Curaçao - Holiday facts and Information

Holiday facts and information about Curaçao

General facts

Trip Preparation

Trip Preparation

Language

Curacao are open to many languages. Dutch is theofficial language although English and Spanish are widely used. Many of thelocals speak Papiamentu which is a Creole blend of Spanish, Portuguese, French,Dutch and English This makes the island have its own identity and makes it very unique. A few words to learn before you visit: -Bon bini –Welcome -Bon dia- Good morning -Danki- Thankyou

Currency

The currency used in Curacao is the NetherlandsAntillean guilder abbreviated to the Nafl. The US dollar is also widely used.Most major credit cards are accepted and ATM machines can be found all over theisland.

Best travel time

Curacao has a sunny warm climate all year round with moderate wind blowing form theeast. The temperature averaging at 27 ° C. During October and February, Curacao experiences its rainy season with occasional showers mostlythrough the night.

Visa requirements

To enter Curacao it is essential you havea valid passport. Guests must only be staying on the island for three months,otherwise it is necessary to apply to get a special form of documentation. Visitors from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Colombia require a visa.

Vaccinations

Before travelling to Curacao it isimportant to check with a health care professional that your vaccinations areup to date. The sun is also a major health factor when visiting the Caribbean and therefore you should take the necessary precautions to prevent any sunburn or sunstroke by wearing sunscreen and protecting yourself from the sun during the hottest hours.

Country and People

Country and People

Traditions and Culture

A big part of the Curacao culture involves its music, language and dance influenced by the African and Caribbean countries. The architecture on the island is influenced by the Dutch style. Their unique style is demonstrated in their buildings which tend to resemble those found in Amsterdam. The beautiful pastel coloured buildings make a wonderful seafront picture.

Religion

Roman Catholic is the most commonly practicedreligion on the island but Curacao follow many other religious beliefs inaddition to this. Curacao also has the oldest active Jewish congregation amongst American continents with the oldest synagogue which is still in use since 1730.

Getting around

Getting around

By plane

Curacaos airport, Hato International Airport (CUR) borders the Venezuelan coast between North and South a growing list of flights inboundand outbound. The airport provides a range of services , shops and beverages outlets to make the travellers feel comfortable during their journey. Sometravellers prefer to fly to nearby islands and then take a ferry across to Curacao.

By taxi

As a way of getting around, taxis and ferries and buses are best. The main bus stops are at Punda (near the post office) and Otrabanda(near the underpass). There is a ferry service free of charge which will bring people to each side. There is also the opportunity to rent a car which means you are free to explore the island on your own.

Discover and Enjoy

Discover and Enjoy

Events

Carnival is a main event in Curacao. The festival takesplace in February and many groups take the opportunity to dress up in themed costumes in bright colours for the celebration. At this time everyone is in theparty spirit and people enjoy dancing and singing whilst watching the carnival parade. On the 5th of NovemberCuracao holds the Amstel Curacao Race. This cycling event features many top athletes who will compete against each other. Around the event there are otherevents which take place for the guests, for example activities like tug of war and performances by known artists. It is an exciting time for Curacao.

Food

Just like music, food is also an important part of Curacao living. Curacao is home to a mix of colours and flavours. Some specialties include Karko (conch meat) kabritu Stoba (goat meat) and Keshi Yena (filled cheese). When in Cacao it is a great chance to try seafood as there is a large range of freshly caught seafood available. It is a must to try the curacao liqueur made from bitter orange and a mixture of spices blended.

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