Curaçao is an island close to Venezuela, along its sister island Aruba and Bonaire. It is characterized by its beautiful beaches and picturesque architectural creations, which allows it to be identified and recognized as one of the most wonderful and attractive places for visitors of the world.
It is extremely close to South America, and it is a transcontinental island that is also part of one of the Lesser Leeward Antilles and the West Indies. If it is observed on the map, it can be seen that it is located to the south of the Caribbean Sea and very close to the country Venezuela, given its proximity to Margarita Island, Paraguaná Peninsula and the capital of Falcón State.
Curaçao is the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles, its location, as mentioned above, is very close to Venezuela. Its capital is Willemstad, being the main city that provides a fundamental natural port that contributes to the economy of the place.
Eighty percent of the residents of Curaçao are of African descent. The remainder is a mi from Dutch, the indigenous Arawaks, and Spanish descent. The good thing that this island has to show is its authenticity since it has a cultural and historical root that makes it attractive, starting with its architecture, marked by a unique style with vibrant Caribbean colors.
The largest economic activity that provides stability to the island is concentrated in the city of Willemstad. One of the most interesting places is precisely the Reina Emma Bridge, a floating bridge that connects two bays and can be crossed on foot; This bridge is open when a ship needs to cross the bay and can be appreciated by all visitors to the place.
If you decide to get there, don´t even think about winter clothes, as the average daily temperature is 29 Celsius degrees, while the average water temperature is the same. The island is quite flat, as its highest point is only 375 meters above sea level. For those who enjoy diving, there are over 70 diving sites.
The best way to get the most from the island is by renting a car in agencies such as Europcar. Driving in Curaçao is not very difficult, as long as certain things are taken into account. The local population is in absolutely no hurry and drives quite slowly (the maximum speed in inhabited areas is 45 km / h, and 60-80 km / h elsewhere). People make frequent lane changes, change direction, or stop suddenly, which means that it is wise to leave some distance. On the island, the traffic is on the right side of the road. Also, at intersections, on-going traffic has right-of-way.
In Willemstad it can be a bit difficult to find a place to park your car. In the large free car park in Waaigat there is always space available, but this area is less safe at night. In the old neighborhood of Punda and near Wilhelminaplein there are two guarded car parks, which charge 0.50 Antillean guilders. You also have to pay to park near them. Anywhere else, parking is free. You have to be careful, lock the car very well and do not leave anything of value in sight. It is recommended to park your car in a well-lit square.
If you visit Curaçao with your children, you should reserve the necessary extras - such as child seats and baby seats - in advance. Especially in the high season, from January to May, these extras are gone quite quickly.
If you decide to rent a car, feel free to contact Europcar by calling +5999 888 3322 or by sending an email to info@Europcar-Curacao.com.