Where is it?: Caribbean, two island groups in the Caribbean Sea – one includes Curacao and Bonaire north of Venezuela; the other is east of the Virgin Islands
Why do people go here?: Part of the Netherlands Antilles, with its unique island government, but the same beautiful white sand beaches and fun in the sun.
What are the main entry points?: Flying to the island from the Netherlands and also along the US east coast are your best bets, as there are no ferries. You can also fly from Venezuela.
Currency used: Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Country Code: 599, plus 9
Religion: Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Jewish
Ethnic Breakdown: African descent, mixed African and European descent, Dutch
Government: Autonomous state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Languages: Dutch, Papiamento, English, Spanish; Castilian
Major Cities: Willemstad
Attractions: Beaches, Fun in the sun, Relaxation
Tourism Office locations and links: Curacao-Tourism Development Bureau 19 Petermaai Curacao +5999-616000, 613397, 686789;; FAX +5999-612305 //www.interknowledge.com/curacao/ //www.cybercur.com/ //www.touracao.com/
Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 6 months of age coming from infected area.
Tips for Visiting
When to go: Winters boast the most tourists, but the shoulder seasons can be quite nice.
Specific Events/Holidays: Queen’s Day (Birthday of Queen-Mother JULIANA in 1909 and accession to the throne of her oldest daughter BEATRIX in 1980), 30 April
Getting Around: Hire a car if you want to see the best the island has to offer.
Cheapest airport to fly into: The main airport serving cheaper flights to Curacao is the Curacao Airport.
Need more information?: Check out the Curacao travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.