|Top holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£357|
|Family holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£322|
|Romantic holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£369|
|Luxury holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£422|
|Budget holiday (Flight+Hotel)||£243|
Curaçao, a southern Caribbean island with distinctive Dutch architecture, is located just off of the coast of Venezuela and was once colonised by the Netherlands. For a small island with just 140,000 inhabitants, it boasts great diversity, with people from several ethnic backgrounds calling Curaçao their home.
The best time of year to travel to Curaçao is between December and April for warm, pleasant weather. As with all of the Caribbean islands, it is a warm destination all year round, but the summers can experience intense heat (up to 38°C). January to June are the best months to avoid tropical rains, with May-June being the warmest. Getting to Curaçao is simple: one can fly to Amsterdam and change there for a direct flight to the island. Buses and taxis offer the best transport on Curaçao holidays. The time zone in Curaçao is GMT -4.
Curaçao's architecture is a unique mixture between New and Old World; European Baroque style buildings are painted with bright Caribbean colours. The island's capital, Willemstad, contains many examples of Dutch architecture, including the Queen Emma and Queen Juliana bridges. For beach lovers and snorklers, there are many idyllic coastal spots to spend a day relaxing or swimming with the tropical fish, such as Kenepa Beach, Playa Cas Abou and Playa Porto Marie. Here travellers can enjoy the typical laid-back Caribbean island atmosphere, with turquoise sea and white, powdery sand.
These is plenty to see and do on Curaçao, such as at the Curaçao Underwater Marine Park, the Dolphin Academy where you can swim with these intelligent and graceful creatures. One can also take a stroll around Punda in Willemstad, with its floating market and shops. There are also several interesting museums on Curaçao, such as the Kura Hulanda museum, which documents the African roots of the island, and the Maritime Museum.