12/13/15

Curacao

Continuing my feature of Caribbean Islands. In this post I am featuring one of the ABC islands of the Netherlands and sister island to Aruba known as Curaçao.

CURACAO
Curaçao (/ˈkʊrəsaʊ/ kur-ə-sow or /ˈkjʊərəsaʊ/ kewr-ə-sow) Dutch - is an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea, approximately 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast and is a constituent of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It has a population of over 150,000 about 171 sq miles and its capital is Willemstad. This is the largest island of the Dutch caribbean islands. It is long and flat and sits below the hurricane belt.
Curaçao has hidden beaches along a lush coast. It’s a wild mix of urban madness, remote vistas and a lust for life. It has a rich history dating back to the 16th century. Central Willemstad boasts fascinating old buildings and excellent
museums. Remnants of plantations dot the countryside – some are now parks. The west coast has oodles of beautiful little beaches, good for diving, snorkeling or just lazing..
This island has a surging economy beyond tourism, which means that it's capital Willemstad, apart from its historical core, has factories, many humdrum neighborhoods and at times bad traffic. I have visited this island twice and if I could afford it, would go often. The shopping is not duty-free, but is "duty-relaxed", meaning the shopkeepers pay low duty. And since there is a low sales tax on Curacao, caribbean street traders (higglers) go there to purchase goods for resale in other islands, because many do not need a Visa to visit.  Is Curaçao your Island in the Sun?
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