Can you think of a place full of white sandy beaches, with delicious water for diving and snorkeling and yet culturally rich? That place is Curacao island, in the Caribbean.
There are many reasons that will make you want to travel to Curacao. Before travelling, many Europeans and American tourists may be worries about safety. Is it safe to travel to Curacao? Yes, it is. The island of Curacao has the highest income per capita in the Caribbean, with low crime rates, and everything works well (at the Latin American standards). But, of course, there are some places where you should be careful. In fact, it is worth avoiding Soosam Beach when it is dark. Nevertheless, you should get a good travel insurance to be covered in case of an emergency.
Renting a car is the easiest way to get to know the island. Renting a car in Curacao is a very smart decision, and you can do it as soon as you arrive on the island, or arrange it before your trip. Roads are relatively well maintained, but you should always be especially careful as signage are not enough and driver could be somehow aggressive.
Curacao receives many cruises on a daily basis. Arriving in the port area of Curacao and coming across the colorful Willemstad is a great welcome experience. Cruise tourists can choose to head north to explore the most beautiful beaches in Curacao, such as Canepa Grandi, Laguna (for snorkel fans), Porto Marie or Chaos Abao, or they can head south to visit one of Jan Theil's Beach Club Complexes or Mambo Beach. If you want to get to know the most beautiful beaches of Curacao, go north. If you want to relax on the beach mat, head to a Beach Club.
So far, you might be thinking: where to stay in Curacao? Should I choose a resort? Staying at a resort is always a great way to relax and unwind, and the Caribbean has many beautiful islands and is well-suited places for this type of tourism. However, there are many great resorts on the island. The other option is to stay in Willemstad and from there, with a rental car, explore the island.
Curacao is out of the hurricane ring, making it a great place to visit at any time of the year. Of course, strong winds can blow, but the chances of a hurricane hitting the area are almost nil. The wettest months are from October to December, but rains are not very strong; they are summer storms.
On the island, the most widely spoken language is Papiamento, a strange mixture of African Creole, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English and Arawak Indians. Dutch and Spanish are also spoken and English is understood by most people. There are many Dutch tourists in Curacao. A lot!
Another important thing to take into consideration is that you can eat very well in Curacao, especially in Willemstad. In Pietermaritzburg, the most popular places for party are on Nieuwestraat Street, being Jazz Cafe and Fantastic World some of the best.
In case you need more reasons to visit the island, be aware that, in addition to its beautiful beaches, Curacao is a culturally rich place in the Caribbean. Its capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once there, be sure to visit the famous harbor bridge facing the famous colorful historic buildings.
Punda and Ostrobanda are in the Willemstad neighborhood where tourists find most of the cultural attractions. Be sure to visit the Jewish Synagogue, the Floating Market, the Cura Hulanda Museum, the Marine Aquarium and the Postal Museum. To eat, Punda has many nice restaurants, with live music at night.
Almost all Curacao´s beaches are located on protected beaches, with calm waters and shades of crystal blue. Some beaches have an entrance fee which sometimes includes a beach chair. The most popular are Canepa Grandi (free access), Portomari, Sequarium and Cas Abao (with an entrance fee).
Last but not least, it is great to know that it is possible to go on a safari, on the island, in the middle of the Caribbean. Yes, your visit to Curafeco can include a wonderful safari. The tour explores the entire North Coast and includes a cave visit and a visit to the beautiful Christophel National Park.