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Tropical Beauty and Rich History

Distinctly Dutch and decidedly Caribbean, the little island of Curacao is set with stunning tropical beauty and boasts rich historical scenery. Venture into the western side of the island to explore a verdant landscape or climb to the peak of Mount Christoffel, Curacao’s highest point. Those in search of tamer adventures will enjoy walking the streets of Willemstad. Charming Dutch buildings give this city a romantic, colonial flair, and bright West Indian colors blend the Caribbean spirit into every street. Scuba divers flock to the shores of Curacao for underwater wonders such as the Curacao Wall and the Mushroom Forest. More importantly, travelers with every vacation agenda find a haven among the numerous resorts that rest on the white shores of Curacao.

Willemstad

Standing as the premier port in Curacao and one of the most romantic cities in the Caribbean, Willemstad is a colorful city that is typified by elegant Dutch architecture and endless cultural endeavors. Art lovers will delight in the numerous museums that hold impressive collections of local and international works. Along the water’s edge you’ll find quaint, open-air cafes and fine restaurants with flavors from around the globe. Explore antiquated structures from the 17th century, or browse the duty free shops that hold exceptional merchandise from the Caribbean and beyond. With so much personality and so much to do, it’s no wonder Willemstad is the most photographed cityscapes in the Caribbean.

Ocean Exploration and Island Adventure

Ocean lovers will discover a fascinating world of sunken ships and elaborate coral reefs within the warm, clear water off Curacao’s shore. See the famous sunken tugboat that sits upright on the ocean’s floor. Or join other divers during the Curacao Dive Festival, where each of Curacao’s 60 underwater sites are celebrated and explored. Back on the island you’ll find thrilling land activities, flourishing national parks and various resort recreations. Take a safari through Curacao’s tropical growth, or climb to the summit of Mount Christoffel.

Weddings and Romance

Curacao’s breathtaking white sands and elegant, colonial charm make it a haven for couples seeking a romantic destination in the Caribbean. The island’s bustling maritime activities allow for private charters to secluded coves and blissful sunset cruises. Say “I do” on a crystalline beach, or find an 18th century cathedral to exchange vows. The blend of historic wonder and natural beauty make Curacao a coveted destination for those in search of an unforgettable romantic getaway.

Everything Caribbean

Trimmed with white sand beaches and dressed in a flourishing tropical ecology, the island of Curacao captures all the splendor of a Caribbean vacation. The island’s stately architecture boasts a charming Dutch flair, and numerous shops and restaurants provide an endless selection of modern pleasures. Along the shores of Curacao you’ll find an array of boutique and elaborate resorts that are filled with every amenity desired. Curacao truly lives up to it’s slogan…“real. different.”



Destination information is subject to change without prior notice.  Travelers are advised to use extreme caution and common sense when venturing out in any foreign destination. While luxury beach destinations can be quite alluring, remember to keep your guard up when approached by locals in any foreign area. We advise guests to attend the resort orientation upon arrival(if provided) and conduct plenty of research prior to arriving at your destination. The information provided on this site is not comprehensive and we advise travelers to utilize the official tourist board site for each resort area, the CDC, travel.state.gov and other official sources for up to date destination information.

Getting There

Entry Requirements

All travelers between the U.S. and the Caribbean are required to carry passports beginning January 23, 2007 as mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. We encourage you to begin the passport application process as soon as possible to avoid delays. Please allow a minimum of ten weeks between the submission of your applications and your receipt of passport. Visas are not required. Expediting of the passport is recommended.

Foreign residents of the United States and all other foreign visitors not holding a US Passport must contact the appropriate government authorities to determine the entry and visa requirements.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required unless arriving from, or traveling through, a country with a formally declared health epidemic. Consult with your doctor for final recommendations and current health requirements in Barbados. Please consult the cdc.gov for the lastest health information.

Departure Tax

There is a $22.00 departure tax per person for international flights.

What to Wear

Shorts and light shirts are best suited for the tropical year-round weather. Some restaurants may require jackets for men and dresses for ladies.

Currency

The standard currency in Curacao is the Netherlands Antillean guilder (abbreviated as Nafl. or Ang.) It is also common for U.S. dollars to circulate freely. Major credit cards are accepted at most vendors.

Driving

All driving is on the right-hand side of the road in Curacao, and common driving procedures are in place.

Electricity

The electrical current in Curacao is at 127/120 VAC at 50 cycles. Most appliances made in the U.S. will work, except those with internal time mechanisms.

Water

The water on Curacao is safe to drink, bathe in and brush with.

Airports

The Curacao International Airport sends and receives flights from major airlines around the world.

Geography

Found on the southernmost region of the Caribbean, and the 3rd of Holland’s ABC islands, Curacao is a flourishing tropical island with a range of geographical features. Beginning with translucent waters and sugar soft sands, the beaches of Curacao are diamond whites and trimmed with swaying palms. Further into the interior you’ll find a dry, yet still tropical arrangement of growth. On the western end lies a mountainous region that is crowned by the 1,239 foot peak of Mt. Christoffel.

Climate

Curacao is just 12 degrees north of the equator and stays in the mid 80’s year round. The annual rainfall averages to only 22 inches.

History

First inhabited by the Amerindian Arawaks, the island of Curacao wasn’t introduced to European influence until 1499, when Spanish lieutenant Alonso de Ojeda discovered the island. The island’s eventual abandonment by the Spanish left it open for Dutch rule. Following in the footsteps of most the Caribbean islands, Curacao eventually became a slave-driven economy, which led to its now eclectic ethnic background. In the early 1900’s oil was discovered on the island, which led to an economic boom and extended cultural attraction. In recent years, the natural beauty and deep history of the island have been the foundation for increased tourism.

Cultural Experience

With Curacao’s far reaching  background and multi-national influence, the culture of the island is truly a jubilee of the world’s cultures. Calypso tunes can be heard every evening, and don’t be surprised to see boisterous island carnivals. Many of the resorts feature nightly entertainment that displays the celebrant spirit of the Curacaoan people.

Time Zone

Curacao is on Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour later than U.S. Eastern Standard Time and four hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT –4).

Attractions

Beaches

Curacao is trimmed with a surreal collection of 35 white sand beaches that are sprinkled with swaying palms and blended into clear Caribbean water. Discover one of the island’s abandoned coves, or take a seaside nap under the lull of Caribbean trade winds. The beaches of Curacao have long been a source of family fun and romance for Caribbean travelers.

Dining

Found mostly in the resort restaurants that line the oceanfront, fresh seafood is the staple entrée in Curacao. The island’s European influence has created a unique culinary art form that blends local island spices with traditional Dutch techniques. Other flavors from destinations such as Italy, Japan, Mexico and more are also available within the resort’s eclectic dining facilities.

Excursions

The flourishing countryside, arid landscape and historic depth of Curacao provide exciting opportunities for adventure on the island. Jeep safaris venture deep into the different habitats of Curacao and present the enduring structures of old plantations and abandoned mills. Winding trails spread throughout the terrain and welcome avid hikers, horseback riders and extreme mountain bikers into spectacular backdrops. Most of Curacao is as untamed as when it was discovered, providing more than enough thrills for the willing traveler.

Sports and Recreations

Curacao’s translucent waters and rugged hills have naturally made it an oasis for island sports and activities. Mysterious vessels and bright coral invite scuba divers into an eclectic ocean world. Enormous catches and adventurous voyages are provided on Curacao’s deep-sea fishing charters. Manicured fairways balance on the coastline and offer golfers a collection of courses in paradise. No matter your tastes, the resources of Curacao will more than satisfy.

Nightlife

Nightlife on Curacao consists of a dazzling display of island culture, local performances and in-house shows. Live calypso can be heard as vibrant dresses, smiling faces and guests from around the globe join in Curacao’s jubilee. The boisterous carnival season is a celebration of diversity, and is one of the Caribbean’s most well-known affairs.

Weddings and Honeymoons

Romance abounds among the white shores and historic wonders of the island of Curacao. You’ll discover abandoned coves without a single footprint and ancient structures that whisper of the colonial era. Stroll the streets of Willemstad and sip fine wines at oceanfront venues. Savor French delicacies under a luminous sunset, or indulge in blissful spa treatments at your oceanfront resort. The variety of island pleasures and resort wedding packages in Curacao make it the ideal destination for your romantic endeavors.

Necessary Documents:

  • A written marriage petition needs to be sent to the town hall with the signatures of both partners and two wedding dates with times.
  • Birth Certificates with the name of the parents.
  • International declaration of single status by the civil registration of your hometown and an apostille/legalization.
  • If divorced or widowed, a copy of the divorce decree or death certificate as well as an apostille/ legalization of proof is required.
  • Documents must be no older than 6 months by the time of the wedding.
  • All documents need to be with your wedding planner at least 2 months before the wedding date.

Restrictions:

  • A 3 days wait from the time of arrival on Curacao to the time of the wedding is required.
  • Witnesses brought from outside Curacao must be 21 years old. Their full names, address and date of birth must also be registered. A copy of a valid passport and application for temporary residence are also required from the witness.

Fees:

  • Civil fees for marriage on Curacao are approximately $225 (U.S)

 



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