Caribbean Tourism

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 Parade on the Tuesday evening when the Rey Momo is burned.


Several music festivals are held throughout the year. You can hear tumba around carnival time. Contact the Curaçao Jazz Foundation, T4658043, for details of the May and November jazz festivals and the Festival Center, T7376343, for details of salsa (August) and merengue (May) festivals. For the Golden Artists Music Festival in October, T4655777.

Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day
  • Carnival Monday (February)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Queen’s Birthday (30 April)
  • Labour Day (1 May)
  • Ascension Day
  • Flag Day (2 July)
  • Christmas on 25 and 26 December

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