A diverse cultural history waiting to be explored

Curacao, an island country located just 65 km north off the coast of Venezuela has a unique, peculiar history. The English-speaking, Afro-Caribbean island is as sunny and as it is friendly, though it has a distinct Dutch flavor, with its pastel-colored buildings and double-Dutch signs. 

The Arawak Indians were the first to settle Curaçao, as evidenced by the Arawak cave paintings in Christoffel National Park. The Spanish came on the scene not long after Columbus discovered the New World in the late 1400’s. They served to decimate the population or transport them elsewhere in the Caribbean. 

The Dutch West India Company brought with it commerce, trading, and slavery in the 1600’s, setting up shop with numerous plantations in the capital city of Willemstad. 

History & Culture

The Treaty of Paris in 1815 saw the return of Curaçao to the Dutch from the British. Though the English language took hold, the the native tongue is Creole of Portuguese descent. Dutch and Spanish can also be discerned in everyday conversations. The culture of Curaçao lends itself to many backgrounds, with the island home to a majority of Afro-Caribbean, along with Dutch, French, Latin American, and Asian folk. 

With its mostly Dutch upbringing, Curaçao retains a distinctive air in its architecture. You will notice this especially in Willemstad, with its typical multicolored, Dutch-style building. The cuisine is a mixture of the various peoples, with Dutch goodies and seafood particularly prominent.

Places of Interest
Curacao is a beautiful island with many hidden gems that are worth exploring.

According to Tripadvisor, some of the best hidden gem attractions in Curacao are:

Klein (Little) Curacao: A small, uninhabited island located off the coast of Curacao. It is known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. 

Shete Boka National Park: A national park located on the northern coast of Curacao. It is known for its rugged coastline, natural bridges, and blowholes. 

Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue: A historic synagogue located in Willemstad, Curacao.

Mount Christoffel: The highest peak in Curacao, located in Christoffel National Park. It offers stunning views of the island and is a popular hiking site. 

Playa Piskado/Playa Grandi: A beautiful beach located on the western coast of Curacao. It is known for it's crystal-clear waters and abundant marine life, including sea turtles. 

Best time to visit, year round!

Curaçao is warm and sunny most of the year, and is also drier than most other Caribbean destinations on account of its position in the south and near the South American continent. The average yearly temperature is a balmy 81°F (27°C), with an average monthly rainfall of less than two inches. The high season spans December to April, while the low season runs from May to November.