Caribbean Tourism

Curacao

Communications

Telephone Services All American Cables & Radio Inc, Keukenstraat; Kuyperstraat; Radio Holland NV, De Ruytergade 51; Sita, Curaçao Airport. Prepaid phone cards are available for international calls from Antelecom, Belvédère House, T124. Telephone rates abroad are published in the telephone book, but beware if phoning from a hotel, you can expect a huge...

Getting Around

Land Car Hire: There are about 4 car rental agencies at the airport, all the offices are together so it is easy to pick up price lists for comparison. One or two companies usually have desks in each of the major hotels. Look in local tourist literature or newspapers for news of special deals on offer, there is lots of choice. There have been problems with...

Before Travelling

Documents All visitors must have an onward ticket to a destination outside the Netherlands Antilles and a confirmed room reservation before arriving. Tourists may stay for up to three months with a valid passport. Those intending to stay more than 90 days must apply for a visa. US citizens do not need a passport; a birth certificate, alien registration card...

Curacao

Curacao Curaçao the largest of the five islands comprising the Netherlands Antilles, lies in the Caribbean Sea 60 km off the Venezuelan coast, outside the hurricane belt. The landscape is barren, due to low rainfall which makes for sparse vegetation consisting mostly of cactus thickets, and although it is not flat, the only significant hill is Mount Christoffel in...

Old Havana (La Habana Vieja) - Places of Interest

Castillo del Morro Built between 1589 and 1630, with a 20 m moat, but much altered. It stands on a bold headland, with the best view of Havana and is illuminated at night. It was one of the major fortifications built to protect the natural harbour and the assembly of Spain’s silver fleets from pirate attack. The flash of its lighthouse, built in 1844, is...

CURACAO: USEFUL INFORMATION

TOURIST OFFICES Curaçao Curaçao Tourist Board Pietermaai 19, P.O. Box 3266 Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles Ph. +(5999) 434-8200 Fax +(5999) 461-5017, +(5999) 461-2305 Opening Hours Main Office Monday - Friday 7.30 am - 12.00 noon 1.30 pm - 5.00 pm Information Booth Punda side of Queen Emma bridge Monday - Friday 8.00 am - 6.00 pm Saturday 8.00 am - 5.00 pm E-...

CURACAO: WHAT TO SEE AND DO

DINING Cuisines from more than a dozen countries range from classic to exotic, local dishes also reflect an international influence. American, French, Indian, Indonesian, Italian, Latin American, Gourmet, Fast food. Dress code varies. Service charge 10%. NIGHTLIFE Entertainment available includes: Discos. Dinner/Dance. Theater. Casinos. Nightclubs. Live...

CURACAO: COUNTRY PROFILE AND MAP

GEOGRAPHY Curacao is located 12 degrees N and 69 degrees W, 35 mls north of the coast of Venezuela, in the Netherlands Antilles. 42 mls east of Aruba, 30 mls west of Bonaire and 1710 mls from New York. Highest elevation 1,239 ft, Mount Christoffel. TIME GMT -4 EST +1. CLIMATE Annual average temperature - 80 degrees F. Average humidity - 77%. Average...

CURACAO: MONEY/ BUSINESS GUIDE

BANKS ABN-AMRO. Antilles Banking Corporation. Banco de Venezuela N.V. Banco di Caribe. Banco Industrial de Venezuela. Banco Mercantil Venezolano. Giro Curacao N.V. Maduro and Curiel's Bank. SFT Bank N.V. BANKING HOURS Monday to Friday 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM. The airport bank is open Monday thru Saturday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and on Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM...

CURACAO: HOW TO GET THERE

AIRLINES Air Aruba. ALM Antillean Airlines. American Airlines. Avianca Airlines. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. LAV. Servivensa Airlines. Martin Air. Sobel Air. AIRPORTS (CUR) - International Airport HATO, located 7.5 mls from the capital, Willemstad. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For U.S. and Canadian citizens either a passport, birth certificate or proof of citizenship...

Curacao, in the Dutch Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela

Curacao, in the Dutch Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela, is unique for Old World splendor sketched in spectacular Flemish facades. Willemstad, the capital, characterized by the Caribbean's most frequently photographed cityscape, blends the "then" and the "now" with great success. Some say it's reminiscent of Amsterdam. A simple, historic pontoon bridge...

Introduction

Curacao is an island of tropical charms with sophisticated European flair. Long-standing ties to Holland are reflected in rows of crayola-colored townhouses with red tile roofs and rococo-style facades that line the streets of Wilemstad, the capital. See every species of marine life native to Curacao's waters displayed at the Sea Aquarium. Curacao's 38...