C UR A Ç A O
Curaçao’s picturesque capital, Willemstad, is built around a well-formed natural harbor and glows in soft pastel shades, like a cityscape painted by one of the Dutch Masters. The Dutch influence pervades the port, with its still-standing manor houses, neatly kept streets and delicious varieties of cheese and chocolate — not to mention the port’s namesake liqueur, Curaçao, made from the bitter oranges that grow in abundance. FAST FACTS CLIMATE The average temperature of 81°F is assuaged by eastern trade winds. The annual rainfall averages only 22 inches. LANGUAGE Dutch is the official language, but the vernacular is Papiamento, a mix of Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and English with Caribbean and Indian dialects. Many people here speak some English.
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LOCATION Curaçao lies about 35 miles north of Venezuela and 42 miles east of Aruba. MONEY The official currency is the Netherlands Antillean guilder. U.S. dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted. POPULATION Approximately 142,000 Willemstad’s waterfront is lined with colorful buildings as pretty as dollhouses. FUN ASHORE CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES
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