Curaçao

The candy-colored Curacao is often likened to a tropical Holland. The small, sophisticated island is located 35 miles or so off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean Sea. Willemstad, the island's capital, is a multi-hued architectural jewel buzzing with an energy that distinguishes this destination from the collection of laid-back Caribbean isles. The sun-saturated island is surrounded by bath-like water in an inviting shade of blue. Jump on in and explore some of the top dive sites in the Caribbean—there are 65 to choose from—or stick closer to shore on any of the island's 38 white-sand beaches. Nature lovers can explore the marvels contained in the national park and the Hato Caves, while history buffs will love exploring historical Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage City brimming with examples of distinctive Dutch architecture.

Curaçao

Getting Ashore

Ships dock at the Port of Willemstad on the Otrobanda side of the Santa Anna Bay. Large ships at the Mega Pier, smaller ships at Mathey Wharf.

Fast Fact

The tap water is safe to drink and refreshingly good thanks to the seawater distillery.

Port Shopping

Guaranteed stores in Punda and Otrobanda have jewelry, watches, and island gifts.

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Shete Boka National Park

A magnificent sight not to miss where giant waves thunder into an underground cavern. It makes a spectacular photo op.

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Christoffel Park

The 4,450-acre wildlife preserve is home to white-tailed deer, barn owls, blue iguanas, rare wild orchids, as well as 8 hiking trails.

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Hato Caves

Just north of Willemstad, these ancient limestone caves are filled with pools, waterfalls, and 1,500-year-old cave paintings.

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Curacao Sea Aquarium

Kids of all ages will enjoy exploring the aquarium, watching live feeding shows, and handling sea creatures in the touch tank.

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Willemstad, Curacao
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Exploring Willemstad

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Willemstad, located on the Otrobanda side of the Santa Anna Bay. Large ships dock at the Mega Pier, while smaller ships tie up at Mathey Wharf, the cruise te...
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Things to do in Curaçao
Curacao dolphin

Deep Blue Curaçao

South of Willemstad, the Curaçao Sea Aquarium is a great stop for families. The shallow waters of adjacent Mambo Beach are perfect for small children...

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Rugged Outdoors

Outside of Willemstad, there is plenty more to see, do, and explore on the island. Shore excursions are the best way to see what Curaçao has to offer...

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Willemstad, Curacao

Historical Willemstad

The colorful capital of the southern Caribbean island, Willemstad was founded in the 1500s by the Spanish, who dubbed the town Sint Anna. Curaçao has...

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Visit one of Curaçao’s top natural attractions and take a guided walk in Willemstad’s historic center.


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Where
Downtown Punda and the Renaissance Mall in Otrobanda.

What
Duty-free shopping on both sides of the Queen Emma Bridge.

Currency
Officially the Caribbean gilder, but U.S. dollars are widely accepted.


Brands in Curaçao

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani

Available at:

Little Switzerland

Breitling

Breitling

Available at:

Little Switzerland

Bulgari

Bulgari

Available at:

Freeport Jewelers

Bulova

Bulova

Available at:

Diamonds International

Cartier

Cartier

Available at:

Little Switzerland

Citizen

Citizen

Available at:

Freeport Jewelers

Crown of Light

Crown of Light

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Dancing Diamonds by MDG

Available at:

Milano Diamond Gallery

Fendi Timepieces

Fendi Timepieces

Available at:

Diamonds International

Forevermark

Forevermark

Available at:

Diamonds International

Gift Collection

Gift Collection

Available at:

Diamonds International

Hearts On Fire

Hearts On Fire

Available at:

Freeport Jewelers

Hublot

Hublot

Available at:

Freeport Jewelers

John Hardy

John Hardy

Kabana

Kabana

Available at:

Diamonds International

Korite Ammolite

Korite Ammolite

Available at:

Diamonds International

Le Vian

Le Vian

Available at:

Milano Diamond Gallery

MarahLago Larimar

MarahLago Larimar

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Mark Henry Alexandrite

Available at:

Milano Diamond Gallery

Philip Stein

Philip Stein

Raymond Weil

Raymond Weil

Available at:

Little Switzerland

Renaissance

Renaissance

Available at:

Milano Diamond Gallery

Roberto Coin

Roberto Coin

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Safi Kilima Tanzanite

Available at:

Diamonds International

Shinola

Shinola

Available at:

Freeport Jewelers

Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer

TrueLove Diamonds

TrueLove Diamonds

Available at:

Freeport Jewelers

Did You Know?

One of Curaçao’s 1st governors decreed that houses not be white because the sun’s reflection could cause headaches and blindness. Hence the island’s signature tropical colors.