Curacao Travel Information
The airport is well served from the U.S., Amsterdam and South America.
Area: Curacao is 180 square miles, 38 miles long and from 2 to almost 8 miles wide.
Language: Officially Dutch but Papiamento, Spanish and English are widely spoken.
Population: Around 140,000 with 55 different nationalities.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
Rainy Season: Most showers occur from September to December. The island receives less than 30 inches of rain.
Getting There: The major gateways to Curacao include Miami, Atlanta and New York. Flights from Europe, especially the Netherlands, are frequent. Curacao is a popular vacation spot for Venezuelans, who have their own direct air service.
Documents: Americans and Canadians need only valid proof of citizenship. All others need passports. A return or onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds may also be required.
Getting Around: Rental cars are easily available on all the islands and most of the large name companies (Avis, Budget, Hertz) are represented. Cost is reasonable, around $200 per week for a small car. Driving is on the right.
Where to Stay: The Marriott and Hilton are among the large chains. There are also many guesthouses and several dive resorts.
Currency:The Netherlands Antillean guilder (abbreviated NAFL) is used on Curacao and Bonaire . US$1 equals 1.77 florin. Prices are often quoted in both currencies.
Electrical Current: Curacao is also
110-130 volts and 50 cycles instead of 60. Taxes &
Hiking & Walking Services: Check with Christoffel National Park for the latest information on any tours.
Safety/Health Warnings: The drinking water is actually desalinated sea water. Locals claim the water is why Curacao-made Amstel beer tastes so good. Wear long pants, socks and good shoes for protection against the elements, i.e., cactus.
Snakes & Other Venomous Creatures: Scorpions, no poisonous snakes.