Travel to Curacao

Curacao is part of the Leeward Islands which is an autonomous state in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This state has existed since October 2010. Curaçao had 158,040 inhabitants in 2015 and its surface area is 444 km2.

History

The island of Curacao was in history one of the main spaces for pirates. There were buccaneers there during the glory days of the pirates. The Arawak Indians are the first inhabitants of the island; they were from Venezuela.

Alonso de Ojeda discovered the island in 1499 and massacred the Arawaks to take Curaçao under Spanish control. Subsequently, the Spanish do their best to repopulate the island with Native Americans.

Around the 1630s, the island of Curaçao underwent Dutch colonization. Indeed, the Dutch West India Company was looking for a home bridge that was at the level of the Caribbean Sea.

It was in October 2010 that Curaçaos became a new autonomous territory of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This was made possible by the agreement to dissolve the common political institutions between the Dutch government and the government of the Netherlands Antilles.

Culture

The culture of Curaçao is very rich and varied. In terms of music, there are several genres of music and dance from different backgrounds that are combined.

There is the Curaçao blues or tambu which is created by the first black slaves wanting to express their frustration. This music is played with a hoe, a drum, a cow's horn and a piece of iron.

There is also the seù which is a traditional dance to celebrate the harvest and the harvests.

The tumba is one of the most important music on the island. Contemporary music is also present there.

Typical dishes in Curaçao are: kabritu which is a dish made from goat meat, yuana which is prepared with iguana meat, etc. Curaçao blue alcohol is also popular on the island.

There are three official languages: English, Dutch and Papiamento. The Spanish language is also widely spoken there.

Regarding religions, the majority of the island's inhabitants are Catholics. Protestants also exist in the minority.

The must-sees in Curacao

There are some places you should definitely not miss when visiting the island.

It is a wooden swing and floating bridge. It is the only such bridge in the world, which is why it is a real tourist attraction. It crosses the bay of St Anna and connects the Otrobanda and Punda districts. It opens regularly for the passage of ocean-going vessels.

The caves of Hato

They are a famous tourist attraction in Curaçao. These caves are made up of limestone from marine coral. Their area is 4900 m2 and their length is approximately 240 m. There is a colony of bats inside.

Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao is also a must-see destination on the island. It has several historic districts and its city center attracts with its colorful architecture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

From Montreal or Quebec, you can get to Curacao mainly with Air Canada by connecting flights. WestJet and American Airlines also offer some connecting flights. Although flights operate almost year round, all-inclusive packages may be limited.
Several modes of transport are offered on the island of Curacao: public transport (bus or van-bus), taxi, some transport offered by your hotel, and the most common mode of transport, car rental.
Curacao is located in the Southern Caribbean, between Aruba and Bonaire, part of the three small Dutch islands called 'ABC' located in the north of Venezuela.
Curacao has so much to offer besides its beaches and nautical activities, visits to plantations, two national parks, the capital Willemstad for museums, a Unesco site, architecture, the arts, shopping, life nocturnal, the Curacao liquor distillery, and of course the warm welcome of its local population.
Although the climate is warm and sunny year round, the best months to go to Curacao are January, February and March.
The currency in Curacao is the guilder (or the Dutch guilder) (ANG), but the US dollar is accepted. The exchange rate varies (eg $ 1 USD for 1.75 ANG).
Curacao is an independent state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Curacao is in the same time zone as Quebec, and there is no change to summer or winter time; consequently, when Quebec switches to the time change in winter, there is a one hour difference.
Curacao is filled with history, art and culture; it is necessary to discover the plantations, the manors, the museums; nature and park excursions to appreciate the beauty and richness of biodiversity, nightlife, bars and casinos to party; Curacao is an island of adventure, discovery and fun.
Curacao is located in the far south of the Caribbean, outside the hurricane belt; it is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, just like its sister islands, Aruba and Bonaire. https://www.curacao.com/fr/pourquoi-curacao The temperature here is ideal all year round.