Splashing just north of the Venezuelan coast at the southwestern tail end of the Lesser Antilles, the island nation of Curaçao enjoys both the legendary Caribbean weather and special status as a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Besides being one of the most stunning tropical paradises in the world, it produces a widely coveted liquor made from citrus fruits found only here, also known as Curaçao. Expect to enjoy local cuisine such as the beef-mango stew known as stobá, cactus soup and culinary influences ranging from nearby Surinam to India and of course, Dutch cooking traditions.
At about 141 square miles, Curaçao has a healthy population of 160,000 that still maintains a fairly low population density. It’s a mecca for birders and hikers alike with the tallest point of Christoffelberg peaking at 1,230 feet, offering fantastic views of both land and sea. Its famous “Blue Edge” drop off gives SCUBA divers an amazing experience providing a sudden drop from shallow waters to fathoms thousands of feet deep. Key destinations on the island include the picturesque Handelskade district, the unique Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, lovely beaches like Cas Abao and Playa Lagoon, the surreal splendor of the Hato Caves and the natural beauty of Christoffel National Park.