Hot all year with trade winds. The rainy season is from October to December. The average temperature is 27.5 ° C. The temperature difference between summer and winter, on average by 2.0 ° C, the difference between day and night is at 5-6 ° C. Curaçao is outside the "hurricane belt
The capital, Willemstad should be explored by foot.
Along the carefully planned roads you will find the colorful houses in pastel shades. Typical netherland architecture fits here the Caribbean style.
St. Anna Baai, the canal to the natural port Schottegat divides the city into two parts. The lovely restored old town and the harbor front of Curacao have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Maritime Museum, the Museum of Curacao and others invite you on a journey into the past of the island.
One of the main attractions is the floating market in a small tributary of the St. Anna Bay.
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The capital, Willemstad should be explored on foot.The carefully planned road is lined with colorful houses in pastel shades. Typical Holland architecture fits here in the Caribbean style.By St. Anna Baai, the approach channel to the natural port Schottegat the city is divided into two parts. The lovingly restored old town and the harbor front of Curacao have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Maritime Museum, the Museum of Curacao and other load on a journey into the past of the island.One attraction is the floating market in a small tributary of the St. Anna Bay.
Curaçao is an island of the Lesser Antilles and is located off the coast of Venezuela.
It belongs politically to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but is autonomous - so the valid currency is not the euro, but the Netherlands Antilles guilder. The capital, Willemstad, is the lively center of the island, marked by enormous overseas and important industry.
On Curaçao Nature lovers will get their money. There are many beautiful birds to see, and the underwater world is very diverse. Those who travel not just for diving in the Caribbean should at least snorkel and visit all the beautiful coral and fish.
Like Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao is a transcontinental island that is geographically part of South America but is also considered to be part of West Indies and one of the Leeward Antilles. Curaçao and the other ABC Islands are in terms of climate, geology, flora and fauna more akin to nearby Paraguaná Peninsula, Isla Margarita and the nearby Venezuelan areas of the Coro region and Falcón State. The flora of Curaçao differs from the typical tropical island vegetation. Xeric scrublands are common, with various forms of cacti, thorny shrubs, evergreens, and the island's national tree, divi-divis. Curaçao's highest point is the 375 metre (1,230 ft) Christoffelberg ("Mount Christoffel") in the northwestern part of the island. This lies in the reserved wildlife park, Curaçao Christoffelpark, and can be explored by car, bike, horse or on foot. Several trails have been laid out. Curaçao has many places where one can hike. There are Saliñas, salt marshes where flamingos fly out to rest and feed. 24km (15 miles) off the coast of Curaçao, to the southeast, lies the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao ("Little Curaçao").
Sea Aquarium beachCuraçao is known for its coral reefs, used for scuba diving. The beaches on the south side contain many popular diving spots. An unusual feature of Curaçao diving is that the sea floor drops steeply within a few hundred feet of the shore, and the reef can easily be reached without a boat. This drop-off is known as the "blue edge." Strong currents and lack of beaches make the rocky northern coast dangerous for swimming and diving, but experienced divers sometimes dive there from boats when conditions permit. The southern coast is very different and offers remarkably calm waters. The coastline of Curaçao features many bays and inlets, many of them suitable for mooring.
Some of the coral reefs are affected by tourism. Porto Marie beach is experimenting with artificial coral reefs in order to improve the reef's condition. Hundreds of artificial coral blocks that have been placed are now home to a large array of tropical fish.
Curaçao has a semi-arid savanna-like climate with a dry season from January to September and a wet season from October to December. The temperatures are relatively constant with small differences throughout the year. The trade winds bring cooling during the day and the same trade winds bring warming during the night. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 26.5 °C (79.7 °F) and the warmest month is September with an average temperature of 28.9 °C (84.0 °F). The year's average maximum temperature is 31.2 °C (88.2 °F). The year's average minimum temperature is 25.3 °C (78.1 °F). Curaçao lies outside the hurricane belt, but can still occasionally be smitten by hurricanes, as for example Omar did in 2008. A landfall of a hurricane in Curaçao has not occurred since the National Hurricane Center started tracking hurricanes. Curaçao is however several times directly affected by a pre-hurricane tropical storm, the latest which did so were Cesar-Douglas at 1996 and Joan-Miriam at 1988.
Map of Curaçao in 1836.
Dutch architecture along Willemstad's harbor.The original inhabitants of Curaçao were Arawak Amerindians. The first Europeans to see the island were members of a Spanish expedition under the leadership of Alonso de Ojeda in 1499. The Spaniards exported most of the indigenous population to other colonies where workers were needed. The island was occupied by the Dutch in 1634. The Dutch West India Company founded the capital of Willemstad on the banks of an inlet called the 'Schottegat'. Curaçao had been ignored by colonists because it lacked many things that colonists were interested in, such as gold deposits. However, the natural harbour of Willemstad proved quickly to be an ideal spot for trade. Commerce and shipping — and piracy—became Curaçao's most important economic activities. In addition, the Dutch West India Company made Curaçao a center for the Atlantic slave trade in 1662. Dutch merchants brought slaves from Africa under a contract with Spain called Asiento. Under this agreement, large numbers of slaves were sold and shipped to various destinations in South America and the Caribbean.
The slave trade made the island affluent, and led to the construction of impressive colonial buildings. Curaçao features architecture that blends Dutch and Spanish colonial styles. The wide range of historic buildings in and around Willemstad earned the capital a place on UNESCO's world heritage list. Landhouses (former plantation estates) and West African style "kas di pal'i maishi" (former slave dwellings) are scattered all over the island and some of them have been restored and can be visited.
Curaçao's proximity to South America translated into a long-standing influence from the nearby Latin American coast. This is reflected in the architectural similarities between the 19th century parts of Willemstad and the nearby Venezuelan city of Coro in Falcón State, the latter also being a UNESCO world heritage site. In the 19th century, Curaçaoans such as Manuel Piar and Luis Brión were prominently engaged in the wars of independence of Venezuela and Colombia. Political refugees from the mainland (like Bolivar himself) regrouped in Curaçao and children from affluent Venezuelan families were educated in the island.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the island changed hands among the British, the French, and the Dutch several times. Stable Dutch rule returned in 1815, at the end of the Napoleonic wars. The Dutch abolished slavery in 1863. The end of slavery caused economic hardship, prompting many inhabitants of Curaçao to emigrate to other islands, such as to Cuba to work in sugarcane plantations.
When in 1914 oil was discovered in the Maracaibo Basin town of Mene Grande, the fortunes of the island were dramatically altered. Royal Dutch Shell and the Dutch Government had built an extensive oil refinery installation on the former site of the slave-trade market at Asiento, thereby establishing an abundant source of employment for the local population and fueling a wave of immigration from surrounding nations. Curaçao was an ideal site for the refinery as it was away from the social and civil unrest of the South American mainland, but near enough to the Maracaibo Basin oil fields. It had an excellent natural harbor that could accommodate large oil tankers. The company brought affluence to the island. Large housing was provided and Willemstad developed an extensive infrastructure. However, discrepancies appeared among the social groups of Curaçao. The discontent and the antagonisms between Curaçao social groups culminated in rioting and protest on May 30, 1969. The civil unrest fueled a social movement that resulted in the local Afro-Caribbean population attaining more influence over the political process (Anderson and Dynes 1975). The island developed a tourist industry and offered low corporate taxes to encourage many companies to set up holdings in order to avoid rigorous schemes elsewhere. In the mid 1980s Royal Dutch Shell sold the refinery for a symbolic amount to a local government consortium. The aging refinery has been the subject of lawsuits in recent years, which charge that its emissions, including sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, far exceed safety standards. The government consortium currently leases the refinery to the Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA.
In recent years, the island had attempted to capitalize on its peculiar history and heritage to expand its tourism industry. In 1984 the Island Council of Curaçao inaugurated the National Flag and the official anthem of the island. This was done on July 2, which was the date when in 1954 the first elected island council was instituted. Since then, the movement to separate the island from the Antillean federation has steadily become stronger.
Due to an economic slump in recent years, emigration to the Netherlands has been high. Attempts by Dutch politicians to stem this flow of emigration have exacerbated already tense Dutch-Curaçao relations. Immigration from surrounding Caribbean islands, Latin American countries and the Netherlands has taken place
- The Sint Christoffelmountain Nationalpark, where the hole Flora and Fauna is located.
- the Seaquarium at Cornelis Baai
- die Kalksteinhöhlen von Hato
- the botanic garden
- the Strauss-Park and the Flamingo area
Your holidays can occur on any day of the week. Arrival and departure, minimum rental period: You can arrive or depart on any day of the week. The minimum stay is 7 nights. You can take over your holiday accommodation at 4:00 o'clock p.m. On departure day we ask you kindly to leave the accomodation latest at 11:00 o' clock a.m. So our cleaning staff has the opportunity to clean the accomodation for the following guests. If you want to use the accomodation on departure day until your flight leaves Curacao - e.g. because you have booked a late flight - we recommend to book the accomodation for the departure-day as well. If you have decided to book our airport service, you will be expected at the exit of the airport and taken to your holiday accommodation. If you have decided to travel on your own, you will be welcomed at your holiday accommodation. If desired, you get a description how to get from the airport to your holiday home. The house will be checked together with you and the water and electricity-meterwill be taken. You can reach the maintainer/owner, in case you have questions during your stay. There is a manual in the house with various informations including how the devices are operable. If necessary, our staff will be happy to give you more information. On departure day - 'check out' - the house will finally be checked together with you and as well taken the electricity and water meter reading, which will be charged to you after your travel and taking into account of your deposit.
Nudism and topless sunbathing: We would like to point out that nudism is not allowed on Curacao. Topless sunbathing is allowed only limited, under the condition that no one feels harassed or takes offense. Please note that the views clear on this subject on Curaçao from those in your home country differ and please respect the other culture you are visiting.
On Curaçao, people are living outside. There you can smoke, but we ask that you also for the benefit of the following guests not to smoke in the holiday property. For this extra cleaning costs incurred, we will charge you.
In our offer you can find the prices of the holiday property with the number of bedrooms, which are made available. One bedroom is for up to two people. If you require a cot / high chair and they are available, we can portray it for you for a small extra charge. We kindly ask you to indicate this when making your reservation and to additionally book it. Not booked bedroom can be closed and therefore you use the accommodation in single occupancy. In addition, you will find all additional costs, such as final cleaning, in the offer. The electricity costs are not included in the price per kwh and acc. Count charged. Water according to individual cases. Charged per cubic meter and is not included in the price by every object .
Use of air conditioning, water: We ask you to use the air conditioning only when it is really necessary, not so if the windows are open and / or you are not in your accommodation. The benefit of air conditioning is unnecessary and the biggest cause of a very high power consumption, which may require additional payment. The water on Curaçao is very expensive (about € 8,- per m3), since all the water is extracted from sea water and processed in a separate sea water treatment plant. We invite you to review sparingly with water. The water can be safely drunk and used for brushing teeth.
Use of the holiday home: The accommodation is used exclusively as a holiday house. This means among other things, that no harassment or interference may occur for the neighborhood (in whatever terms). So it is for e.g. not allowed to celebrate parties or other events with more people, than you have announced in your reservation (unless you have a commitment from the landlord or manager). If in doubt, please contact us or the administrator on site.
Cancellation:If you have to cancel your reservation unexpectedly, we will try to rent the accommodation for the same period. For this purpose, the following cancellation policy is valid: ? If a complete reletting is possible, we charge you processing costs of € 100, - ? If a partial reletting is possible we charge you processing costs of € 125, - plus the rent for the days on which no tenant has been found; ? If we don't find another tenant, the total rental costs will be charged to you. If you start your departure before the agreed departure date, you will receive no refund. A change in the number of people after your reservation is not considered as a cancellation. The added costs will be charged and have to be payed before you leave. We recommend a travel-cancellation-insurance.
A small mishap can happen to anyone. We assume that you treat the accommodation during your stay with the necessary care and no willful damage. To provide a perfect holiday home for the following guests, we ask you kindly to inform the local facility manager immediatly in the event of damage and report the damage. Should you be responsible for the damage, we will charge you with the cost of repair or replacement and deduct this amount of your deposit. Minor damages to a total value less than EUR 20.00 will not be charged.
Option, reservation, payment and deposit: After you have sent a reservation request to us, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail from us within 24 hours. You will be asked to make an advanced payment of 25% of the total amount within the period of 5 working days to the bank-account, which is specified on the invoice. Please make sure, that your booking number is mentioned on your bank-transfer. If your advance payment is delayed, the reservation is invalid. Please also read the FAQ-point: "Cancellation". The remaining balance must be payed at least 6 weeks before your arrival to the specified account, mentioned on the invoice and under stating your booking number. Please make inquiries and payments always with stating your booking number in order to help us to allocate your payments and process your booking. In the property description, you will see the price of the house/appartment per night and the number of bedrooms. The prices relate generally to the use the house/apptm. with two persons, unless it is expressly named in the property description. For any other person we take a surcharge. A child's bed can be placed as well for a small fee. Please ask for a childs-bed explicitly when needed. In the price description you will find the cost of the end-cleaning too. The costs of electricity and water will be separately recorded by meter and charged (note in the property description: "Are not included.) Deposit: A mishap can happen to anyone. We encourage you to report immediately any damage to the staff, so that it can soon be resolved. Damages less than € 20.00 will not be charged. If you are responsable for the damage , we will charge you the the repair- costs, which will be deducted from the deposit.
Nowadays is no problem on holidays to rent a car, so you are mobile when your are on vacation. The best is to ask for a childrens-security-seat right with your car rental booking and that the seat fits the car. Baby seats are rare. If you travel with a baby up to 9 months, you should ask for baby seats before you book a car. If you have children up to 12 years old, you should have a children-seat as well, so that your children enjoy the vacation island with you save and comfortabel. Booking a childrens seat: Most of the car rental companys offer a childrens seat to book with the car. But not all of them, especially because it is no duty to use a childrens seat on Curacao (as it is law in other countries). For a small amount (ca. 1 bis 2 EUR per day) we offer you - as far as they are available - childrens-security-seats, so we thought of families. Please book a seat right with your accomodation, so that we can reserve one for you right in time.