With nearly 40 white-sand beaches, luminous coral reefs and centuries-old Dutch architecture, Curaçao is an island like no other. Warmed by breathtaking beaches and enlightened by a mosaic of African and European culture. Where art is alive and spirit inspired. A paradise flourishing in florescence, from pastel Dutch design to brilliant coral bouquets.
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Curacao at a Glance
Location: Southwestern Caribbean, 35 miles north of Venezuela
Size: 171 square miles (38 miles long by 5 miles wide), the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles group
Climate: Averages in idyllic 82° daily with no rainy season and lies completely outside the hurricane belt
Language: Dutch and Papiamento officially, with English and Spanish widely spoken
Currency: Netherlands Antilles guilder or florin (divided into 100 cents), though U.S. dollars and major credit cards accepted most everywhere
For information about entry requirements for Curaçao, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.
Curaçao is the perfect place to catch some waves and sunrays. With nearly 40 beaches, pick your spot on the popular Seaquarium Beach or Blauwbaai, spread out your towel and relax. The Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino is located on the private beach, Piscadera Bay, just three miles away from the historic downtown Willemstad. The resort is a short walk to the beautiful shore and provides a full-service dive center and great snorkeling opportunities.
For great snorkeling, follow the locals to Daaibooi, south of Willemstad. And if you're looking for the perfect family beach, make your way to the quiet waters of Playa Lagun. If unbelievable scenery and views are on your wish list, make the trip to the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao. With abundant wildlife and stretches of white-sand beaches, it's one of the most beautiful places in the world.
The food is one thing that will keep you coming back to Curaçao. If you're a cheese lover, you'll be impressed by the abundance of Dutch Gouda. The island's Dutch heritage and the many European restaurant owners offer various gooey and delicious dishes that will leave you more than satisfied. One specialty to try is keshi yena, a spicy chicken dish stuffed with a variety of cheese, raisins, olives, peppers and capers. You can also sit down at one of our beachfront restaurants to taste a mixture of European, West-Indian and East Asian (particularly Indonesian) flavors, or sip on delicious drinks at our lounge overlooking the ocean.
You can also relax by visiting one of Curaçao's numerous spas. Massages, facials and body treatments are the most popular services on this island. Our resort is known for its health club and fitness center, which offers some of the most revitalizing facials, couple's massages, body scrubs, fitness counseling, and more.
The golf courses are definitely worthwhile. Check out the Old Quarry Golf Course designed by the legendary Pete Dye, a par 72 that is welcoming for all skill levels. Or bring the whole family to the Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, where you can leave the kids at the resort and meet them for lunch at one of the restaurants. It's a challenging course but features striking views of the Caribbean. It's worth it.
Kura Hulanda Museum
The European-enforces relocation of Africans from their native land to the Americas and the Caribbean in the 17th-19th centuries changed the fates of a people, and the face of the world, forever. Kura Hulanda Museum Director Leo Helms previews this moving exhibit, featuring the dark days of the slave trade and celebration of the human spirit.