Create memories for life on one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, Curaçao. Relax on one of the 40 dazzling sandy beaches. Discover one of the greatest cultural heritage of the entire Caribbean. Enjoy the many shops that Curaçao has to offer.
Curaçao is a tropical island, located in the southern part of the Caribbean Sea. Together with Bonaire and Aruba, it forms the Leeward Islands, also known as the ABC islands. Curaçao is the largest of these three islands. Curaçao consists of the island of Curaçao and the island of Klein Curaçao, which is located 10 kilometers from the east coast.
Curaçao’s diverse landscape is best seen from an airplane. If you arrive by plane, keep an eye out for the hilly western countryside, dominated by Mount Christoffel. With its 375 meters it is the highest peak of the island. If you’re an avid hiker, you should definitely try the short but arduous trek to the top.
The vegetation of kunuku (the general name used in the Leeward Islands for the rural part of the islands, located outside the villages or towns) mainly consists of different types of cacti, low shrubs and low trees. The dividivi is one of the most famous trees. Aloe species and agaves occur in natural form. In addition, various herbs and orchids grow here.
There are also different species of lizards living on the island. The largest of these is the green iguana. This iguana species occurs in almost all of Central and South America. There are also all kinds of tropical birds and insects. A number of bat species live in the caves on the island that are found nowhere else except on Curaçao and Bonaire.
The city center is divided into two districts: Punda and Otrobanda which in fact means ‘city’ and ‘the other side’.
Punda is more touristy: there are more cafes, restaurants, general stores (as well as souvenir shops) and the architecture looks modern and maintained.
A more authentic side of Curaçao can be found in Otrobanda, this district has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997. The best way to discover the center is on foot, walk through the many narrow streets and be surprised.