A blend of colonial Dutch design and West Indian whimsy, a stay at the “C” of the ABC Islands is as colorful as the façades of Willemstad. Floating craft and produce markets, modern art galleries, the Queen Emma Bridge, the largest African collection in the region at the Museum Kura Hulanda, relics at the Maritime Museum—these are surpassed in visual pleasure only by the island’s 35 beaches and unbelievable diving.
Art comes to life on the table; dining in this polyglot destination is influenced from every corner of the earth. Carnival makes winter worth celebrating, and the North Sea Jazz Festival draws talent from around the world. Nightly, the Salinja district dances until dawn with the joy of simply being in Curaçao.
With its Dutch colonial architecture, Curacao may seem like a European city that’s been dropped in the Caribbean. While bright, sherbet-colored buildings line up by St. Anna Bay, sugar-sand beaches with crystal-clear waters fringe the coast—providing a perfect playground for scuba divers and snorkelers. On terra firma, the capital city Willemstad serves up all the charm of a port with upscale stores, restaurants, and a vibrant nightlife. So, no matter what you have in mind, our Liberty sensory travel specialists can customize a vacation package that’s sure to delight.
Curacao at a Glance
Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
10-15%, if a service charge is not included.
Dutch, Papiamentu and English
Blue Curacao Liqueur
Stoba – an island stew
US plugs, 127 V (though most hotels provide a 110 V option)
Warm, sunny climate year-round, with temperatures in the mid-80s (ºF) due to gentle trade winds.
Best Time to Visit:
Top Things to Do in Curacao
Take a historic walking tour
Visit Punda and Otrabanda and learn about their fascinating heritage and walk across the “Swinging Old Lady,” a floating pedestrian bridge.
Check out the art scene
Curacao’s art scene is evident in the number of museums and galleries, but also in the street art and murals around the neighborhoods.
Visit the famous liqueur factory
You know about the Blue Curacao Liqueur, now see how it’s made. Then, sip and see if you can taste the difference from what you may have had before.
Dive in and be amazed
Diving enthusiasts will love the rich and diverse marine life and the Mushroom Forest—an underwater jungle of 10-foot, mushroom-shaped star coral.
Explore the Hato Caves
Take a tour of this elaborate network of stalactites and stalagmites with drawings that are at least 1,500 years old.
Important Things to Know:
Passport Requirement: Yes
Visa Requirement: No. Travel up to 180 days without visa.
This Destination is Best For: Beach, Hiking, Snorkeling and Scuba Experiences.
Is This a Family-Friendly Destination: Yes
Best Time To Travel to This Destination: May to November, but Year-round Destination.