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Curaçao Overview

Curaçao's reputation as a world-class dive destination has grown to the extent that it no longer exists in the shadow of its sister island, Bonaire. Its shores are surrounded by beautiful coral reefs and a number of wrecks including the Superior Producer and two sunken tugboats. As the largest of the "ABC" islands, Curacao has miles of coastline dotted with isolated beaches, a bustling downtown with great shopping, historical sites and nightlife and exciting diving right offshore.

Curacao Views Curaçao is best known for its European atmosphere. Nowhere else in the world outside of the Netherlands are there so many exquisite 17th and 18th Century Dutch colonial buildings. The largest of the Netherland Antilles islands, Curaçao’s population of 150,000 is made up of 55 nationalities. This diversity extends throughout the island’s culture, environment and topside activities. Historic Dutch architecture abounds both in the capital city, Willemstad and throughout the countryside where the Landhouses (Plantations) have often been converted into public venues. In the center of down-town the famed “floating bridge” divides Willemstad into two sides, Punda and Otrabanda where the cruise ships dock and shopping is a favorite activity. As the most populated island of the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao also has plenty of nightlife including rested-rants, casinos and nightclubs, many with a distinct Dutch flavor.

Diving Highlights: While the majority of diving is done from boats, there is a fair amount of shore diving available as well. The wide range of sites–wall, reef, and wrecks–provide an extraordinary experience for every-one. Also enjoy windsurfing, deep sea fishing, and sailing.

Average Air Temp: Day: 85° F Night: 76° F

Water Temp: 78° - 84° F

Weather: Located in the tropics, just 12° north of the Equator–and outside of the hurricane belt–Curaçao has a warm sunny climate year round. Refreshing trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months.

Curacao Views Curaçao is also rich in natural beauty. Its secluded bays, rich fauna and flora, crystalline seas and beautiful reefs provide the perfect opportunity for visitors to explore Curaçao’s hidden treasures.

A wide variety of hotels and resorts dot the coastline, from small casual hotels to five star resorts. A growing number of moored dive sites are located along the coast and include reefs and wrecks. In addition, the Curaçao Seaquarium offers exciting interactions with sharks, turtles and stingrays as well as an aquarium hall with an extensive collection of marine life.

The combination of fine diving, active nightlife, loads of duty-free shopping opportunities, good beaches and more make the island a full adventure–an excellent choice for divers and non-divers alike. Where else in the Caribbean can you immerse yourself in Dutch culture, European ambience and fine diving all at the same time? Curaçao...the place to go.

Adventure and Sightseeing
Historic, beautiful, diverse architecture is found all over the island. Explore interesting and easily accessible caves and stroll across the floating bridge. Enjoy horse-back riding, golf, tennis, cycling and many available museum and walking tours.

As Curaçao is a cruise ship port, there is plenty of shopping and nightlife available to enjoy, in addition to several casinos. Imports and locally produced products such as souvenirs, Arawak clay products, tiles and replica landhouses.