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The largest of the three ABC islands is called Curaçao, the others being Aruba and Bonaire, is 65 km long and 15 km wide and has over 50 different nationalities living upon it. The name is thought to have come from the time when Spaniards ruled and called the island Curazon which means 'heart' in Spanish. A really appropriate name, as there is a risk that a part of your heart will remain on this wonderful island forever.

Curaçao belongs today to the Netherlands Antilles, which in turn belongs to the Netherlands. Dutch is the official language, but many inhabitants also speak the island's own language, Papiamento. In addition, both English and Spanish is spoken at most places on the island.

The island has so much to offer - beautiful reef diving, magical white beaches, great shopping, exciting nightlife and many cultural treasures, as the capital Willemstad is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The island also has a dark history, as it was the Caribbean slave centre for many years, something that is documented in the world famous, fascinating, and touching museum, Kurá Hulanda, which is well worth a visit.

Curaçao Travel information

  • Time: -4 GMT
  • Currency: Netherlands Antilles Florin (NAFL) and US dollar
  • Language: Dutch, English, Papiamento (a mix of Spanish, Portugeuse, Dutch, French, English and Arawak Indian).
  • Water: Tap water and ice are safe to consume, but bottled water is available for purchase.
  • Visa: Not required for EU citizens
  • Health: Contact your local medical clinic for advice.
  • Recompression chamber: There is a chamber located in Willemstad. Be sure to have dive insurance that protects you during your holiday. 
  • Country code: +599
  • Electricity: Standard 110-130V (American and European sockets)

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