Curaçao - General information
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
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.