There’s an authenticity about Curacao that can be rare in the Caribbean. Though the island certainly caters to tourists with its phenomenal diving and great museums, the island is made up of a tight-knit, but welcoming community. Curacao has the highest member rate in the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, making it the largest in the Caribbean. From pride parades to the Carnival festival to the Rainbow Lounge, a gathering for LGBT travelers to network and share stories, Curacao is refreshingly real and accepting.
Same-sex marriage is not currently recognized under the law in Curacao. For information about symbolic ceremonies, check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for visitors entering Curacao. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
The official language of Curacao is Dutch, but Spanish and English are widely spoken.
The official currency of Curacao is the Netherlands Antillean guilder, but US dollars are commonly accepted.
Climate & Beaches
Curacao has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average temperature is around 85 degrees F. The rainy season, from October to February, is marked by short, occasionally showers (typically at night).
Almost all of Curacao’s beaches are scattered along its southwestern coast, with sugary white sand and gentle surf. Blue Bay Beach is a popular sports center for diving and kayaking and hosts a barbeque lunch on Sundays. Kenepa Beach in Willemstad has bright turquoise waters which are certainly memorable, while Playa Cas Abou is a popular and tourist-friendly beach.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Curacao has a number of worthy excursions for visitors. The Hato Caves have an elaborate network of stalactites and stalagmites with drawings dating back 1,500 years. The Christoffel National Park has lush gardens worth exploring via hiking and biking. If you’re an experienced diver, Mushroom Forest is a star coral underwater jungle. Willemstad, Curacao’s World Heritage city, has bright Dutch colonial buildings and a number of great shops, restaurants, and nightlife options. The island also hosts many festivals throughout the year, so be sure to check if your travels coincide with Jazz Fest or the ever-popular and LGBT-friendly Carnival.
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