Situated near Venezuela, Curacao is located in the south Caribbean. The entire collection of islands making up Curacao consists of one populated island and a smaller one named Klein Curacao where no one lives. Curacao is politically linked to the Netherlands and is part of the Netherlands Antilles located in the Caribbean. Willemstad is the islandís capital.
Of all the Lesser Antilles islands, more people live on Curacao. A little more than 140,000 people live on 171 square miles of landmass.
Similar to other islands in the region, Curacao is considered transcontinental since it is located near both South America and the West Indies. Curacao has similar land features and weather as the areas of Venezuela and Paraguay it is located near. However, the plant life on Curacao is unusual for an island located in the Caribbean. Scrublands and cacti are found throughout the island. Visitors to the island can explore a wildlife preserve, the Curacao Christoffelpark, and hike various trails on Curacao where they can observe flamingos feeding.
As with most Caribbean islands, Curacao is surrounded by coral reefs, making it an ideal location to scuba dive. Since the depth of the sea drops near the coast, prime diving locations can be found without chartering a ferry. However, diving enthusiasts should be cautious near the northern shores of the island because of tough currents and few beaches, but the southern shores of the island do not pose similar hazards. There are numerous areas to dock a boat on Curacao.
Since many tourists visit the island, non natural reefs have been constructed to protect the natural environment. However, even though many of these reefs are not natural, fish are beginning to inhabit these regions.
Curacao has a relatively dry climate, but there is a rainy season October through December. Curacao experiences warm temperatures year round, with average temperatures in the 80ís (Fahrenheit). Although Curacao is not located in the hurricane belt, there is always a possibility it can be struck by a hurricane.
There is a lot to see while visiting Curacao. The islandís famous attractions include the Sea Aquarium, a historic synagogue, and an annual Carnival celebration. Additionally, diving lovers will want to be on the island during the annual diving festival held in the spring time.
While those who love relaxing on the beach will find an assortment of fine beaches on the western side of the island.
After relaxing on one of Curacaoís beautiful beaches, tourists can spend some time exploring Christoffel Park. The park is full of exotic Caribbean plants and breathtaking vistas.
Jazz music lovers can attend an annual festival or relax to jazz while enjoying a meal at a famous restaurant on Curacao. Moreover, there is also an annual food and kite festival held on the island.