Holidays to Curacao
Why not spend your summer holidays on Curaçao? This leeward island is famous for its beautiful beaches, tropical climate and easy-going lifestyle. Visit the colourful capital, work on your tan and take in the island’s historic colonial heritage.
Curaçao fell into the hands of the Dutch West India Company in the 17th century after more than 100 years of Spanish rule. Thanks to its strategic location, it quickly grew into an important trade centre. The island maintained its ties with the Netherlands over the centuries and became an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands in 2010.
Dutch, Papiamentu and English are spoken on the island. The capital of Curaçao, Willemstad, is an absolute must. Take in the colourful buildings on the Handelskade and admire Queen Emma Bridge, the only pontoon bridge in the world. Cross the bridge into Otrobanda for some great shopping, and while you're at Sint Anna Bay take a look around Fort Amsterdam which was built around 1635.
In the northern part of the island, the Hato Caves with century-old drawings, underground lakes and beautiful rock formations are a must especially for nature lovers.
The island is easy to explore by bus or taxi. You can of course rent a car at the airport but book it in advance to save you standing in the long queue. Parking is often free in the small seaside towns but it isn't in Willemstad although the fees are generally quite low.
You can fly to Curaçao via Florida or Amsterdam. The flight time is about 14 hours. The time difference between the UK and Curaçao is 4 hours in summer and 5 hours in winter. There is no daylight savings time in Curaçao.
The island’s tropical climate makes it a great destination for a summer holiday at any time of the year. The temperature never falls below 20°C even in the coldest months!