Candy-colored colonial architecture, hidden coves along secluded beaches, and resplendent coral reefs teeming with tropical sea life make up the magical Dutch Caribbean isle of Curaçao. Its capital city, Willemstad, is a stunning example of community spirit and architectural restoration. The town worked to achieve a UNESCO World Heritage status for its 750 restored buildings and includes the 17th-century Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and a remarkable floating bridge.
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The Sandals Royal Curacao is located on the lush 3,000-acre Santa Barbara Plantation. Sandals’ newest resort features 350 rooms and suites, 10 bars, 12 dining options, 2 marinas, a golf course and a 2-level infinity pool.
The island has a long and colorful history dating back to the migration of the Arawaks. Eventually, the island became a kingdom of the Netherlands and part of the remarkable ABC islands including Aruba and Bonaire, just north of Falcón State in Venezuela.
Walk across the floating Queen Emma Bridge that sways with the ocean.
Explore the water spouts of Shete Boka Park and underground caverns along Curaçao's rocky northern coastline. View the stalactites and stalagmites of the island’s renowned Hato Caves.
Snorkel in sparkling Playa Lagun’s clear turquoise waters along northwest Curaçao.
Visit an Ostrich Farm in Curaçao’s African-style zoo.
Swim with friendly bottlenose dolphins in a saltwater lagoon and open ocean at the Dolphin Academy. Snorkel amidst tugboat wrecks and colorful sea creatures during an island tour.
The weather on Curaçao is consistently warm and sunny, with an average high around 82 F and low humidity. The most rainfall occurs during November and December, and the water is clearest and most diving-friendly from September through December. February’s Carnival is a great time to visit, although prices are higher during this festive season.