Curaçao is an island in the southern Caribbean Sea. . The Country of Curaçao includes the main island and the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao (“Little Curaçao”), is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has a population of over 150,000 on an area of 444 km and its capital is Willemstad.
When the Dutch arrived in 1634, they built forts at key points around the island to protect themselves from foreign powers, privateers, and pirates. Five of the best preserved forts can still be seen today (Waterfort Fort, Amsterdam ,Fort Beekenburg, Fort Nassau, Riffort Piscadera Bay Fort)
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Curaçao has a tropical savannah climate with a dry season from January to September and a wet season from October to December. The temperatures are relatively constant with small differences throughout the year. The trade winds bring cooling during the day and the same trade winds bring warming during the night. The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 26.5 °C (80 °F) and the warmest month is September with an average temperature of 28.9 °C (84 °F).
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Klein Curaçao ( English: Little Curaçao) is a 1.7 square kilometres (170 ha; 0.66 sq mi) uninhabited island south-east of Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea, and is part of the country of Curaçao. The only structures on the island are an old lighthouse, a beach house, and several huts.
The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge across St. Anna Bay in Curaçao. It connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city, Willemstad. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of ocean going vessels.
Playa Porto Marie is a beach on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, located near the village of Sint Willibrordus, at the Porto Marie Bay. The beach is used as a starting point for scuba diving and snorkeling. There is a small bar.
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Kleine Knip ( Papiamento: Playa Kenepa Chiki) is a beach on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. It is located at the western side of the island, between the villages of Westpunt and Lagun, at 50 mins drive from Willemstad. It is a small beach, located at a bay between rocks.
The Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue ( Hebrew: בית הכנסת מקווה ישראל-עמנואל; English: The Hope of Israel-Emanuel Synagogue), in Willemstad, Curaçao, is one of the oldest synagogues in the Americas. It is commonly known as the Snoa (short for esnoga, an old Portuguese and Ladino word for synagogue) and is a major tourist attraction in Curaçao, with one notable group of visitors including Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her family, in 1992.
The forced relocation of Africans from Africa to the Americas and the Caribbean by Europeans from the 17th to the 19th centuries, changed the face of the world forever. Museum Kura Hulanda is situated right at the city-center harbor of Willemstad, where Dutch entrepreneurs once traded and transshipped enslaved Africans along with other 'commercial goods'.
Het nationale park Shete Boka ('zeven inhammen of baaien') is een natuurgebied op Curaçao. Het park is opgericht in 1994, en beslaat ca. 200 hectare. Het gebied grenst aan het Nationale park Christoffelpark en beslaat meer dan 10 kilometer van de ruige noordkust van het eiland.
Te Punda bevindt zich de Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagoge uit 1732, de oudste synagoge van het westelijk halfrond die continu in gebruik is geweest. Er is ook een Joods museum aan verbonden. Het Postmuseum is gehuisvest in het oudste gebouw van de wijk, dat uit 1693 dateert en in de jaren negentig geheel werd gerenoveerd.
Playa Lagun is a beach on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, located near the village of Lagun in the north-west of the island. The beach is located in a small bay. Surrounding the bay, an apartment complex has been built. The beach is used as a starting point for snorkeling.
Queen Juliana Bridge is a four lane road bridge across St. Anna Bay in Willemstad, the capital of Curaçao and formerly, the Netherlands Antilles. The bridge is named after Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. The original bridge collapsed in 1967 and its replacement, the current bridge, opened on Queen's Day, (April 30) 1974.
Christoffelpark is a protected nature area at the Northwestern end of the island of Curaçao.
Curacao Windsurfing Windsurfing on Curaçao is windsurfing as it was meant to be -- riding a great surf on a clear blue sea! Never windsurfed before and think it's difficult? Give it a try at one of the following organizations, and see for yourself.
Hato Caves are show caves and a popular tourist attraction on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Caves are approximately 240 m long, formed in coral limestone by karst processes.
The maritime history of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles and the Maritime Museum with geographical maps, pictures, facts, legends of Willemstad, the harbor, the oil refinery, ships, the Dutch West India Company and all other maritime aspects. An attraction not to be missed.
Daaibooi is a beach on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, located close to the village of Sint Willibrordus, a 30 minutes drive to the north-west of Willemstad. The beach is in a secluded bay, surrounded by cliffs. The loggerhead sea turtle is known to nestle here.
Playa Jeremi is a beach on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, located close to the village of Lagun in the north-west of the island. The beach is made up partly of sand, partly of volcanic material. There are no facilities.
Playa Kalki is a beach on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, also curiously known as "Alice in Wonderland". The name Kalki is unrelated to the Avatar Kalki, but comes from the local Papiamentu word for the white coral rock and limestone, which is abundant on the beach and surrounding cliffs.
ADDRESS MAMBO BEACH Sea Aquarium Beach Bapor Kibra z/n Willemstad, Curaçao
Playa Santa Cruz is a beach on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, located to the south of the village of Lagun. It is a wide, sandy beach. There are beach cabins and a snack bar that opens irregularly in the week-ends.
De Jan Thielbaai is op het moment alleen gratis toegankelijk voor de bewoners van de nabijgelegen resorts, de Chogogo Resort, de Livingstone Resort en de Papagayo Resort. De buitenstaanders moeten entree betalen, plus de kosten voor het gebruik van strandstoelen. De strand is vrij luxueus ingericht en met name gericht op de rijke toerist.
Toen Curaçao in 1634 in handen kwam van de West-Indische Compagnie (WIC) werd besloten tot de bouw van het fort. De bouw werd uitgevoerd onder leiding van admiraal Johan van Walbeek in de periode 1635 - 1636. Het gebouw zou niet alleen dienst doen als verdedigingswerk maar ook als plaatselijk hoofdkantoor voor de WIC.
Savonet Museum is a unique concept in the heart of the Christoffelpark. The largest nature reserve on the island harbours the buildings of the former Savonet Plantation including the formal plantation house
Tula (executed October 3, 1795) was a slave on Curaçao and a leader of a 1795 slave revolt that convulsed the island for more than a month. He is revered on Curaçao today as a fighter for human rights and independence. Bandabou had between 4,000 and 5,000 inhabitants in 1795, mostly enslaved.