A Dutch island in the Caribbean, it is known for its beaches located in coves and its extensive coral reefs with abundant marine fauna. The capital, Willemstad, has pastel colonial architecture, the Queen Emma Floating Bridge and the 17th-century Mikve Israel-Emanuel synagogue with a sand floor. It is also a gateway to western beaches, such as Bahía Azul, a popular dive site.


The gastronomy

Like much of the Caribbean, Curaçao's diverse cuisine reflects its history and heritage, from Creole to Dutch and Indonesian flavors. The official dish is keshi yena - cheese stuffed with a spiced meat (often chicken), olives, capers, onions and prunes, all baked to perfection. A popular drink to beat the heat is awa di lamunchi, a freshly squeezed lime juice.

View over Santa Matha Bay,Curacao

The weather

Curaçao has a hot and semi-arid climate. The average temperature is 26.6 °C.

flag of Curaçao

Official language

The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento. Most of the population of Curaçao is able to converse at least four languages, Papiamento, Dutch, English and Spanish.

German Deutschmark banknote on old european currencies

Official coin

The official currency is the Antillean Florin (ANG). The Antillean Guilder exchange rate is pegged to the US dollar at a price of 1 USD = 1.80 ANG. However, US dollars can be used everywhere in Curaçao.

What to do in Curaçao?

Curaçao offers history and architecture, multicultural neighborhoods, white sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean waters. The island is best known for its capital Willemstad, with its Dutch colonial architecture lining a beautiful bay. All year Curacao has an island-wide bank holiday, with plenty to do and see in Willemstad and beyond.

Curaçao is described as an Amsterdam in miniature. Punda's cobbled alleys are great for strolling, lined with designer shops, art galleries, museums and alfresco restaurants. Restaurants and bars join the Punda Vibes with food and happy hour specials, and the evening ends with fireworks over St. Anna Bay. Queen Emma Floating Bridge, Pastel Buildings of the Otrobanda area they house discount stores, Creole restaurants and dimly lit bars with Latin music on the Bredestraat. The Pietermaai district stretches out in the evenings, while Scharloo's 19th-century mansions and street art beckon the creative spirits.

Mikvé Israel-Emanuel

Mikvé Israel-Emanuel, part of the UNESCO designation, is the oldest synagogue in the Americas, active since 1732. The pastel yellow building is impressive for its neoclassical design, but also for its distinctive sand floor. This feature is in part a reminder of the worshipers' ancestors who were secret Jews living in Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition. Admission to the synagogue includes a visit to the two-story Jewish museum that houses artifacts, photographs, and stories from the Jewish community of Curaçao.


Facing an expansive blue sea at Westpunt a few miles north of Playa Kenepa, this ridge offers one of the most beautiful views on the coast and attracts crowds of locals and visitors who dare to jump in.

Alcoholic cocktail blue curacao with ice, lemon and cocktail tubes

The island of Curacao may be best known for the alcohol that bears its name. Blue Curacao is a distinctive and colorful liquor that is steeped in the history of the island, and you can visit the home of the original Blue Curacao at the Curacao Liquor Distillery. Triple Sec style liqueur is made from the peels of the Laraha fruit. Although Laraha evolved from Valencia oranges brought to the island in 1499 by Spanish settlers, this bitter orange is now unique to Curaçao because it adapted to the island's desert climate, making it inedible when fresh.

The lighthouse in Klein Curaçao/Curacao (Little Curacao), with the sea as foreground.

As if you didn't have enough amazing beaches, sailing down the southeast coast is another paradise: Klein Curaçao or "Little Curaçao."
An hour and a half by boat, the small coral island is home to blue lizards and hermit crabs that crawl and feed in the shade.
Two miles of perfectly white sand seem to melt into iridescent waters teeming with tropical fish.