Curacao became a constituent country of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in October 2010, following the dissolution of The Netherlands Antilles. The capital, Willemstad boasts colourful Dutch-style architecture. Its harbour is particularly pretty. English is widely spoken, along with, Dutch, Spanish, and the native Papiamentu.

Queen Juliana Bridge crosses the harbour and is the tallest in the Caribbean. Curaçao has excellent beaches and reefs for scuba diving which can be reached from the shore. It is popular destination for cruise ships, which dock on the coast of Willemstad. The economy has traditionally been dependent on refining and exporting Venezuelan oil.


Curacao flag

Why you should go:

For the gorgeous Dutch architecture.

Why you shouldn't:

You like a cool breeze – the record low temperature is 20C (68F).

Map of Curacao