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Curaçao’s rich heritage

The roots of humanity on Curaçao go all the way back to 600 AD when the island was populated by
the Arowak Indians. In 1499, Spanish conquistadors came upon the island while searching for a supply
of drinking water, capturing the Indians and selling many of them as slaves. The Dutch conquered
Curaçao in 1634, because they needed salt for the herring industry.

Curaçao has recently been placed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The population of the island is a melting pot of many cultures and nationalities. The people are friendly and hospitable and English as well as Spanish and Dutch are spoken beside the native language Papiamento.

Located just over 30 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela and outside the hurricane zone, Curaçao boasts an average temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius) with a water temperature of 80 degrees. Our local drinking water is distilled from desalinated sea water and is credited as being so delicious.

Willemstad, the capital, is divided in two parts by the St. Anna Bay: Punda and Otrobanda. These are connected by a unique pontoon bridge and many of the historical buildings show the architectural style of the Dutch. There are many interesting museums such as the Kura Hulanda Museum with African art and the history of the slave trade, the Maritime Museum and Postal Museum to name a few. Shopping in the streets of Willemstad is an adventure, but there are also shopping malls in the suburbs where shopping is worthwhile.

The sun (almost) always shines on tropical Curaçao with no less than 45 beaches - large and small - and a beautiful underwater world, a paradise for beach-, diving- and aquatic sports lovers. There are many official PADI dive schools that organize diving and snorkeling courses and trips. If you prefer to be active on land, there are many interesting possibilities, such as hiking through the Christoffel National Park, climbing the Christoffel Mountain, visiting the Hato Caves or making a jeep safari.

Curaçao nightlife can be enjoyed indoor and outdoor. Dining possibilities are numerous: you can eat in style or with your feet in the sand, overlooking the sea or the thousands of lights of the city. The situation of Curaçao so close to South America and many Caribbean islands make the possibilities for a side trip or honeymoon to these places very attractive.

Credit cards and US Dollars are accepted everywhere, and our currency is pegged to the US Dollar with an exchange rate of Naf. 1.75 for US$ 1. So come and discover the perfect blend of civilization and nature, and for more information about our dushi island, visit the official web site of the tourism authority.