Caribbean Tourism

Curacao

Excursions

The restored country estate houses, or landhuizen, emerge here and there in the parched countryside. Not all of them are open to the public but it is worth visiting some of those that are. Set in 503 ha in the east part of the island is Brievengat. Its exact date of construction is unknown, but it is believed to date from the early 18th century. It was used...

The Netherland Antilles- The ‘3 S’s’

The Netherland Antilles, The ‘3 S’s’, Saba, Sint Eustatius (Statia) and Sint Maarten are 880 km north of the rest of the Netherlands Antilles group, the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), which lie off the coast of Venezuela. Each has a distinct character and flavour, St Eustatius being the poorest, Saba the smallest and despite some development...

Papiamento Glossary

Bon bini Welcome Con ta bai How are you? Mi ta bon I am well Bon dia Good morning Bon tarde Good afternoon Bon nochi Good evening Cuanti? How much? Danki Thank you Te aworo See you later A yo Goodbye

Papiamento and Netherland Antilles - ABC

Dutch is the official language, and many islanders also speak English or Spanish, but the lingua franca of the ABC islands is Papiamento (also spelt Papiamentu), which originated with the Portuguese spoken by Jewish emigrants from Portugal, who were the most numerous settlers in the 17th century. Since then it has developed into a mixture of Portuguese,...

Government & Economy of Netherland Antilles - ABC

The organization of political parties began in 1936 and by 1948 there were four parties on Curaçao and others on Aruba and the other islands, most of whom endorsed autonomy. In 1948, the Dutch constitution was revised to allow for the transition to complete autonomy of the islands. In 1954 they were granted full autonomy in domestic affairs and became an...

History of Netherland Antilles - ABC

The first known settlers of the islands were the Caiquetios, a tribe of peaceful Arawak Indians, who lived in small communities under a chieftain or a priest. They survived principally on fish and shellfish and collected salt from the Charoma saltpan to barter with their mainland neighbours for supplements to their diet. There are remains of Indian villages...

Netherland Antilles - ABC

The Netherlands Antilles, The ABC's consist of the islands of Aruba (autonomous, see below) Bonaire and Curaçao (popularly known as the ‘ABC’s’) 60-80 kilometres off the coast of Venezuela, outside the hurricane belt; and 880 kilometres further north (in the hurricane belt) are the ‘3 S’s’: Sint Eustatius (Statia), Saba, and the south part of Sint Maarten (...

Golf & Other Sports

Golf The Curaçao Golf and Squash Club at Wilhelminalaan, Emmastad, has a 10-hole sand golf course open 0800-1230, green fee US$15 for 18-hole round, and two squash courts, US$7, open 0800-1800, T7373590. Tennis The large hotels have tennis courts: the Holiday Beach, Marriott and the Princess Beach have a pro. Santa Catharina Sport and Country Club, T7677028...

Places to Eat - Willemstad

One of the most highly regarded restaurants in Willemstad is The Wine Cellar on Concordiastraat, T4612178. Owned by chef Nico Cornelisie, a master rotisseur, in small old house, only 8 tables, chilly a/c, very good food but unexciting wine list, local fish and meat (ostrich) particularly good, reservations recommended, closed Sun. Alouette, in a restored...

Food & Drink

A 10% service is added to the bill in restaurants but an extra 5% is appreciated. Native food is filling and the meat dish is usually accompanied by several different forms of carbohydrate, one of which may be funchi, a corn meal bread in varying thickness but usually looking like a fat pancake (the same as cou-cou in the Eastern Caribbean). Goat stew (...

Festivals

Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire all hold the traditional pre-Lent carnival. On the Sunday, a week before, is the children’s parade. Curaçao’s main parade is on the Sunday at 1000 and takes 3 hours to pass, starting at Otrabanda. The following Monday most shops are closed. On the Monday at 1500 there is a children’s farewell parade and there is a Farewell Grand...

Entertainment

K-Pasa is a weekly dining and entertainment guide, widely available, www.k-pasa.com For ‘night-owls’, there are casinos. All the large hotels have them, with many gaming tables and rows and rows of fruit machines, open virtually all hours. There are many nightclubs and discothèques, several of which are in the Salinja area: Façade (Lindberghweg 32-34,...

Diving & Marine Life

The waters around Curaçao contain a wide variety of colourful fish and plant life and several wrecks (Superior Producer, near the water distillation plant, and a tugboat in Caracas Bay) which have foundered on the coral reef just offshore. The reef surrounds the island and consists generally of a gently sloping terrace to a depth of about 10 m, then a drop...

Beaches & Watersports

There are several nice beaches on Curaçao. The northwest coast is rugged and rough for swimming, but the southwest coast offers some sheltered bays and beaches with excellent swimming and snorkelling. Windsurfing, waterskiing, yachting and fishing are available at resorts. Many of the beaches are private and make a charge per car (amount depends on day of...

Accommodations

There is a 7% government tax & 10% (sometimes 12-15%) service charge to be added to any quoted room rate & many hotels add an extra US$3 per day energy surcharge. New hotel, villa or timeshare developments are springing up all over Curaçao. Several huge resorts are planned around Knip beach, Lagun, Cas Abao, Piscadera, Parasasa, Cornelis Bay and Jan...