20 May, 2009

Curacao – The Jewel of the Caribbean Sea


Exquisite beaches, numerous activities and spectacular architecture is to be expected if you decide to travel to Curacao, the island of the Caribbean sea known all over the world due to its exotic ambience and beauty. It is one of the five islands that compound the Netherlands Antilles and belongs to the Dutch Kingdom.

The capital city Willemstad was founded in mid 1600s and is considered to be one of the most diverse capitals in the world. The Dutch influences are more than obvious in this city, as the striking architecture and the cultural activities and events remind everyone that Curacao is a patchwork of civilizations and cultures. Especially when it comes to the architectural design and style of the capital city, many people think that it reminds them of Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, mostly due to the distinctive colonial buildings.

The island features a rather dry and breezy climate which is pleasant all year long. This is why in every house you can see balconies, porches and verandas which allow the guests and residents to enjoy the lovely weather of the island.

The origin of the name Curacao is not yet determined. There are numerous explanations about it. One is that it comes from the Portuguese word that stands for ‘heart’, since the shape of the island reminds of a heart; however, it seems that the prevailing explanation refers to the name of the natives of the island that used to call themselves Indios Curacaos. The languages spoken in the island are Dutch, English and Spanish, as well as a native language called Papiamentu.

Curacao is one of the major tourist destinations in the Atlantic Ocean and one of the top choices for people from all over the world. If you look at a travel guide about the Caribbean Islands, you will be amazed by the popularity of this little island.



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