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Curacao

Historians still contend over which European adventurer first spied the largest island in the former Netherlands Antilles. Some historians claim the honor for Alonzo de Ojeda; other historians champion Amerigo Vespucci. Little does it matter; today's travelers are content to bask beneath sunny skies cooled by the trade winds. Lying some 40 miles off Venezuela, Curaçao boasts a landscape that is dramatic, stark, and volcanic. In contrast, Willemstad, the capital, seems a cozy Dutch haven with its neat row houses. And while those gabled and tiled roofs illustrate the island's heritage, the bright, pastel houses speak pure Caribbean. Islanders themselves reflect this same colorful contrast: over 50 different nationalities have come to call Curaçao their home.

Points of Interest

  • Willemstad
  • Fort Amsterdam
  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
  • National Park
  • Hato Caves
  • Ostrich Farm
  • Snorkeling
  • Beaches

More about Curacao Points of Interest

  • Willemstad -

    This charming capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting a rich and diverse history and culture, its traditional Dutch architecture has been infused with the color and spirit of the Caribbean.

  • Fort Amsterdam -

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important of the island's eight forts, it is now home to the Governor's Palace, a 1769 Dutch Reformed Church, and a cannonball forever embedded in the southwest wall.

  • Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge -

    Constructed in 1888, and nicknamed the "Swinging Old Lady," this bridge swings open to allow ships to access the bay. Recently restored, it connects the Punda and Otrobanda districts.

  • National Park -

    Curaçao's parks are unforgettable, from the diverse flora and fauna of Christoffel National Park, to the caverns and majestic sea cliffs of Boka Tabla.

  • Hato Caves -

    Once a hiding place for escaped slaves, these historic caves formed out of limestone cliffs are still evolving. Tour the underground caverns and view massive stalactites and ancient cave drawings.

  • Ostrich Farm -

    Experience a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with these fascinating birds. A safari truck takes you through the corrals where you can touch and feed these feathered friends.

  • Snorkeling -

    Descend into the tranquil Caribbean waters of Caracas Bay where the nearly 50-year-old Sunken Tugboat, a popular underwater treasure, and a variety of unusual crustaceans and colorful fish await.

  • Beaches -

    Visit one of the many local beaches.

21 Excursions

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Best of Curacao: Hato Caves, Willemstad & Curacao Museum

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-100 C U R - 1 0 0

Moderate Activity

From $74.95

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Curacao Highlights & Beach Break

4 hours | Curacao | CUR-105 C U R - 1 0 5

Shopping Opportunities, Easy Activity

From $69.95

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National Park, Museum & Scenic Country Drive

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-110 C U R - 1 1 0

Easy Activity

From $64.95

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Hato Caves, Willemstad, Museum & Ship Lunch Break

7.25 hours | Curacao | CUR-115 C U R - 1 1 5

Moderate Activity

From $89.95

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Historical City, Hato Cave & Beach

4 hours | Curacao | CUR-135 C U R - 1 3 5

Moderate Activity

From $84.95

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Willemstad Trolley Train Historic Tour

1.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-150 C U R - 1 5 0

Easy Activity

From $44.95

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Local Connections: Ostrich Farm, Workshop & Scenic Drive with Local Artist

3 hours | Curacao | CUR-230 C U R - 2 3 0

Easy Activity

From $64.95

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A Taste of Curacao

3 hours | Curacao | CUR-255 C U R - 2 5 5

Moderate Activity

From $94.95

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Curacao Cocktails with Amazing Views

3 hours | Curacao | CUR-265 C U R - 2 6 5

Easy Activity

From $84.95

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Scenic Drive, Distillery & Aloe Vera Farm

2.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-270 C U R - 2 7 0

Moderate Activity

From $49.95

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Made in Curacao

3 hours | Curacao | CUR-275 C U R - 2 7 5

Moderate Activity

From $89.95

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West Side Scenic Drive & Beach Break

5 hours | Curacao | CUR-280 C U R - 2 8 0

Moderate Activity

From $59.95

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Curacao Beach Tropical Express

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-285 C U R - 2 8 5

Moderate Activity

From $74.95

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Hato Caves & Mambo Beach

4 hours | Curacao | CUR-290 C U R - 2 9 0

Moderate Activity

From $84.95

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Hato Caves & Willemstad Walking Tour

2.75 hours | Curacao | CUR-370 C U R - 3 7 0

Moderate Activity

From $64.95

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Capital Highlights by Electric Bike

1.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-450 C U R - 4 5 0

Strenuous Activity

From $59.95

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Seaworld Explorer Semi-Sub & Scenic Drive

2.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-655 C U R - 6 5 5

Easy Activity

From $69.95

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Dolphin Encounter

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-705 C U R - 7 0 5

Easy Activity

From $189.95

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Dolphin Swim

3.5 hours | Curacao | CUR-710 C U R - 7 1 0

Moderate Activity

From $324.95

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Sunken Tugboat & Underwater Marine Park Snorkel

4 hours | Curacao | CUR-820 C U R - 8 2 0

Moderate Activity, Includes snack

From $79.95

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Ultimate Island, Beach & Turtle Snorkel with Lunch

6 hours | Curacao | CUR-825 C U R - 8 2 5

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From $114.95

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