Situated just miles north of Venezuela, the tropical island of Curacao is a Caribbean paradise unlike any other. On the western side of the island, you'll find rolling hills and the tallest peak (Mount Christoffel). Towards the east, the terrain becomes flatter with attractions like Table Mountain.
Interestingly, there is not a single pond, lake or river with freshwater throughout the entire island. To see more of the map, widen your browser.
The southeastern part of the map, in and around the city of Willemstad, offers a variety interesting attractions for vacationers. Be sure to stop by Fort Amsterdam, which promises to transport visitors back in time with architecture dating back to the 1700s. The fort is located at the base of the Queen Emma Bridge, which connects the two sides of Willemstad. Situated on the opposite side of the bay from Fort Amsterdam, visitors can check out Rif Fort. This structure was once used to protect the island from invading pirates, and now stands as a renovated structure complete with live music, fine dining and charming shops.
Those interested in getting in touch with nature should consider the Curacao Underwater Marine Park, just southeast of Willemstad. This haven for snorkelers and divers boasts multiple shallow wrecks, as well as a beautiful combination of both hard and soft coral formations. The beaches surrounding Willemstad are also impressive, including Bapor Kibra and the Sea Aquarium Beach, which offers plentiful facilities like dive shops and eateries.
Over on the northwestern part of the map, in interior of the island, is located Christoffel National Park -- the home of Mount Christoffel, which rises 1,227 feet above sea level. Those keen on hiking should take a journey up to the peak of this little mountain, which offers stunning views and an unforgettable adventure. Also in the interior of the island, located east of the airport on the map, the Hato Caves provide a site of natural caverns adorned with stalactites and ancient petroglyphs. Head northeast of Willemstad, and you'll come across the Aloe Vera Plantation. Take a tour of his interesting facility that will give you insight to coveted plant that soothes the dreaded vacation sunburn.
The southwestern coastline around Willemstad is filled with various resorts and hotels, as well as plentiful attractions for vacationers. Home to historical forts, plentiful water sport rental shops and delicious restaurants, tourists will be able to find everything they need in the vicinity of Willemstad. This area is a great place to get a taste of Curacao's past while enjoying the newer additions of modern times. From Sint Michiel along the coast to Bapor Kibra, guests will find a bevy of lodging options.
Although noticeably more low-key than Willemstad, the area near Westpunt at the northern tip of the map is another place to consider when choosing where to stay. A number of resorts and rental properties are available for travelers who are looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of Willemstad in favor of a more rustic Curacao experience. Enjoy the pristine beaches, proximity to the Christoffel National Park and other attractions like the Lighthouse at Noordpunt.
Those planning to fly into Curacao will arrive at the Hato International Airport (CUR). Also referred to as the Curacao International Airport, this air travel hub in the town of Hato serves flights arriving from North America, South America, Europe and other destinations throughout the Caribbean.
The main port for cruise ship entry to the island is found at the Curacao Mega Pier on the western side of Willemstad. The Mega Pier caters mainly to larger vessels, and the nearby Curacao Cruise Terminal offers services for smaller ships. Both docks are located within easy walking distance of the famous Queen Emma Bridge.
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