Curacao is an island in the Caribbean which, along with Aruba and Bonaire, forms part of the ‘ABC’ Dutch Caribbean islands group. While most travellers experience Curacao as a brief stop on a Caribbean cruise, those who dig a little deeper will discover a vibrant cultural melting pot complete with Dutch colonial architecture and mouth-watering Creole cuisine. On the east side of the island you will find the bustling UNESCO heritage capital city of Willemstad adorned with pastel-coloured houses and cobblestone plazas brimming with wonderful shops, fascinating museums and charming little cafes. Travellers seeking less action and more tranquility can head to the west side with its rolling hills, picturesque plantation houses, secluded coves, and quaint old fishing villages. Whether you are after idyllic secluded beaches, a lively cultural scene, or some of the world’s best scuba diving, you are bound to find all you could wish for on this colourful Caribbean island paradise.
Hot throughout the year, but tempered by cooling trade winds though humidity is still around 75%. The main rainy season is from October to December. The annual mean temperature is 27.5°C (81.5°F) with rainfall is 515mm (20 inches). Curaçao lies outside the Caribbean 'hurricane belt'.