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With Curaçao vacations, discover this sublime Caribbean island, close to Venezuela and part of the 'ABC' group of islands with Aruba and Bonaire. Part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curaçao is famous for its friendly locals, exquisite weather even compared to the rest of the Caribbean, and perfect conditions for fun in the water.
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When you arrive, you'll be greeted by warm air rolling off the turquoise waves. Curacao generally enjoys temperatures around 86°F throughout the year. It's also outside of the Caribbean's notorious 'hurricane zone', and so enjoys gentle, sunny weather most of the time. This is an ideal spot for snorkeling, with clear waters and warm waves allowing you to get up close with the local sea life.
There's a fascinating mix of cultures here, featuring delicious local seafood dishes of the Caribbean and European origin, and a melting pot of languages. The official languages are Dutch and the local Papiamento, although English is spoken by almost everyone here too.
Here are some suggestions for what to do in town, whether hitting the surf or relaxing onshore.
Mambo Beach - Ideal for sitting in the sun and enjoying the bars and restaurants right on the water.
Queen Emma Bridge - Walk between the colorful houses and get excellent views across the harbor.
Curaçao Sea Aquarium - Wave at dolphins, sharks, and more at this family-friendly venue.
Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue - The oldest synagogue in the Americas, founded in the 17th century.
Old Market - The perfect place to try local delicacies, such as kabritu (goat) burgers.
In addition to Mambo Beach, there are many other excellent spots for swimming and sunbathing around the island.
Playa Kenepa - See this diverse beach with cliffs and plenty of shaded areas.
Cas Abao - A quieter coastal spot that is ideal for diving and swimming.
Daaibooi - The historic shipping area that's been transformed into one of Curacao's most beautiful and tranquil beaches.
City Beach 88 - An artificial 'urban beach' ideal for enjoying a drink in the open air.
Klein Curacao - A miniscule island off the mainland that features the longest beach in the country.
Curaçao is well regarded as a great destination for anyone to visit. There's an active nightlife scene, and bars are open during the day as well, but overall the ambiance is calm and friendly, including for families.
The wide mix of cultures, and welcoming locals who are always ready to chat about where you're from, make this a vibrant and inviting place for a vacation. Staying in groups and keeping an eye on your belongings is a good idea, particularly at night, although crime against visitors is rare here.