Where is it?
Known as the ABC islands (Aruba and Bonaire being the A&B) Curaçao lies 40 miles away from Venezuela in the Caribbean sea. Along with Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands – although it is formally referred to as the Country of Curaçao. It also includes the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao as well as the main island which has a population of 150,000 spread out over 171 square miles.
Curaçao enjoys a tropical savannah climate all year round with its wet season running from October to December and the dry season from January to September. This makes it perfect for some winter sun (if you live in the northern hemisphere) or some summer fun if you normally head off on vacation between June and August.
The location of Curaçao also means that it avoids most hurricanes as it lies outside of the hurricane belt. So there are no worries about your vacation being ruined by stormy weather, although Curaçao does still experience the odd hurricane now and then.
What to see and do?
Tourists flock to the north of the island to see the blue edge. This is the island’s insular shelf which has a sharp drop revealing the sea beneath. It is quite a view and if you are visiting the island it is not to be missed – especially if you’re a keen scuba diver.
Another notable diving spot is the “Mushroom Forest” which is teeming with marine life. Over time the base of hard coral formations have been slowly eroded by waves so they have grown in such a way as to resemble mushrooms – hence the name!
Another fascinating geological wonder on the island are the lava formations. The Knip formation, the Mid-Curaçao formation and Limestone formations.
The Hato Caves are also worth a visit. Steeped in history, escaped slaves would lie low for weeks or even months on end. Take a guided tour and see the stalagmites, stalactites and cave drawings, which date back 1500 years.
In the south the island boasts calm, warm waters that are great for swimming and snorkelling. Jan Thiel and Cas Abou are beautiful beaches that are popular with tourists.
Where to Stay?
Baoase Luxury Resort
This elegant resort is situated on the south side of the island between the capital Willemstad (a UNESCO world heritage site) and the popular Curaçao Sea Aquarium/Mambo Beach. Small but perfectly formed, there are 23 gorgeous rooms, suites and villas, The ultimate getaway for the luxury seeker! BOOK IT or MORE INFO
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
Situated on a pristine beachfront on Santa Barbara Plantation, this luxurious resort offers a Pete Dye-designed 18-hole golf course with many ocean-facing holes as well as a 24-hour fitness facility, tennis centre and a luxury spa. Dining options are plentiful and include several poolside bars as well as speciality, à la carte and buffet-style dining in several open-air restaurants. BOOK IT or MORE INFO
This monumental villa has only five boutique guestrooms, great service and a delicious breakfast by the pool. Situated on the outskirts of Pietermaai, this recently renovated neighborhood has lots of great restaurants, nightlife and historic architecture to enjoy. Within walking distance is Punda, the oldest part of Willemstad and the Caribbean sea is only 100m away. BOOK IT or MORE INFO