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Tumba Festival 2016

Tumba Festival 2016

  Are you ready for the biggest festival of all times? Tumba Festival is one of the biggest Carnivals from the Caribbean. During this, many artists compete in order to win the title of Tumba King/Queen that will make their song the anthem of this year’s Carnival. The Tumba Festival is one of the largest and long lasting festivals from the Caribbean. Its beautiful parades, costumes and characters will give you an extraordinary visitor experience. Is one of the best times to visit the island and see Curacao in its entire beauty. Bon...

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Curacao’s culture and history

Curacao’s culture and history

Part of the ABC islands, Curacao is, in fact the biggest one of the group, measuring 10 miles at its widest point (16 km) and 40 miles (64 km) in its longest. The island of Curacao was first discovered by Europeans in 1499. The person who discovered it was Alonso de Ojmeda, one of Columbus’ lieutenants. The Spanish have settled on the island and stood there until 1634, when the Dutch East India Company seized the island. In order to assure the labor for the island’ s agriculture, thousands of slaves were imported. Things went well until 1863 when the abolition of slavery imposed a long period of economic decline that was overcome 53 years later, in 1916 when an oil refinery was opened. Since then, Curacao began to prosper and succeeded in being the most prosperous island of the Netherlands Antilles. On 10 October 2010 the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved and Curacao became a constituent state within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The island’s official language is Dutch,...

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Curiosities of Curacao

Curiosities of Curacao

  The island of Curacao is situated in the southern Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast, that forms part of the Dutch Caribbean. At first sight, Curacao might seem to you a typical tropical island, with many beaches, endless sun, palm trees and so on. But I assure you that this island is not only about the sun and palm trees. You will find here places that will simply amaze you. From the well-known beaches to even scary caves, let’s take a look at a list of places that you will love to discover on Curacao: Restaurants Are you a food lover? Perfect! Then you will feel just as home here because the island has a lot of restaurants with various cuisines. No matter how extravagant your tastes might be, Curacao has at least one food that you will find interesting. Klein Curacao Also known as little Curacao, the little island is a 1.7 square kilometers uninhabited island southeast of Curacao and it’s a beautiful diving spot. Caves Of course, caves could...

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Things to see in Curacao: Hato Caves

Things to see in Curacao: Hato Caves

  Located on the northern side of Curacao, on the Roosevelt Weg, these beautiful caves are only 2 minutes away from the Curacao International Airport. They are 200.000 years old and the biggest caves on the island ( 240 meters) that were opened to the public in 1991. In order to be accessible by foot, these caves went under a massive upgrade that was made by the Government which made a great job because now the caves are considered the most beautiful and friendly caves on the island. The island of Curacao is made from layers that are going up in height. These layers are called terraces and while all the caves on the island are situated in the second terrace, the hato caves are the only caves from the island situated on the third terrace. Getting to the caves requires a 49 step stairs climbing. Occasionally, you might find bats in the caves, a thing that might not be liked by some. Visiting these terraces will be a...

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Things to see in Curacao: Christoffel Park

Things to see in Curacao: Christoffel Park

Located in Bandabou, the Cristoffel Park is the biggest park of Curacao that is well known for its flora and fauna, but also for the culture and history behind it. The park can be explored with the bike, car, riding a horse or on foot and is a protected nature area that includes three former plantations, Plantage Savonet, Plantage Zorgvlied and Plantage Zevenbergen. Also, the highest point on Curacao is located here. Christoffel Mountain has about 1,239 feet (378 m) and represents a major attraction on the island. You will find in Christoffel Park more biodiversity than anywhere on the island. Its flora includes three cactus species that can reach up to ten meters high ( datu, kadushi, and kadushi di pushi ) divi-divi trees as well as exotic flowers. You will also find some extremely rare orchids ( lady of the night and Humboldt’s schomburgkia) Christoffel Park is also known for its fauna and includes mammals like the white-tailed deer, the cottontail, and several species of bats ....

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Ways to get on Curacao

Ways to get on Curacao

  Being an island, there are two ways to get to Curacao: by plane or via a ship. Most travelers arrive on Curacao by plane. That doesn’t mean that cruise ships aren’t a viable option. There are numerous natural ports on Curacao. However, cruise ships arrive in the Port of Willemstad. Ships too large to enter the St. Anna Bay dock at the Mega Pier. At this pier, ships of any size can be accommodated. Smaller sized ships enter through the St. Anna Bay and dock at the Curacao Cruise Ship Terminal. In order to do so the Queen Emma Bridge has to be swung opened. The pontoon bridge is known as the Swinging Old Lady. Both of these docking areas are on the Otrobanda side of Willemstad. There are plans to build a new pier on the Punda side of Downtown Willemstad. The Curacao International Airport is located on the north coast of Curaçao, not far from downtown Willemstad. The airport has the longest commercial runway in the...

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