Foods, Drinks, Transportation, Visa for Curaçao, Practical info for Tourists & Vacationists

General/practical information about Curacao for tourist – vacationist

Lively and colorful, this is Curacao. On the island are found. Many patriotic traits back This is best reflected in the architecture of the trade in cheerful pastel colored buildings in Willemstad and in many ocher houses the island’s rich. Curaçao is the largest island of the Leeward Islands and has a varied landscape, dominated by cacti, bushes and the famous divi-divibomen. You will find beautiful coves with white sand beaches, where you can be surfing, snorkeling and diving. To your hearts content Between the colorful coral exotic fish swimming. The fantastic climate and friendly people complete the picture. The island of Curaçao therefore offers a warm welcome: Bon Bini!

Contents:

– Places of facts & Curacao

– Population, Culture & Religion of Curaçao

– Food & Drink in Curacao

– Festivals & Events in Curacao

– Geography of Curaçao

– Money in Curacao

– History & Politics of Curaçao

– Nature & climate of Curaçao

– Practical information on Curaçao

– Sports in Curacao

– Transportation in Curaçao

– Shopping in Curaçao

 

Sights & facts of Curaçao

Sights

Curaçao has many attractions that are worth the effort. There is something for everyone, historical, cultural and natural attractions. As the typical Cunucu-cottages in the countryside, the Hato Caves, the Indian murals or a museum, Curacao is to find it all! The capital Willemstad with its natural harbor, the Schottegat, offers a colorful mix of architectural styles. Fresh fruit and fish you buy the ‘floating market’ at The Ruijterkade and in the narrow streets of Otrabanda taste clearly the Spanish / South American atmosphere. Evening is especially cozy in numerous restaurants and bars in the districts Punda. Furthermore knows the island museums, caves, forts and mansions as many attractions. Nature lovers can visit the Christoffel park in the northwest.

 

The Hato Caves, Seaquarium, Willemstad, Museum Kura Hulanda, Country Houses, St. Christopher Park, Fort Amsterdam

 

Highlights

The capital Willemstad with its natural harbor, the Schottegat, offers its visitors a colorful mix of architectural styles. Fresh fruit and fish you buy the ‘floating market’ at The Ruijterkade and in the narrow streets of Otrabanda taste clearly the Spanish / South American atmosphere. Evening is especially cozy in numerous restaurants and bars in the districts Punda. Furthermore knows the island museums, caves, forts and mansions as many attractions. Nature lovers can visit the Christoffel Park in the Northwest.

 

Population, Culture & Religion of Curaçao

Population

The inhabitants of Curaçao are a unique piece Antilles. Take some Caribbean, European and some African. Add some to South America and make it all off with a pinch of sunlight and a little carelessness. Viola: Curacao on his very tastiest! The people of the island so come from all corners of the earth. A melting pot of about forty people, with roots in a Jewish, Portuguese, Dutch, African and South American past, a Creole culture yielded carried by a colorful population. Curaçao is all for its inhabitants, they are very proud of their island. The refreshing of the island is that they still have time for a chat. The population of Curaçao 143,000

 

Population of Curaçao 143,000

 

Culture

Open and show respect for the people of our holiday countries contribute to unique experiences and to preserve the authentic cultures and traditions of each country. If necessary, adjust your clothing and shoot only people who appreciate it. A piece of the Netherlands in the Caribbean; Old Dutch street, colorful facades of former warehouses on the waterfront of the St. Anna Bay. How is it? The Dutch touch, especially Willemstad amazes many tourists still every day. The cheerful pastel hues of the imposing warehouses are not made for the tourists, but for the governor. He wanted color because white hurt his eyes.

 

Religion

The vast majority of the current population on Curaçao belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. Also living there is a fairly large group of Jews on the island. In addition, small groups, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims and Methodists.

 

Breakdown by religion:

Roman Catholic 80%

Protestant 15%

No religion 5%

 

Food & Drink in Curacao

The shelves of supermarkets in Curacao are well stocked with items from all over the world. Because of its role as a major Caribbean transit center, is almost all imported food in Curacao. Immigrants of different origins have brought their own culinary tradition. The local food is heavy and spicy, like stew of goat meat, chicken, beef served with white rice, rice with beans, potatoes and funchi (a slurry of cornmeal). Vegetables usually plays a minor role in traditional Curaçao cuisine, but there are some exceptions, such as the green papaya, cucumber and braised cabbage with corned beef and salt meat. Also known vegetable is the ‘okra’, or cactus. Here is soup made. Fried banana is popular as a side dish. Small hot peppers and onions pickled in acid to give the local food extra flavor. For people who like what to eat, in the late evening hours that may still moving at the snack bar, the ‘truk’di pan. They are open from 22:00 until 05:00 in the morning. Fresh fruits and fruit shakes picks you up at the batido vans along the way. On Curaçao you eat a lot of sweets. Sugar, coconut and peanuts are most common in traditional sweets. These are for sale on the street corners in Punda, the bakery and the shop.

 

Holidays

Because Curacao is influenced by many cultures, there are also several festivals celebrated. Besides the usual (Christian) holidays as Christmas, New Year and Easter are also celebrated their own parties. Also, the typical Dutch Sinterklaas holidays and Queen also celebrated in Curaçao. Carnival (from mid January to Ash Wednesday) is celebrated more on South American way with colorful parades and Caribbean bands.

 

Day of the country Curaçao, Overheidsdag, Flag Day

 

Geography of Curaçao

Location

With about 63 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide Curaçao is the largest island of the Leeward Islands. Off the coast of the island of Klein Curaçao Curaçao. Lies The north coast is very rough and rocky, while further to the west and in the middle quite hilly. Here is the highest point of the island, the 372 meter high Mount St. Christopher with the same National Park. The south coast has many bays with crystal clear water.

 

Capital of Curacao is Willemstad.

 

Curacao lies in the Caribbean Sea about 55 kilometers from Venezuela. On clear days, even the mainland from the island to see.

 

Geography

Highest point: 372 meter

Highest point: Mount Christoffel

 

Money matters in Curacao

The currency of Curaçao is the Antillean Guilder (ANG). The U.S. dollar is legal tender. There are plenty of opportunities to withdraw money and redeem. Euros at banks Credit cards are widely accepted as payment. The banks accept the Antillean guilder and the U.S. dollar. The right course is available at the reception of the hotel where you are staying and the banks themselves back. Not only banks can withdraw money, often the larger supermarkets also an ATM.

 

Currency: The currency of Curaçao is the Antillean Guilder

 

Banks: The banks accept Antillean and American money dollars. The right course is available at the reception of the property where you are staying and the banks themselves back.

 

ATM: Not only the banks can withdraw money, often the larger supermarkets also an ATM.

 

Credit Cards: Credit Cards are widely accepted as payment.

 

Tipping: It is customary to give the maids, drivers, guides and porters at the airport a tip. The height of the tip depends on what the person does for you. In restaurants, usually fifteen percent service charge and tax. This is not tipgeld, but a kind of tax, which is automatically put on the account. In addition, a tip of about ten percent appreciated.

 

History & Politics of Curaçao

History

The original inhabitants of Curaçao were Arawak Indians, until the Spaniards occupied the island in 1499. In the seventeenth century, made himself master of Curacao Netherlands. The island was perfect for the members of the WIC (West India Company), which sought a strategic base for trade and privateering. The WIC began in the slave trade by removing labor from West Africa in the year 1665 a lucrative trade in that time. The years after the French tried and also the English come to Curaçao to power. The English are this was achieved, but Curaçao was returned to the Netherlands in 1814. A century later, in 1914, began the exploitation of oil in Venezuela, which is a big change for the economy of Curaçao. The oil was refined on the island, making employment increased explosively. Curaçao has always been over the years an attractive island. The island was by its strategic location and natural harbor an important trading center, a haven for both South Americans, Europeans and all kinds of people looking for adventure. Curaçao gained fame as a ‘magnet’ for many people, for traders and for a large group of Jews who vesigde on the island.

 

Regime

Curacao is a former Dutch colony in October 2010 and has since received the Separate Status, which means Curacao operates independently within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The democratic system is based on that of the Netherlands. The gezondheiszorg, education and the legal, constitutional and legal system are largely in the Netherlands.

 

Nature & climate of Curaçao

Nature

Curacao is likely to occur under the sea a hundred million years ago. The ancient rock formations consist mainly of volcanic rocks. The landscape of the island is mostly flat to mention here and there with some hills. The St. Christopher Berg is with 372 meters the highest point of the island. The north coast is rocky and steep. The south coast is characterized by the many natural bays and inlets.

 

Climate

On Curaçao dominates a semi-arid tropical climate. This is moderated by northeast trade, there is always a nice breeze. The sun shines a lot and there is little rain. In winter it is not much colder than in the summer and the average annual temperature is therefore 27.5 degrees Celsius. October, November and December are the wettest months, there can also be arranged outside a hefty fall.

 

Flora and Fauna

Due to the dry climate and low rainfall, there is little green to be found on Curaçao. The vegetation consists mainly of cacti, shrubs and shaped by the wind dividend divibomen, also called fanning trees. Palm trees are mainly found along the beach and at hotels and are not part of the original vegetation of the island. Additionally arrive on the island for mangroves, trees standing in the water with their feet. The sea has a colorful underwater life with many different species of fish, starfish, seahorses and turtles. In contrast to the sea, on land few animals living there. Unique to the island is the Curaçao deer, also known as white-tailed deer. It is a protected species that occurs only in Curacao. Besides the white-tailed deer live lizards, iguanas, goats and donkeys on the island. Most birds that one gets to see in Curacao, overwinter here alone. The different species of birds can be best viewed in the St. Christoffel Park.

 

Curaçao Underwater Park

 

World Heritage in Curaçao

World Heritage Sites are unique attractions include cultural and natural, built and unbuilt monuments globally have exceptional significance and should continue. Preserved for posterity Worldwide there are 962 World Heritage sites in 157 countries. It is of great importance that the World Heritage be well protected. During your visit, you are indispensable. Leave behind example, do not waste stay on the marked paths and take some photos where permitted. Many sites will inform you.

 

Curaçao has one World Heritage

 

Historic Downtown Willemstad

 

Sustainable tourism and environment

Sublime beaches, nice people, a fascinating culture and an impressive landscape. Ingredients that contribute to a successful holiday. To you too soon to guarantee a unique holiday doing your tour to sustainable tourism. Simply put vacations with respect for people and nature. Therefore select your tour with care accommodation, transport and excursions that take into account human and culture, nature and the environment. You, as our customer holidaymaker and a vital link to all to maintain. Beautiful So you can enjoy your holiday. Permanently in the future

 

Phone, Internet & Post

Telephone: Telephone is the Netherlands, especially from the hotel, quite expensive. To make a call, collect call, you can restore it to the receptionist or make a call from your hotel room. The costs are then charged to the called party. You pay uitlsuitend the local call. Natuulijk You can also simply call your own cell phone.

 

Wi-fi is also on Curaçao no longer be ignored. Whether or not you virtually anywhere on the internet, in bars, restaurants and the accommodation fee.

 

Photography, film & video

.

 

Travel documents and visas

In addition to a valid passport, you also need. Valid return ticket A visa is not required for stays less than 30 days. Minors (under 18) traveling without their father, mother or legal guardian need a Travel Authorization. For the most current information, contact the embassy or consulate. It is recommended not to carry your passport with you but to rent if possible. Safes accommodation

 

Flag

The sky, the sun and the sea. It is not strange that they translated into two blue and one yellow band, play an important role in the flag of Curacao. Two stars represent Curaçao Curaçao and uninhabited. The white of the stars stands for peace and happiness, the five points represent the five continents of the different population groups have brought together on the island. The sea and the connection with Amsterdam dominate the weapon proud of Curaçao. The three Andreas Crosses in the arms are almost identical to that of the capital of the Netherlands. The ship once again emphasizes the relationship with the sea and the Netherlands. The Orange Tree flowering indicates the fruits that the island offers. Not literally, but figuratively.

 

Language

Since 1997, Dutch and Papiamentu the two official languages ​​of Curaçao. Papiamentu is a mixed language with Portuguese and Spanish grammar with words from English and Dutch. On Curaçao is also spoken English and Spanish.

 

Language: Papiamentu, Dutch, English and Spanish

Official language: Papiamentu

 

Visiting hours

Banks: Most banks are open from 8:30 a.m. to 15:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays they are closed.

 

Shops: Most shops are open from 08:00 to 18:00 am, lunch from 12:00 to 14:00 hours, they are usually closed.

 

Health

We advise you to first involve your room or apartment any hot water as hot as possible to run. Few minutes This also applies to shower and / or bath. The best place the hand shower on the hottest setting set only minutes to the drain. In stagnant water of around 25-50 º C could in fact develop the legionella bacteria, which can effectively combat this way.

 

Vaccinations: For more information GGD in your area.

 

Medical facilities Pharmacies are marked with the word “botika. A doctor can be reached through the reception of the accommodation where you are staying. The emergency department of the St. Elizabeth Hospital, located in the district Otrabanda in Willemstad, is open 24 hours a day.

 

Drinking water: Tap water on your holiday is sometimes not suitable for consumption. You can boil water for consumption, but better (and tastier) is to buy. Bottles of mineral water The bottles are available in different sizes. In the shop Pure (drinking) water is in most countries a holiday scarce commodity that is produced at the expense of nature and the environment. By not letting the tap run unnecessarily and showering instead of taking a bath we wastage. The drinking water in Curacao is suitable for consumption. It is distilled from seawater and is softer than in the Netherlands.

 

Customs Affairs

When traveling by plane or by boat from a country outside the EU to the European Union, may be up to 430 euro tax goods included. It also count all goods it purchased in the country of departure, including the purchases at the airport. Above the standard amount of 430 euros must be paid for tax. This tax consists of tax and duties, for some products, such as alcohol and tobacco, should be duty-paid. If a product has more than 430 euro cost, tax must be paid on the full amount. If there is such a watch of four hundred euros and a pen of one hundred euros purchased, you only pay tax on the pen. The watch can then be imported duty free. Take one for less than 430 euro note, it can be (nothing to declare). Use is made of the green customs desk At higher amounts must be made of the red desk. Customs calculates the amount of the tax.

 

Criminality

Street robbery is unfortunately becoming more common. Shoulder Bags are hereby favorite. Also wrist bags, especially if they are visible in cars or on a cafe table for example, are risky. It is advisable to leave valuables at home as much as possible and spread on clothing and luggage. Somewhat payment Make sure you have the phone on hand to block credit cards, bank cards and mobile phone. Curaçao is generally safe: an island where you can stay carefree. Of course you should, just like home, to take. Normal precautions Lock your car and hotel room so off when you leave and do not leave valuables on view. Most hotels have lockers where you can store stuff. Also watch out for pickpockets in crowded crowds, do not leave bags or luggage unattended and do not take any packages from strangers. It is not recommended to you one by walking. Exit lanes Moreover, you would be wise to evening walk. Not only silent or remote places Finally, you should not bring your valuables to the beach. In short: geruik your common sense and you will have a wonderful time on the island!

 

Sports in Curacao

Curaçao has a wide variety of sports to offer. It does not matter what age you are or what your taste is, there is something for everyone. Diving, mountain biking and windsurfing for the daredevils among us, to quieter, but nevertheless exciting activities like snorkeling, canoeing and horse riding. Curaçao has two 18-hole golf courses: Blue Bay Golf and designed by Pete Dye-Hyatt Regency golf course.

 

Transportation in Curaçao

Public Transport

Bus: There drive various private buses on the island. These are identified by the word “BUS” on the license plate. Waiting at a bus stop or along the road until there comes a van. Make it clear that you want steps, then stopped the van. This mode of transport is not expensive and will take you all over the island. There are several routes that are driven by the vans. It also runs a public bus. These are large buses. You have to get up at a bus stop.

 

Taxi: Taxis are fitted with taxi meters, it is advisable to inquire about the price beforehand. Rates are based on four people, if a fifth person recovers, reckoned 25 percent extra. The rates are valid until eleven o’clock in the evening, then additional 25 percent calculated on the daily rates. Taxis are often identified by the letters TX on the license plate. Vans,

 

Traffic

Your Dutch license is just valid in Curaçao. Within the urban area is forty kilometers per hour maximum speed and outside urban areas is the maximum speed eighty kilometers per hour. In peak times it can be very busy and after a rain, the streets are slippery.

 

Road traffic: The traffic on Curaçao are the same as in the Netherlands, but there is one exception: all traffic from the right has no precedence, except on a T-junction and if traffic is on a dirt road. Also may be overtaken left and right. The main roads are designated as priority roads.

 

Shopping in Curaçao

The largest supply stores located in Willemstad. The streets of Willemstad are the Broad Street, Heerenstraat and Madurostraat. In the smaller streets around it are also nice shops. The city is also a floating market. On the Sha Caprileskade call Venezuelan fishermen patronage towards him. Fruits and vegetables, freshly imported from Venezuela, there are piled. Some examples of souvenirs are pottery, carvings, hammocks, handmade dolls in folk costumes, painted postcards and notepads, handmade kites and hanging flower pots, made from old tires, which resemble brightly colored tropical birds.

General information about Curacao

Lively and colorful, this is Curacao. On the island are found. Many patriotic traits back This is best reflected in the architecture of the trade in cheerful pastel colored buildings in Willemstad and in many ocher houses the island’s rich. Curaçao is the largest island of the Leeward Islands and has a varied landscape, dominated by cacti, bushes and the famous divi-divibomen. You will find beautiful coves with white sand beaches, where you can be surfing, snorkeling and diving. To your hearts content Between the colorful coral exotic fish swimming. The fantastic climate and friendly people complete the picture. The island of Curaçao therefore offers a warm welcome: Bon Bini!

 

Contents:

– Places of facts & Curacao

– Population, Culture & Religion of Curaçao

– Food & Drink in Curacao

– Festivals & Events in Curacao

– Geography of Curaçao

– Money in Curacao

– History & Politics of Curaçao

– Nature & climate of Curaçao

– Practical information on Curaçao

– Sports in Curacao

– Transportation in Curaçao

– Shopping in Curaçao

 

Sights & facts of Curaçao

Sights

Curaçao has many attractions that are worth the effort. There is something for everyone, historical, cultural and natural attractions. As the typical Cunucu-cottages in the countryside, the Hato Caves, the Indian murals or a museum, Curacao is to find it all! The capital Willemstad with its natural harbor, the Schottegat, offers a colorful mix of architectural styles. Fresh fruit and fish you buy the ‘floating market’ at The Ruijterkade and in the narrow streets of Otrabanda taste clearly the Spanish / South American atmosphere. Evening is especially cozy in numerous restaurants and bars in the districts Punda. Furthermore knows the island museums, caves, forts and mansions as many attractions. Nature lovers can visit the Christoffel park in the northwest.

 

The Hato Caves, Seaquarium, Willemstad, Museum Kura Hulanda, Country Houses, St. Christopher Park, Fort Amsterdam

 

Highlights

The capital Willemstad with its natural harbor, the Schottegat, offers its visitors a colorful mix of architectural styles. Fresh fruit and fish you buy the ‘floating market’ at The Ruijterkade and in the narrow streets of Otrabanda taste clearly the Spanish / South American atmosphere. Evening is especially cozy in numerous restaurants and bars in the districts Punda. Furthermore knows the island museums, caves, forts and mansions as many attractions. Nature lovers can visit the Christoffel Park in the Northwest.

 

Population, Culture & Religion of Curaçao

Population

The inhabitants of Curaçao are a unique piece Antilles. Take some Caribbean, European and some African. Add some to South America and make it all off with a pinch of sunlight and a little carelessness. Viola: Curacao on his very tastiest! The people of the island so come from all corners of the earth. A melting pot of about forty people, with roots in a Jewish, Portuguese, Dutch, African and South American past, a Creole culture yielded carried by a colorful population. Curaçao is all for its inhabitants, they are very proud of their island. The refreshing of the island is that they still have time for a chat. The population of Curaçao 143,000

 

Population of Curaçao 143,000

 

Culture

Open and show respect for the people of our holiday countries contribute to unique experiences and to preserve the authentic cultures and traditions of each country. If necessary, adjust your clothing and shoot only people who appreciate it. A piece of the Netherlands in the Caribbean; Old Dutch street, colorful facades of former warehouses on the waterfront of the St. Anna Bay. How is it? The Dutch touch, especially Willemstad amazes many tourists still every day. The cheerful pastel hues of the imposing warehouses are not made for the tourists, but for the governor. He wanted color because white hurt his eyes.

 

Religion

The vast majority of the current population on Curaçao belongs to the Roman Catholic Church. Also living there is a fairly large group of Jews on the island. In addition, small groups, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims and Methodists.

 

Breakdown by religion:

Roman Catholic 80%

Protestant 15%

No religion 5%

 

Food & Drink in Curacao

The shelves of supermarkets in Curacao are well stocked with items from all over the world. Because of its role as a major Caribbean transit center, is almost all imported food in Curacao. Immigrants of different origins have brought their own culinary tradition. The local food is heavy and spicy, like stew of goat meat, chicken, beef served with white rice, rice with beans, potatoes and funchi (a slurry of cornmeal). Vegetables usually plays a minor role in traditional Curaçao cuisine, but there are some exceptions, such as the green papaya, cucumber and braised cabbage with corned beef and salt meat. Also known vegetable is the ‘okra’, or cactus. Here is soup made. Fried banana is popular as a side dish. Small hot peppers and onions pickled in acid to give the local food extra flavor. For people who like what to eat, in the late evening hours that may still moving at the snack bar, the ‘truk’di pan. They are open from 22:00 until 05:00 in the morning. Fresh fruits and fruit shakes picks you up at the batido vans along the way. On Curaçao you eat a lot of sweets. Sugar, coconut and peanuts are most common in traditional sweets. These are for sale on the street corners in Punda, the bakery and the shop.

 

Holidays

Because Curacao is influenced by many cultures, there are also several festivals celebrated. Besides the usual (Christian) holidays as Christmas, New Year and Easter are also celebrated their own parties. Also, the typical Dutch Sinterklaas holidays and Queen also celebrated in Curaçao. Carnival (from mid January to Ash Wednesday) is celebrated more on South American way with colorful parades and Caribbean bands.

 

Day of the country Curaçao, Overheidsdag, Flag Day

 

Geography of Curaçao

Location

With about 63 kilometers long and 11 kilometers wide Curaçao is the largest island of the Leeward Islands. Off the coast of the island of Klein Curaçao Curaçao. Lies The north coast is very rough and rocky, while further to the west and in the middle quite hilly. Here is the highest point of the island, the 372 meter high Mount St. Christopher with the same National Park. The south coast has many bays with crystal clear water.

 

Capital of Curacao is Willemstad.

 

Curacao lies in the Caribbean Sea about 55 kilometers from Venezuela. On clear days, even the mainland from the island to see.

 

Geography

Highest point: 372 meter

Highest point: Mount Christoffel

 

Money issues in Curacao

The currency of Curaçao is the Antillean Guilder (ANG). The U.S. dollar is legal tender. There are plenty of opportunities to withdraw money and redeem. Euros at banks Credit cards are widely accepted as payment. The banks accept the Antillean guilder and the U.S. dollar. The right course is available at the reception of the hotel where you are staying and the banks themselves back. Not only banks can withdraw money, often the larger supermarkets also an ATM.

 

Currency: The currency of Curaçao is the Antillean Guilder

 

Banks: The banks accept Antillean and American money dollars. The right course is available at the reception of the property where you are staying and the banks themselves back.

 

ATM: Not only the banks can withdraw money, often the larger supermarkets also an ATM.

 

Credit Cards: Credit Cards are widely accepted as payment.

 

Tipping: It is customary to give the maids, drivers, guides and porters at the airport a tip. The height of the tip depends on what the person does for you. In restaurants, usually fifteen percent service charge and tax. This is not tipgeld, but a kind of tax, which is automatically put on the account. In addition, a tip of about ten percent appreciated.

 

History & Politics of Curaçao

History

The original inhabitants of Curaçao were Arawak Indians, until the Spaniards occupied the island in 1499. In the seventeenth century, made himself master of Curacao Netherlands. The island was perfect for the members of the WIC (West India Company), which sought a strategic base for trade and privateering. The WIC began in the slave trade by removing labor from West Africa in the year 1665 a lucrative trade in that time. The years after the French tried and also the English come to Curaçao to power. The English are this was achieved, but Curaçao was returned to the Netherlands in 1814. A century later, in 1914, began the exploitation of oil in Venezuela, which is a big change for the economy of Curaçao. The oil was refined on the island, making employment increased explosively. Curaçao has always been over the years an attractive island. The island was by its strategic location and natural harbor an important trading center, a haven for both South Americans, Europeans and all kinds of people looking for adventure. Curaçao gained fame as a ‘magnet’ for many people, for traders and for a large group of Jews who vesigde on the island.

 

Regime

Curacao is a former Dutch colony in October 2010 and has since received the Separate Status, which means Curacao operates independently within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The democratic system is based on that of the Netherlands. The gezondheiszorg, education and the legal, constitutional and legal system are largely in the Netherlands.

 

Nature & climate of Curaçao

Nature

Curacao is likely to occur under the sea a hundred million years ago. The ancient rock formations consist mainly of volcanic rocks. The landscape of the island is mostly flat to mention here and there with some hills. The St. Christopher Berg is with 372 meters the highest point of the island. The north coast is rocky and steep. The south coast is characterized by the many natural bays and inlets.

 

Climate

On Curaçao dominates a semi-arid tropical climate. This is moderated by northeast trade, there is always a nice breeze. The sun shines a lot and there is little rain. In winter it is not much colder than in the summer and the average annual temperature is therefore 27.5 degrees Celsius. October, November and December are the wettest months, there can also be arranged outside a hefty fall.

 

Flora and Fauna

Due to the dry climate and low rainfall, there is little green to be found on Curaçao. The vegetation consists mainly of cacti, shrubs and shaped by the wind dividend divibomen, also called fanning trees. Palm trees are mainly found along the beach and at hotels and are not part of the original vegetation of the island. Additionally arrive on the island for mangroves, trees standing in the water with their feet. The sea has a colorful underwater life with many different species of fish, starfish, seahorses and turtles. In contrast to the sea, on land few animals living there. Unique to the island is the Curaçao deer, also known as white-tailed deer. It is a protected species that occurs only in Curacao. Besides the white-tailed deer live lizards, iguanas, goats and donkeys on the island. Most birds that one gets to see in Curacao, overwinter here alone. The different species of birds can be best viewed in the St. Christoffel Park.

 

Curaçao Underwater Park

 

World Heritage in Curaçao

World Heritage Sites are unique attractions include cultural and natural, built and unbuilt monuments globally have exceptional significance and should continue. Preserved for posterity Worldwide there are 962 World Heritage sites in 157 countries. It is of great importance that the World Heritage be well protected. During your visit, you are indispensable. Leave behind example, do not waste stay on the marked paths and take some photos where permitted. Many sites will inform you.

 

Curaçao has one World Heritage

 

Historic Downtown Willemstad

 

Sustainable tourism and environment

Sublime beaches, nice people, a fascinating culture and an impressive landscape. Ingredients that contribute to a successful holiday. To you too soon to guarantee a unique holiday doing your tour to sustainable tourism. Simply put vacations with respect for people and nature. Therefore select your tour with care accommodation, transport and excursions that take into account human and culture, nature and the environment. You, as our customer holidaymaker and a vital link to all to maintain. Beautiful So you can enjoy your holiday. Permanently in the future

 

Phone, Internet & Post

Telephone: Telephone is the Netherlands, especially from the hotel, quite expensive. To make a call, collect call, you can restore it to the receptionist or make a call from your hotel room. The costs are then charged to the called party. You pay uitlsuitend the local call. Natuulijk You can also simply call your own cell phone.

 

Wi-fi is also on Curaçao no longer be ignored. Whether or not you virtually anywhere on the internet, in bars, restaurants and the accommodation fee.

 

Photography, film & video

.

 

Travel documents and visas

In addition to a valid passport, you also need. Valid return ticket A visa is not required for stays less than 30 days. Minors (under 18) traveling without their father, mother or legal guardian need a Travel Authorization. For the most current information, contact the embassy or consulate. It is recommended not to carry your passport with you but to rent if possible. Safes accommodation

 

Flag

The sky, the sun and the sea. It is not strange that they translated into two blue and one yellow band, play an important role in the flag of Curacao. Two stars represent Curaçao Curaçao and uninhabited. The white of the stars stands for peace and happiness, the five points represent the five continents of the different population groups have brought together on the island. The sea and the connection with Amsterdam dominate the weapon proud of Curaçao. The three Andreas Crosses in the arms are almost identical to that of the capital of the Netherlands. The ship once again emphasizes the relationship with the sea and the Netherlands. The Orange Tree flowering indicates the fruits that the island offers. Not literally, but figuratively.

 

Language

Since 1997, Dutch and Papiamentu the two official languages ​​of Curaçao. Papiamentu is a mixed language with Portuguese and Spanish grammar with words from English and Dutch. On Curaçao is also spoken English and Spanish.

 

Language: Papiamentu, Dutch, English and Spanish

Official language: Papiamentu

 

Visiting hours

Banks: Most banks are open from 8:30 a.m. to 15:30 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays they are closed.

 

Shops: Most shops are open from 08:00 to 18:00 am, lunch from 12:00 to 14:00 hours, they are usually closed.

 

Health

We advise you to first involve your room or apartment any hot water as hot as possible to run. Few minutes This also applies to shower and / or bath. The best place the hand shower on the hottest setting set only minutes to the drain. In stagnant water of around 25-50 º C could in fact develop the legionella bacteria, which can effectively combat this way.

 

Vaccinations: For more information GGD in your area.

 

Medical facilities Pharmacies are marked with the word “botika. A doctor can be reached through the reception of the accommodation where you are staying. The emergency department of the St. Elizabeth Hospital, located in the district Otrabanda in Willemstad, is open 24 hours a day.

 

Drinking water: Tap water on your holiday is sometimes not suitable for consumption. You can boil water for consumption, but better (and tastier) is to buy. Bottles of mineral water The bottles are available in different sizes. In the shop Pure (drinking) water is in most countries a holiday scarce commodity that is produced at the expense of nature and the environment. By not letting the tap run unnecessarily and showering instead of taking a bath we wastage. The drinking water in Curacao is suitable for consumption. It is distilled from seawater and is softer than in the Netherlands.

 

Customs Affairs

When traveling by plane or by boat from a country outside the EU to the European Union, may be up to 430 euro tax goods included. It also count all goods it purchased in the country of departure, including the purchases at the airport. Above the standard amount of 430 euros must be paid for tax. This tax consists of tax and duties, for some products, such as alcohol and tobacco, should be duty-paid. If a product has more than 430 euro cost, tax must be paid on the full amount. If there is such a watch of four hundred euros and a pen of one hundred euros purchased, you only pay tax on the pen. The watch can then be imported duty free. Take one for less than 430 euro note, it can be (nothing to declare). Use is made of the green customs desk At higher amounts must be made of the red desk. Customs calculates the amount of the tax.

 

Criminality

Street robbery is unfortunately becoming more common. Shoulder Bags are hereby favorite. Also wrist bags, especially if they are visible in cars or on a cafe table for example, are risky. It is advisable to leave valuables at home as much as possible and spread on clothing and luggage. Somewhat payment Make sure you have the phone on hand to block credit cards, bank cards and mobile phone. Curaçao is generally safe: an island where you can stay carefree. Of course you should, just like home, to take. Normal precautions Lock your car and hotel room so off when you leave and do not leave valuables on view. Most hotels have lockers where you can store stuff. Also watch out for pickpockets in crowded crowds, do not leave bags or luggage unattended and do not take any packages from strangers. It is not recommended to you one by walking. Exit lanes Moreover, you would be wise to evening walk. Not only silent or remote places Finally, you should not bring your valuables to the beach. In short: geruik your common sense and you will have a wonderful time on the island!

 

Sports in Curacao

Curaçao has a wide variety of sports to offer. It does not matter what age you are or what your taste is, there is something for everyone. Diving, mountain biking and windsurfing for the daredevils among us, to quieter, but nevertheless exciting activities like snorkeling, canoeing and horse riding. Curaçao has two 18-hole golf courses: Blue Bay Golf and designed by Pete Dye-Hyatt Regency golf course.

 

Transportation in Curaçao

Public Transport

Bus: There drive various private buses on the island. These are identified by the word “BUS” on the license plate. Waiting at a bus stop or along the road until there comes a van. Make it clear that you want steps, then stopped the van. This mode of transport is not expensive and will take you all over the island. There are several routes that are driven by the vans. It also runs a public bus. These are large buses. You have to get up at a bus stop.

 

Taxi: Taxis are fitted with taxi meters, it is advisable to inquire about the price beforehand. Rates are based on four people, if a fifth person recovers, reckoned 25 percent extra. The rates are valid until eleven o’clock in the evening, then additional 25 percent calculated on the daily rates. Taxis are often identified by the letters TX on the license plate. Vans,

Traffic

Your Dutch license is just valid in Curaçao. Within the urban area is forty kilometers per hour maximum speed and outside urban areas is the maximum speed eighty kilometers per hour. In peak times it can be very busy and after a rain, the streets are slippery.

 

Road traffic: The traffic on Curaçao are the same as in the Netherlands, but there is one exception: all traffic from the right has no precedence, except on a T-junction and if traffic is on a dirt road. Also may be overtaken left and right. The main roads are designated as priority roads.

 

Shopping in Curaçao

The largest supply stores located in Willemstad. The streets of Willemstad are the Broad Street, Heerenstraat and Madurostraat. In the smaller streets around it are also nice shops. The city is also a floating market. On the Sha Caprileskade call Venezuelan fishermen patronage towards him. Fruits and vegetables, freshly imported from Venezuela, there are piled. Some examples of souvenirs are pottery, carvings, hammocks, handmade dolls in folk costumes, painted postcards and notepads, handmade kites and hanging flower pots, made from old tires, which resemble brightly colored tropical birds.

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