Location: In the southern part of the Caribbean Sea, in close proximity to the Venezuelan coast. Part of the "ABC" islands in the Netherlands Antilles.
Climate and temperature: It is always summer in Curacao. The year's average temperature is about 27°C/80°F. The wet season is from November to January with daily
showers. There are neither hurricanes nor earthquakes in Curacao.
Area: 172 sq mi, length: 40 mi, width: 10 mi.
Population: 150.000, from more than 50 nations
Flight time: From New York approx. 5 hours. The Curacao International Airport is located 7,5 mi from Willemstad.
Languages: Papiamentu, Dutch, Spanish, and English.
History: Discovery by the Spanish. Dutch sovereign territory since 1634. Autonomous since 1954. Independent since 2010. First settlers: Arawak people. Abolition
of slavery: 1863.
Economy: Tourism, oil refinery, and offshore banking.
Time zone: Atlantic Standard Time (UTC -4)
Electricity: The supply voltage on the island is 110-130 V (50 Hz). Some hotels/apartments offer 220 V power plugs.
Religion: Catholic (80%), other religions: Jewish, Protestant, and Muslim.
Currency: Netherlands Antillean guilder or Florin (Naf or ANG). Exchange rate: 1 US$ = 1,77 Naf. All common credit cards or electronic cash cards, Maestro etc.
are accepted. In most of the stores you can also pay with dollars.
Drinking-water: The desalination plant supplies excellent drinking-water.
Crime rate: Compared to other Caribbean travel destinations, Curacao is quite safe. You can move around freely in the streets.
Medical care: The medical care is comparable to European standards.