Curacao Travel Guide

Even though Curaçao is a popular stop on many Caribbean cruises, a lot of Americans have, in the past, tended not to visit Curaçao just on its own. But travel to Curaçao—the “C” of the ABC Dutch Caribbean islands that also include Aruba and Bonaire—is worth much more than a day in port. It has nearly 40 beaches, a quaint capital city and plenty of lovely, untamed landscape. The east side of Curaçao is the the most populated side of the island, where the capital city of Willemstad offers plenty of colonial architecture, shopping, museums and cafes. The less inhabited west side, meanwhile, is full of hills, secluded coves, and old fishing villages, and the south side of the island has some of the best diving in the world. Read on in this Curaçao travel guide to plan your trip:

Things Not to Miss in Curaçao

• Christoffel National Park
 • Queen Emma Bridge, a floating pontoon bridge
 • The Curaçao Seaquarium
 • Kurá Hulanda Museum, the Curaçao Museum, and the Maritime Museum
 • Jan Kok salt flats, dating back to 1650

When to Go to Curaçao

Curaçao is a warm, tropical destination any time of the year. Rainy season isn't as big a factor in Curacao as it is on some islands—and happily, Curaçao is located just outside the hurricane belt. The height of Curaçao travel season runs from mid-December to mid-April, when Europeans and North Americans come to escape cold winters. Christmas, New Year's, Presidents Day, and the spring break weeks of March also tend to be particularly busy for tourists. Locals and visitors alike love the parties of Carnival season, leading up to Mardi Gras. If you want fewer crowds and lower prices, go from mid-April through mid-December.

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