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A delightful, sunny climate, azure sea, white sandy beaches, who does not dream of such a place? Curaçao offers you all this and more ~ a small piece of Holland in the tropics, a hospitable island where summer just never ends!

Curaçao is located in the southwestern Caribbean, at latitude 12° north and longitude 68° west. The island is just 70 km (44 miles) north of South America. It is 2½ hours by air from Miami and 9 hours by air from The Netherlands. The island is 56 km (35 miles) off the coast of Venezuela—a 45 minute flight from Caracas.

Curaçao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles, and is one of the three 'ABC sister' islands which include Aruba to the west and Bonaire to the east. It's long, arid, and generally flat, but makes up for it with a spectacular coastal variety. The south is peppered with small bays and inlets, beautiful bays and beaches. At the east end you'll find the historic capital and major port of Willemstad, where most of the 170,000 residents live. It forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The advantage that this offers is that Dutch is the official language, and the system of law is based on our Civil Code.

Thanks to the island’s geographical location it is usually spared in the hurricane seasons. The rainy season, which is between October and February, is usually marked by short, occasional showers, mostly at night, and continued sunny weather during the day. Total annual rainfall averages only 570 mm (22 inches). The average air temperature is 28 degrees Celsius (around 82 Fahrenheit) and the seawater temp is 27 degrees Celsius (about 80 F.). This is an ideal climate to bask in during wintertime or to enjoy a holiday all year around.