Destination spotlight: the island of Curacao

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Curacao Buildings

The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao is an island like no other. This secluded paradise, located in the southern Caribbean and just north of Venezuela, is part of a chain known as the ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) islands. Curacao represents more than 50 nationalities and has both African and European heritages. Official languages include English, Spanish, Dutch, and Papiamentu—a local Creole dialect.

It’s this fusion of cultures that makes Curacao stand apart from its neighboring islands. Or maybe it’s the vibrant pastel buildings that line the charming streets throughout the historic capital of Willemstad. Or maybe it’s the unique landscaping or the world-renowned diving. There’s no denying that there’s just something about Curacao that attracts visitors and makes people return for more year after year.

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Beaches galore

The island of Curacao boasts of more than 30 beaches, most of which can be found on the southern coast. Some of Curacao’s finest beaches include Mambo Beach, Knip Bay, and Playa Lagun. But what draws in a lot of beachgoers isn’t always what’s offered above water—but below. With over 65 individual dive sites located off the coast of Curacao, it’s an underwater adventurer’s delight—from beginning snorkelers to advanced divers.

Crepes in Curacao

The food

Because of the influence from so many different cultures, Curacao is a foodie’s paradise. Everything from scrumptious Dutch cheeses to seafood-stuffed crepes can be found throughout the island. In addition to fine dining, you can eat like a local or just take a browse through Curacao’s New Market, Old Market, and the Floating Market, all of which offer an abundance of fresh produce, fish, and other island specialties and treats.

Blue Curacao Liquor

The nightlife

The beautiful Caribbean Sea isn’t the only turquoise liquid that visitors love about Curacao. This is the place where Blue Curacao liquor is made, so you can tour the Curacao Liqueur Distillery during the day and indulge in some of the island’s finest by night. And if turning in early isn’t an option, venture out to one of the many clubs, bars, and casinos located on the island.

Floating Market Curacao

Shopping

Visit the Punda shopping district for duty-free diamonds and jewels, in addition to other fine goods, such as watches, Italian silk, and leather items. Curacao’s outdoor markets also offer the opportunity for visitors to purchase unique island souvenirs and locally made arts and crafts.

Mambo Beach Curacao

Getting to Curacao

There is one airport in Curacao, which is the Halo International Airport (CUR), located in the island’s capital of Willemstad. Curacao is a short plane ride away from the United States, but the journey there is a bit longer than to most Caribbean islands. Make your trip an enjoyable one by chartering a plane through Luxury Aircraft Solutions. Not only can you fly directly to Curacao through one of our charter planes, but if you’re located in a remote area, you can also charter a flight to the nearest international airport if you’re catching a commercial flight to Curacao. For more information on chartering a flight to Curacao, contact us today.