About Curacao

Learn everything about the colorful and vibrant island, Curacao. Get to know about its geography, location, climate and environment. Before the trip to Curacao awaits you, it important to immerge yourself in its culture, value and norms. On this page we provide you with all of the information that is necessary to start your visit with lots of confidence. Do not forget to check some practical information regarding money, covid, transportation and medical health facilities offered on the island. All of the detailed information is listed down below.

Climate

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Culture

Languages
Dutch, Papiamentu and English are the official languages. Spanish is also widely used.

Religious Services
Curacao offers a variety of houses of worship to its visitors. For information on locations and hours of services, please inquire at your hotel’s front desk.

Geography & Location

Geography
Approximately 180 square miles, the largest island in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curaçao’s highest point is Mt Christoffel at 1,239 feet. Located 1,710 miles from New York, 35 miles north of Venezuela.

Climate
Annual averages: temperature 82°F, rainfall 22″, water temperature 81°F.

Time
Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of New York, except during Daylight Savings when the time is the same.

Conservation
Please respect the environment by not littering, not touching marine life or wildlife, and leaving rocks and shells in their original spaces. Also ensure souvenirs are not made from protected species like sea turtles, black coral, and the lignum vitae tree. And please reuse and refill drinking containers to help reduce the plastic trash problem.

Money & Currency

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Medical & Health

Medical
In case of illness, you can go to one of the pharmacies called “Boticas.” Benu Pharmacy has 3 locations where you can go

Dominguito   Caracasbaaiweg 164          +5999 461 7988
Otrabanda    Pater Euwensweg 46           +5999 462 5633
Palu Blanku   Frater Radulphusweg 1        +5999 735 2999

Opening hours
Monday till Saturday: 08.00 AM – 07.00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance ………………………………………………………… 912
Coast Guard ………………………………………………………. 913
Fire Department…………………………………………………. 911
Hospital …………………………………………………………….. 910
Police ………………………………………………………………… 911
SOS Line…………………………………………………………….. 127
Tourist Emergency Line……………………………………….. 917

Transportation

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Covid-19

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While Curacao is an ideal destination to travel all year round thanks to its great location in the southern Caribbean, the best time to visit the island would be from May to November. Since this period is considered the off-peak season, the airfares are lower as well as the hotel rates. There are also fewer visitors on the island and it almost never rains.

Curacao is a very safe island to visit and its population is very friendly regarding its visitors. While your stay should go smoothly, you should always be aware of petty crimes, pickpockets, and robberies.

You can easily travel around Willemstad with the small buses (minivan) or “Konvooi” which are traditional buses. While the small buses are more frequent, the “Konvooi” runs every hour. If you wish to explore the west side of the island, you should therefore consider renting a car or joining an excursion as public transportations are limited.

Curacao isn’t as expensive as other islands in the Caribbean. Depending on the type of traveler you are, you could spend an average of 85$ USD to 265$ USD a day. They are of course much more expensive options if you wish to treat yourself to a very luxurious stay. Know that they are different types of accommodations such as hostels, Airbnb, Boutique Hotels, Resorts, etc. They are also food trucks at night offering cheap meal options as well as numerous choices of local and international delicious restaurants around Willemstad.

There are so many things to do on the island of Curacao. Whether you like to spend time walking in the city to look at the beautiful architecture and artistic murals or wish to spend time in the wilderness snorkeling or hiking, you will most certainly appreciate the options available to you. They are 3 national parks to explore (Christoffel National Park, Shete Boka, and Den Dunki), many museums regarding the history of Curacao, the famous Blue Curacao Liquor Factory, the dynamic beaches of Mambo and Jan Thiel where you can dance and enjoy different happy hours as well as the secluded beaches of the west side of the island. Why not join in on an ATV tour or scuba diving excursion for an exciting outdoor adventure? As you can see, it is impossible to get bored while on Curacao!

There is no ferry service between Curacao, Aruba, and Bonaire. Unless you book a private charter, traveling to these islands is limited by air travel.

There is no ferry service between the mainland of Curacao and Klein Curacao. You should join in on a boat excursion to the island or have a private charter for the day.

While Curacao is free of dog rabies, you should always be careful approaching an animal you don’t know or any wildlife species.