Curacao – A TOURIST IN THE CARIBBEAN

Curacao

Curacao has an exceptional beauty and an enchantment that attracts visitors from all over the world.  An island filled with UNESCO Heritage sites, astonishing beaches, colorful nature, gorgeous and exceptional architecture is only some of the reasons why visitors love to vacation on this beautiful island. The island has been named the top cruise destination of the Southern Caribbean many times and tourism remains the strength of the island’s economy

With year-round warm temperatures, gentle breezes, low humidity, and situated outside the hurricane belt Curacao is an island you can visit all year round. The island belongs to a group called the ABC islands, the sister isle of Aruba to the West, and Bonaire to the East.

Kura Hulanda Museum

Curacao is a small island just about 10 miles wide with an area of about 180 sq miles.  The island, located just off the Venezuelan border has an oil refinery, in part, thanks to the Venezuelans for constructing the refinery in Curacao in the early 20th century to refine their newly discovered oil from Venezuelan oilfields. Curacao’s rich cultural history stems in part from the beautiful Dutch Colonial architecture which has its vibrant array of pastel colors scattered all across the island.

The capital Willemstad is home to a magnificent natural harbor and the iconic Queen Emma Bridge – the only floating pedestrian pontoon bridge in the world. The island is not known for producing many agricultural products because of the little rainfall it receives, so instead, they use the plantations on the island to produce salt,  which was the island’s main export years ago.

Today, the island no longer depends on the salt industry but rather on a diverse economy, based on tourism, oil refining, international trade shipping services, and international financial services. Ship repairs are a major industry on the island. Curacao possesses a high-income economy as defined by the World Bank. It is ranked 46th in the world in terms of GDP (PPP) per capita, and 27th in the world in terms of nominal GDP per capita.

Queen Emma Bridge

First inherited by the Arawak, Curacao throughout its long history has been controlled by Spain, France, Britain, and the Netherlands and each has left their cultural imprint on the island’s culture. While today, the island has a very rich and diverse culture with over 50 different nationalities mainly Dutch and Africans. The strong Afro-Caribbean presence makes up the majority of the population on the island. There is also a prominent Jewish influence on the island. Portuguese is spoken widely among the locals but so is Papiamento, Dutch, English, and Spanish.

Whatever your cultural heritage, you will find a bit of it on the island of Curacao. The streets are filled with art galleries, museums, live music, and street performers entertaining locals and tourists visiting the island. And many beaches turn into pubs and bars at night featuring live DJ music and all-night partying.

There is no limit to the warm and friendly hospitality handed out at hotels, stores, and markets by vendors and locals on the island. There is something for everyone from great shopping to plenty of activities to the endless beach and street parties, the island offers visitors a great vacation and much more.

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