The laidback island atmosphere of Curaçao
Longing for sun, sea, sand and... romance? Then book a flight to Curaçao for an unforgettable holiday and discover this easy-going island in the Caribbean. Meet the friendly locals, go snorkelling among hundreds of colourful fish and dine on the beach at sunset. Curaçao will capture your heart!
The Curaçao beaches, the popular Mambo Beach being one of the best known, are undeniably alluring with their pearly-white sand, swaying palm trees and bright blue sea. Explore the underwater world, where you’ll find it’s almost as colourful as life itself on the island. You can go snorkelling or diving from nearly every beach. Curaçao is an ideal destination for a wonderful beach holiday or romantic honeymoon. Treat yourself: book a flight to Curaçao now!
Amsterdam of the Caribbean
Willemstad, the island’s capital, is often called the Amsterdam of the Caribbean. The city owes its nickname to the colourful canalside mansions that are strongly reminiscent of the Dutch capital. In Willemstad's easy-going atmosphere, you'll enjoy the good food in one of its many restaurants even more. If you’d like to learn more about Curaçao’s colonial history, drop by the Kura Hulanda museum.
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Curaçao’s beach clubs are world renowned. In the daytime you can laze around and tan for hours, and at night the lounge beds, tables and chairs are moved aside and the party kicks off until dawn. The temperature rarely falls below 24 degrees – the ideal temperature to dance the night away with your feet in the sand.
Curaçao is a popular destination for a full-service holiday. The selection of hotels is therefore mostly limited to affordable resort hotels, usually not the most romantic accommodations. However, there are a few exceptions. These 3 boutique hotels ensure a romantic stay – complete with a couples’ massage, a bottle of bubbles or a bed full of rose petals.
Swim amongst sea turtles, barracudas and manta rays: diving on Curaçao is a dream. Admire schools of angel fish, parrot fish and trumpet fish, or take a closer look at swaying marine sponges. But to explore this underwater world, one must first learn how to dive. There are around 30 diving schools in Curaçao so take your pick!
Gorgeous beaches are one of the main attractions of Curaçao. The island has dozens of sheltered bays devoid of the crowds you may find on the more famous beaches. With so many different stretches of sand to choose from, there is always something fun to do: enjoy a delicious barbecue with the locals or relax on a luxurious lounge bed and sip a refreshing cocktail.
Long ago, Curaçao was home to as many as 100 plantations that grew sugar cane, aloe and indigo. The centrepiece of each plantation was the estate: a spacious mansion that housed the plantation owner, the family and the house slaves. The house was usually set on a beautiful location such as a hilltop, with sweeping views of the plantation and the other buildings. Approximately half of these estates still stand and dozens have been beautifully restored and renovated. Today many of these mansions operate as a museum, restaurant or boutique hotel.
Far from Willemstad and Mambo Beach is Christoffel Park, tucked away in a pristine corner of Curaçao. This rugged nature reserve is full of rare wild orchids, gigantic cacti and enormous iguanas, surrounded by elegant colonial mansions, an impressive rocky coast and of course the deep blue Caribbean ocean. Welcome to Curaçao's Wild West. You won’t find many tourists in this beautiful corner of the island.
Snorkelling in turquoise blue water among turtles and dolphins. Looking for shells in the surf. Relaxing in a hammock under a palm tree. Diving among colourful coral reefs and underwater caves. Eating fresh fish with your feet in the sand. Strolling along a tropical beach on an uninhabited island. Does this sound like a dream come true? On Klein Curaçao, everybody can play Robinson Crusoe.
Curaçao is a popular honeymoon destination. It is easy to see why: dreamy tropical beaches, luxury resorts, excellent restaurants, and almost year-round sunshine. On a sultry evening enjoy a candlelight dinner overlooking the colourful warehouses in Punda and you may never want to leave this paradise. But even without getting married, this tropical Caribbean island offers the perfect romantic getaway.
Both Aruba and Bonaire are known as diving and snorkelling paradises, but Curaçao is just as beautiful. Many of Curaçao's best spots are very accessible; the coral reef lies very close to shore and is only a short swim from the beach. Just put on your snorkel and mask or bring your oxygen tank and dive into the Caribbean Sea to explore the amazing underwater world of colourful coral and bright fishes.
A peaceful underwater encounter with a sea turtle is an unforgettable experience. Although a threatened species, these prehistoric armoured mammals can often be spotted in the waters around Curaçao. Which turtle species live here? Where do they swim? When do they come to shore to lay their eggs on the beach? And where is the best spot to observe the hatching of a turtle nest and watch the tiny baby turtles crawl to the ocean?
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The word Otrobanda, used for the district on the opposite side of the famous pontoon bridge in Willemstad, is Papiamento for ‘the other bank’. Many people cross the bridge to take the much-seen photo of the pastel-coloured houses on the Handelskade in Punda. And in addition to these splendid views, the other bank also features many restaurants, luxury hotels and a great shopping mall.
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The clock gables on the Handelskade are featured on most postcards sent from Willemstad. The photogenic houses are reminiscent of the Amsterdam canals with one major difference: the buildings are brightly coloured in ochre, orange, blue or pink. The first Dutch Governor said that the sunlight reflecting off the white gables was giving him a headache and ordered the houses to be painted. It later transpired that he had struck a deal with a Dutch paint factory!
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