Discovered in 1499 by a lieutenant of Christopher Columbus, Curacao was declared useless because there was no gold. Today, its priceless treasures are clear to all - warm and calm waters, and idyllic climate, a romantic landscape, and beautiful beaches.
A varied heritage gives Curacao a dual flavor of Caribbean zest mixed with European style. It's 19th-century plantations are now inns, museums, and restaurants. Miles of golden beaches are lined with palm trees. The Dutch ambience of the capital Willemstad mixes with the sounds of soca, meringue, and tambu music. Cultural events turn the quiet streets into carnivals.
On this festive island, storybook towns evoke the scenery of Holland. In Willemstad, duty-free shops feature wares from around the world, and a floating market bustles with activity as merchants sell exotic produce from nearby Venezuela.
Seaside hotels boast the island's best beaches and host water sports of every kind. Visitors can take a sunset sail, try their skill at windsurfing, and explore 12 miles of aquatic scenery at the Underwater Park.
Blessed with abundant sunshine, Curacao is a wonderful place to commune with the sun and the sea.
Carnival - Curacao's electrifying carnival is held in January, when costumed parades and parties bring the streets to life. The greatest festivities are held on the weekend before Ash Wednesday.
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino - This Piscadera Bay oasis is on a private beach across from the International Trade Center. Play water sports, rest under thatched shades, work out in the health club, and socialize at the casino and nightclub. Large rooms in Dutch-colonial-style buildings have balconies and contemporary tropical decor. All-inclusive option available.
Floris Suite Hotel - Holland's top designer created this stunning resort combining Dutch Colonial style with Caribbean flair. Suites sport neo-colonial furniture, stone tile floors, and solid mahogany doors. Play at water sports, relax in the sun, and hang out at Hook's Hut, a restaurant and bar hosting live entertainment on the private beach.
Hilton Curacao - Set on 23 peninsular acres, this resort is graced with panoramic sea views, cactus gardens, and endless sea breezes. Families and couples come for the 2 private beaches, the spa, reef snorkeling, lagoon-style pool, Kidz Club, mini-golf, and more. The on-site battlements of Fort Piscadera Bay add historic intrigue to your visit.
All-inclusive option available.
Breezes Curacao Resort Spa & Casino - Super inclusive - This divers' haven neighbors the Undersea National Park and the Sea Aquarium. Its fabulous on-site casino appeals to couples and singles, and Camp Breezes attracts families. Active and exciting, peaceful and relaxing, this multi-faceted resort on a 1,500-foot private beach wraps everything into one upfront price - no tipping allowed!
The Sea Aquarium Resort - This resort shares a private island with Curacao's #1 attraction, the Sea Aquarium & Dolphin Academy, where guests receive unlimited free admission. The property fronts a fine private beach and features deluxe suites and villas. On site are 3 outdoor pools, treasure hunts, arts & crafts, local history lessons, and more.