Curacao is a long and generally flat island, stretching some 40 miles (64 km) from southeast to northwest. It’s about 10 miles (16 km) at the widest point, making it the largest island of the Dutch Caribbean group. It is a sister island to Aruba and is outside the hurricane belt, in the in the Dutch Antilles, making it a great choice for a Caribbean holiday. The coastline along the south is irregular and dotted with small coves, including the spectacular bays and beaches found at the west end of the island. The largest bays are situated along the east end of the island. The north coast is buffeted by the northeast trade winds, and as a result has a rougher coastline, with limestone cliff formations set on top of ancient volcanic rock. The west end of Curacao is also characterised by its hilly terrain, most of it part of Christoffel Park. The 4,500 acre park, in which you will find Mt. Christoffel, at 377 metres ( 1,239 feet) the highest point on Curacao.
Curacao holidays are for those who enjoy a relaxed laid back pace of life. Its an island of contrasts, that lives its own life, and isn’t to touristy. With over 40 sheltered beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, a ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture, Curaçao is one of the most exceptional islands in the Caribbean. It has a rich history dating back to the 16th century. The capital city of Willemstad, famous for its waterfront, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with fascinating old buildings and excellent museums. Curaçao’s natural beauty and its amazing diving and snorkeling sites make it a favourite with divers and adventure seekers alike.
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