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Tourist information Curacao , an island in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, one of the Windward Islands. The island is just 70 km (44 miles) north of South America.

Curaçao along with neighbouring Bonaire and three islands in the eastern Caribbean (St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba), forms The Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles (Dutch: Nederlandse Antillen), previously known as the Netherlands West Indies, are part of the Lesser Antilles and consist of two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea.

Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt.

National Capital City of Curacao: Willemstad [ William's Town ]


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Pick-Up Station / Return Station: Dutch Antilles Curacao Airport

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Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

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  Barefoot Traveller   -   specialises in long-haul scuba diving holidays
Tailor-made to your individual needs.
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  Tradewind Tours   -   Curacao Vacations
Caribbean travel agency specializing in the resorts and hotels of the Caribbean islands.

TAruba, Bonaire and Curacao Alive - ISBN 158843687Xravel Guides Curacao / Related books

Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao Alive!
Arnold Greenberg (Author), Harriet Greenberg (Author)
Blessed with year round sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, and amazing azure waters, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are some of the Caribbean's most popular island destinations.This practical, small-format but amazingly in -depth guide offers everything you'll ever need to know for planning a trip - from the climate throughout the year, the best times to go, what to pack, where to stay and how to get around.The guide then goes on to give readers the low-down on all the other highlights the ABC Islands have to offer - from some of the world's best diving on the reefs around Bonaire to the Dutch charm and Caribbean flavour of Curacao.
Paperback: 412 pages; Publisher: Hunter Publishing; 3rd Revised edition edition (30 Nov 2008); ISBN-10: 158843687X; ISBN-13: 978-1588436870.

Frommer's Portable Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao
Christina Paulette Colón (Author)
Paperback: 204 pages; Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 4th Edition edition (21 Sep 2007); ISBN-10: 0470135611; ISBN-13: 978-0470135617.

Transport / How do I travel to the island of Curacao

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  KLM Flights   -   Flights to Curacao
KLM offer a varied schedule from UK regional Airports to Amsterdam to connect with service to Curacao. There is no additional cost from any point served by KLM.

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Book cheap flights to Curacao at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  

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Flight tickets Curacao / Price comparison possible


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Curacao Tourist Board 

  Government Dutch Antilles

  Willemstad   -   Capital City Curacao and territorial capital of the Dutch Antilles
The city consists of two sections: Punda and Otrabanda. Punda was established in 1634, when Dutch captured the island from Spain. The original name of Punda originally was de punt in Dutch. Otrabanda, which was founded in 1707, is the newer section of the city and is considered to be the cultural center of Willemstad. Its name originated from the Spanish otra banda, which means "the other side." Punda and Otrabanda are connected by a long pontoon bridge.

  Beaches Northern Curacao
 
*  Playa Kalki
*  Westpunt Beach
*  Knip Beach
*  Little Knip Beach
*  Playa Kenapa
*  Playa Jeremi
*  Port Marie
*  Cas Abao / Bon Bini Beach
 
  Beaches Southern Curacao

*  Hook's Hut
*  Kontiki Beach
*  Mambo Beach
*  Seaquarium Beach
*  Jan Thiel Beach
*  Caracasbaai
*  Barbara Beach

  Curaçao Museum  
  Fort Church Museum
  Kas di Pal'I Maishi
  Kura Hulanda Museum
  Landhuis Bloemhof
  Landhuis Groot Santa Martha
  Maritime Museum
  Mikve Israel Emanuel synagoge & Jewish Museum
  Mongui Maduro Library [ Bibliothek ]
  National archeological antropological Museum
  Numismatische Museum
  Octagon Museum
  Tele Museum

  Curacao Sea Aquarium
During the feeding shows you can touch and learn about the animals. For some real fun you can snorkel or scuba dive and hand feed stingrays, sea turtles, sharks and many other colorful tropical fish. For those who do not want to get wet, they can watch the fun of the divers whilst seated in the Underwater Observatory Boat. After all that excitement you can relax in the coolness of our museum and theater.
  Dolphin Academy
Variety of programs in which you can interact with the dolphins. Toucing, caressing, diving, swimming and kissing, it's all possible. You can train a dolphin yourself.

Cuisine   -   Curacao Cooking Recipes

Because of its poor soil and scant rain Curaçao was never a major agricultural centre. Only a handful of food crops were grown locally, forming the basis of a somewhat monotonous diet for the majority of the people. Small plantations produced grains like sorghum and corn; robust vegetables such as okra, pumpkin, cucumbers, Swiss chard, and peppers; and fruits like plantains, watermelon, papaya and mango. Goat, iguana, chicken, rabbit, pork and salted beef were the most common meats.

The local Curacao food "Kuminda Krioyo" is heavy and hearty. Main dishes such as fried fish, stewed goat, chicken and beef are served with peas and rice, potatoes or funchi (boiled cornmeal).

  Angelica's Kitchen
Angelica's Kitchen is situated in a beautifully restored house in historic Otrobanda, in Willemstad, Curaçao. Here Angelique Schoop initiates you in the culinary secrets of the island. Angelica's Kitchen offers you the unique experience of Caribbean Cooking and takes you to the culinary hot spots of Curaçao. Wet you appetit on this real and different island. Come and let's cook in Curaçao.
  Food of Curacao

History of Curacao

First discovered by the Spaniards, the island was occupied by the Dutch in 1634. The original inhabitants were Arawak indians, which were decimated after the Spanish occupation. After the island became a territory of the Netherlands, slaves were brought from Africa. The Dutch abolished slavery in 1863.

  Curacao's History   -   see Wikipedia
  Curaçao Museum
The Curaçao Museum is located in the western part of Otrobanda in an historic building dating from 1853.  A permanent collection of antique period furniture, including some exquisite mahogany pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, antique maps of Curaçao and the Caribbean, and Indian art are also on display.
  Fort Church Museum
This museum is located at the back of the historic Fort Church (1769) at Fort Amsterdam (1635), near the Punda waterfront. It contains a small but elegant collection of artifacts from the church's Dutch Protestant congregation, active since 1635, including antique silver chalices and a mahogany baptismal font. History buffs will also enjoy the impressive collection of old maps of the island

Music, Art & Culture, Events

  Extocuracao.com   -   Fine art galleries
Paintings, photography, drawings, sculptures, graphics, Portrets, and more

  Theater  -  Teatro Luna Blou   -   Sentro di Arte i Formashon

Teach Yourself Beginner's Dutch Audiopackage with Cassette(s) (Teach Yourself Beginner's: An Easy Introduction) 
Gerdi Quist, Dennis Strik
Paperback 210 pages (December 2002);  Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0071407421
ARTE: Dutch Caribbean Art/Beeldende Kunst Van De Nederlandse Antillen En Aruba 
A. Martis, J. Smit, et al
Hardcover 144 pages (August 2002);  Publisher: KIT [ Royal Tropical Institute of the Netherlands ]; Language: English;  ISBN: 9068325140
  Music of the Dutch Antilles   -   see Wikipedia

  Seu 
On Easter Monday each year, the Marcha di Seu [ or simply Seu ] is held on the island of Curacao, ​​a traditional parade to celebrate the harvest.
In earlier times there were a few small plantations on Curacao, where the production was only for own use. After harvesting the crops the workers then brought in a parade from the field to the storage. During this parade people sang, played music and danced.
This parade and accompanying festivities in the evening to celebrate the harvest were all named Seu.  See Youtube


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