"Fun, Sun & Relaxation" Curaçao by spartan

Curaçao Travel Guide: 349 reviews and 720 photos

Europe in the Caribbean

Location: Curaçao is located in the southwestern Caribbean, at latitude 12° north and longitude 68° west. The island is just 70 km (44 miles) north of South America. It is 2.5 hours by air from Miami. Size: 444 square kilometers (182 square miles); 61 km long; 5 km to 14 km wide. Population: 151,448. Some 40 to 50 different nationalities live on the island. Willemstad is the island's capital and only city.

Religions: Curaçao has a well earned reputation for religious as well as ethnic harmony. Catholics, Protestants, Jews and Muslims all have their own houses of worship and practice their religions freely. Over 80% of the population is Catholic, largely people from of African descent. The small Jewish and Dutch Protestant communities have considerable influence.

Government: Curaçao, along with neighboring Bonaire and three islands in the eastern Caribbean (St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba), forms the Netherlands Antilles, an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Locals are Dutch nationals and carry European Union passports.

The Flag: Curaçao's flag portrays the blue sea and sky, cut by the yellow sun. The two stars are Curaçao and its uninhabited sister island Klein Curaçao; their five points symbolize the five continents from which the varied local population originates.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Sun, water, people, beer, culture, peace and quiet
  • Cons:Curaçao is a very expensive place to visit
  • In a nutshell:Europe in the middle of the Caribbean
  • Last visit to Curaçao: Jun 1996
  • Intro Written Oct 4, 2002
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  • Nov 6, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Very nice page, isn't the Caribbean unique?

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    Jul 6, 2005 at 5:46 AM

    Excellent descriptive and photographic introduction to Curaçao, Barry. The waterfront looks delightful and your Queen Emma Bridge story is splendid. I assume you spent your slot machine winnings on the spirits?!

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    Apr 27, 2005 at 3:12 PM

    Nice page! Too bad I missed the brewery...I loved that Amstel biright!

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2005 at 7:39 AM

    Great story about the Queen Emma pontoon bridge--if I ever knew the story, I had forgotten it! Excellent tips!

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    May 5, 2004 at 2:40 AM

    You captured a beautiful corner of the world. A dream for us frozen Scandiavians :) Id love to visit Curacao too. Nice page!!

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2003 at 12:11 AM

    Seems the perfect spot for holidays!! And that european touch makes it so unique...

  • micas_pt's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2003 at 3:20 PM

    Nic page about a lovely place. Happy Birthday!!

  • vesna04's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2003 at 8:35 AM

    such a colerful houses, lovely place...well done.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Aug 5, 2003 at 9:18 AM

    Impressive mix of colours and cultures.

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2003 at 3:06 PM

    Nice page

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