120V and 60Hz.
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