Why Visit the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao?
It is understandable, especially right now, that you have a deep desire to travel again. Honestly, everyone we engage with is anxious to dust off their dive gear and get wet as soon as possible. But when – right? What are the top 5 reasons? When is it safe to travel, and what can you expect when you land in Curaçao?? Most importantly, what happens when it is time to head home?
Dive in to the Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Curacao
If you are interested in the answers and the top 5 reasons why you should be consider Curaçao as your next vacation destination, then keep reading.
Because as soon as the plane lands at Hato International Airport and that famous dry heat hits you square in the forehead, you will realize that Curacao is not a typical Caribbean island. In fact, it is that moment when you “Feel it for Yourself”, that you understand you have arrived in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.
Why Travel to Curacao?
Many refer to the group Dutch Caribbean islands off the coast of Venezuela – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao – as the “ABC Islands”.
Hidden Caribbean Gem
Often, Aruba and Bonaire overshadow the “C”, Curaçao. No one is sure how Curaçao got its name, but one theory is that it comes from the Portuguese word that means “heart”, since the island was the center of commerce in the seventeenth century.
Traveler Tip: Language of Curaçao – Papiamento for tourists
Is it Safe to Travel to Curacao?
Curacao is a Caribbean destination where you can enjoy a relaxing and safe vacation, and we are waiting to welcome you back with open arms, at an appropriate distance. With the sun on your back, you can gaze over the bright blue sea with a cold drink at your fingertips; the immediate worries of the coronavirus slowly slip away.
Curacao has restarted tourism in a controlled manner and the number of infections is under control. Because all tourists have to do a Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test and measures have been taken, COVID-19 is not so intrusive. Of course we want to keep Curaçao safe for you as a visitor, but of course also for our population.
If you want to know how you can travel to Curacao, what the requirements are for entry and where to get tested before you head home, then read the A Guide to Travel to Curaçao and we hope to see you soon!
But, what is the latest news and information regarding Coronavirus in Curacao? Please click here for the current information.
Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Curacao
# 1: Curacao is a Unique and Authentic Caribbean island
One of the top 5 reasons that you should consider traveling to Curacao is that this Dutch Caribbean island is not a typical vacation destination.
Curaçao is in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean, surrounded by its sister islands, Bonaire and Aruba. Today, Curaçao is a proud independent country within the Dutch Kingdom that is 61 km (38 miles) long and between 5-14 kms (3-9 miles) across and located approximately 60 km (37 miles) north of Venezuela.
“Although the history of Curacao has many different European influences, the island has been part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since it was colonized by the Dutch. You will notice it even before leaving the airport: blue and white porcelain dishes and delicious Dutch snacks are sold throughout the island as souvenirs, and the capital, Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, features a recognizable Dutch architecture of gabled roofs and curved eaves.”
Curacao has a population of approximately 160,000 inhabitants and a modern infrastructure, including the highest bridge and the largest shipping port in the Caribbean. Though this little Dutch Caribbean island is best known for its colorful colonial waterfront in Willemstad, too few know about the rainbow of vibrant coral and marine life under its waters.
With a unique blend of history, culture, language, food and music and incredible diving, Curaçao is distinguishing itself from other Caribbean and worldwide destinations. In addition, the island’s dive industry partners are invested in regular / ongoing and extensive initiatives for marine conservation and sustainable tourism.
Top Things to Do in Curacao
# 2: Welcoming and Positive Caribbean Vibes
Any night of the week and at any time of the year, you can find some kind of nightlife in Curacao. Nightlife is one of the best things to do in Curacao, with annual events such as the Curaçao International Dive Festival, Carnival and the King’s Day Festival are amongst the biggest.
Music festivals, such as the Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival, arrive on the island frequently, and many of the beaches such as Mambo Beach have become popular sunset gathering areas where happy hours are offered at the bars and restaurants.
There are also many discrete lounges and bars too, especially in the historic Pietermaai District or in the downtown core of Willemstad.
Travelers Tip: Discover Punda Vibes’ every Thursday night. The mission of Punda Vibes’ is to make you fall in love with our dushi Punda. This fairly new and interesting event has turned into weekly habit that has been making waves in Punda on Thursday nights – Punda Thursday Vibes. It has become a celebration of Punda’s booming art scene wherein the town showcases work from local artists. Pop-up craft markets, live theater, and historic dancing as music fills the alleys and people dance under the stars. Afterwards, a stunning fireworks display decorates the sky.
# 3: Incredible Tastes and Flavors - a Foodie Paradise
Curacao has a lot to offer when it comes to your culinary experience. The restaurants on Curacao have a variety of local dishes, but the international cuisine is also well represented on the island.
Dive In & Taste it for Yourself
Eating is an important part of Antillean culture, and it would be a shame if you didn’t enjoy it. One of the nicest things about vacation is discovering new dishes from the local kitchen. Lunch is just as important on Curacao as dinner. There are plenty of restaurants and eateries on Curacao, but where is the best place to go?
The Top 10 Best…
and sometimes less well-known restaurants for lunch and dinner on Curacao!!
# 4: All travel types will love it
Whatever travel type you may be – family travel, scuba diver, adventure traveler, couples, groups, romantic, and so on – we can assure you that you can find things to do in Curacao, and matching accommodations (ranging from five star resorts to hostels) that will fit any budget.
Creating your Own Experience – On Your Own Terms
What makes Curaçao so special is that there is something here for everyone with activities ranging from restaurants to shopping, street parties, beach clubs and so much more. In addition, with more 70 pristine dive sites and 40 beautiful beaches on the island, you will have no trouble finding your own personal paradise where you are in control of the privacy settings.
# 5: Curaçao is a diver's paradise
Of course, being biased, the top 5 reasons to visit Curaçao would not be complete if we did not mention the best reason – all of the incredible opportunities for scuba diving and snorkeling.
The fringing reefs of Curaçao are some of the most healthy and bio-diverse in the entire Caribbean region, so it is no surprise that this Dutch Caribbean island is one of the Top 10 dive and vacation destinations in the World. Whether you are a snorkeler, a novice diver or if you have an open water certificate, you will find a perfect dive site for your level.
Unique and Special Dive Sites
The Tugboat wreck, as an example, is a dive site located in only five meters of water and is feasible as a diver or snorkeler; You can also do a dive along the wall and explore an underwater cliff. Other major dive sites include Director’s Bay, the MV Superior Producer, Klein Curaçao, Mushroom Forest, Watamula and of course, The Blue Room which is an essential Curaçao experience!
CLICK HERE for the Curacao Dive Travel Guide for even more reasons!
Are You Ready to Travel to Curacao?
It is time to dive back into Curaçao, to visit the heart of the Dutch Caribbean! Of course there are many more reasons than these top 5 ! But if you are you ready to keep dreaming, to start planning or even to begin you next Caribbean travel adventure then visit Dive Travel Curaçao today to explore the endless possibilities!
We hope to see you soon, so you can “Feel it for Yourself” and of course, Dive Curaçao!
Need more convincing? Read: 9 Reasons to Visit Curacao, the Caribbean Island You’re Pronouncing Wrong, Smarter Travel
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