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[Caribbean Travel] Holland: Curacao Willemstad

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A Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea, Curacao is close to South America and just a stone’s throw from Venezuela. It is attractive that there are many beautiful beaches in a tropical resort area with a warm climate all year round. The beautiful city of Willemstad, the capital, is also registered as a World Heritage Site. The colorful streets are a very popular place.

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place

Curacao is an island located in the Caribbean Sea.

history

Originally inhabited by the Arawak people, the island was conquered by Spain in the 1500s. In the 1600s the Dutch built a fort to drive out the Spaniards. The Netherlands introduced black slaves and prospered through corn and peanut plantation farming and salt production. In the 1900s, oil fields were discovered in Venezuela, and an oil refinery was built, prospering. With the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in 2010, Curacao became a sole member of the Netherlands.

climate

Curacao is a place with very little temperature variation throughout the year. Summers are hot and muggy, but winters are very warm. Temperatures range from 25°C to 33°C throughout the year.

language

Curacao’s official language is Dutch. But the indigenous people use Papiamento. Besides that, there are many people who can use Spanish and English.

security

Curacao is a very safe resort area. Crime rates are low, but tourists are easy targets for pickpockets, so keep your valuables safe.

industry

Curacao is famous for producing alcohol. The capital, Willemstad, is a free port and a hub for international trade, and trade is thriving. Also known as a tax haven, there are many immigrants. Also, the tourism industry is flourishing.

Race

In Curacao, the population consists of descendants of African immigrants and whites of Dutch descent.

religion

Curacao is made up of Catholics and Protestants.

currency

Antillean guilders are used.

Sightseeing Spot 1 : Kenepa Beach

This is the most popular spot on the beach. Curacao is known for its crystal clear waters and is one of the most popular beaches.

Sightseeing Spot 2 : Mambo Beach

Although it is a paid beach, it is fully equipped with facilities such as showers and toilets, so if you are unsure, this beach is recommended. It is a beach where you can swim safely in the sea because there is also a levee.

Sightseeing Spot 3 : Queen Emma Bridge

This bridge is a must-see when visiting the capital, Willemstad. This bridge is centrally located and connects the districts of Punda and Otropanda. It is a movable floating bridge that moves whenever a ship passes by.

Sightseeing Spot 4 : Hato Cave

The largest cave on Curacao, built over 200,000 years ago. It has been open to tourists since 1991 after being refurbished by the government to make it easier to enter and explore the cave.

Sightseeing Spot 5 : Kura Hulanda Museum

A museum where you can learn about the culture and history of Curacao. It has the largest African collection in the Caribbean. There are many exhibits about the history of slavery.

Sightseeing Spot 6 : Dolphin Academy Curacao

Dolphins are very popular with tourists on the island of Curacao. Not only can you see the dolphins, but you can also touch and play with them. This is a place where everyone from children to adults can enjoy themselves.

Sightseeing Spot 7 : Curaçao Liqueur Distillery

Edgar Sr. successfully made a liqueur. Here you can observe the manufacturing process of the liqueur, and you can also taste it. Cocktails are also available at the on-site bar.

Sightseeing Spot 8 : Shete Boka National Park

This national park is where you can see the nature of Curacao. The sight of the waves crashing into the rocks on the coast and blowing up is very popular, and many people take videos and photos.

Sightseeing Spot 9 : Willemstad

It is the capital of Curacao. It is a place that is registered as a World Heritage Site and is characterized by its colorful cityscape. Many buildings in Willemstad are reminiscent of Amsterdam at home.

Hotel

Since Curacao is a resort area, there are plenty of accommodation options. The nearest airport is Hato International Airport. You can book flights and accommodation from the link below. Other languages are also supported.

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