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About Curacao

The Dutch Antilles consisted of two island groups of three islands each; the Netherlands Leeward and the Netherlands Windward islands.

Dissolving The Netherlands Antilles 10-10-2010

'De Nederlandse Antillen' was an integral part of the Netherlands - until dissolution on 10th October, 2010 provided two new constituent countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands: Curacao and Sint Maarten.

Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius became a direct part of the Netherlands as special municipalities (bijzondere gemeenten),

Netherlands Antilles: Location of Aruba, Bonaire and Cura�ao; off the coast of Venezuela.
Netherlands Leeward - Off The Coast of Venezuela

Netherlands Leeward

The Leeward group, situated north-west of Caracas, Venezuela, consisted of Curacao, Bonaire, and Aruba (until 1986).

Netherlands Windward

The Windward group, east of Puerto Rico, consisted of the southern half of St Martin (Sint Maarten) and all of St Eustatius and Saba.

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Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten.

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Local weather forecasts for destinations around the Caribbean region.

Curacao Language

The official language is Dutch, although English and Spanish are also spoken.

Papiamento is a mixture of mostly Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Papiamentu Phrases

Kon ta bai (general greeting)

Bon dia (good day)

Bon tarde (good afternoon)

Bon nochi (good evening)

Danki (thanks)

Masha danki (many thanks)

Ayo (goodbye)


Willemstad is the capital of Curacao.

Settled by the Spanish in 1527, the city was taken by the Dutch in 1634.

Historic Willemstad:
Places of interest include Fort Amsterdam, the governor's palace, the town hall, Wilhelmina Park, an 18th-century Protestant church, and a Jewish cemetery that dates from 1650.

Willemstad Hotels:
Find hotels in the Willemstad with special online rates.


Bonaire Diving Vacations:
Great Southern Island Adventures started offering packages for divers, snorkelers and windsurfers to Bonaire back in 1986.

Visiting Curacao

If you choose to go self-catering, there are many mini-markets around and fresh produce comes from Venezuela by boat.

Check-out the harbour front pavilion in Kralendijk.

Business in Curacao:
The Curacao Chamber of Commerce & Industry is the voice of private enterprise in Curacao; representing the general interests of the business community and individuals with an interest in doing business in, from or through Curacao.

Curacao Guide:
Comprehensive guide to Curacao with useful information to help you plan your Curacao vacation.

Curacao Visitor:
Discover a place where smiles and laughter are the daily means of exchange; where wealth is measured in time not money; and where people dance like no one is watching.

Tourist Offices:
Contact information for Curacao tourist offices in Miami, New York, Holland, and Willemstad.

Getting to Curacao

Air ALM:
Antillean Airlines - serving Atlanta, Aruba, Bonaire, Caracas, Curacao, Kingston, Maracaibo, Miami, Paramaribo, Port au Prince, Port of Spain, Santo Domingo, San Juan, St Maarten and Valencia.

From Flamingo Airport

If you don't hire a rental car, taxis are the best way to get to your hotel.

Around Curacao

Curacao Beaches:
Descriptions and photographs of beaches and dive sites around Curacao.

Curacao Forum:
A sheltered harbour to ask your Curacao questions in.

Curacao Monuments:
A selection of the hundreds of historical buildings classified as monuments on Curacao.

Curacao National Parks:
There's more natural things to do in Curacao than sprawl out on a beach.

Curacao Recipes:
How to make typical Curacao dishes -- featuring Sopi di Banana (Plantain Soup), Keshi Yena (Stuffed Cheese), and Kokada.

Curacao Travel Guide:
Plenty of information on Curacao to help you create your own vacation.

Curacao Travel Reports:
A selection of informative posts to the Caribbean Travel Roundup, edited by Paul Graveline.

K-Pasa Curacao:
The weekly edition of what's going on in Curacao.

Nightlife Curacao:
Where to swing your hips in Curacao to the groovy sound of Salsa.

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