Curacao is a small island in the southern Caribbean just north of Venezuela. It is near Aruba and Bonaire. The island trio is often referred to as the ABC island, where A = Aruba, B = Bonaire and C = Curacao. As the islands are so far south, they are generally considered to be outside the hurricane belt. As such, they are also frequented in the autumn months. This is in contrast to other Caribbean holiday destinations, which are sometimes avoided due to the hurricane season. The end of summer at the beginning of winter is generally considered to be the time when most hurricanes occur. In this article, we will detail the history of Curacao and some of the unique attractions it has to offer.
The History of Curacao begins with the Arawaks Indians. About 6000 years ago the Arawaks emigrated from South America before settling on various islands and landed on Curacao were the Caiquetios gave the island its name.
During the colonial period, Curaçao was one of the most valuable outposts in the West Indies of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Fort Amsterdam is the island's main protection structure. The Dutch built several smaller fortresses to protect parts of the capital. Despite constant attacks by pirate ships and rival British and French forces, this fortress complex has been able to protect the Dutch colony for almost 400 years. Presently there are about eight forts and has been used in modern Curacao.
Curacao is the perfect holiday destination for those who love the breathtaking views. It is a unique getaway in the Caribbean.
Curaçao developed under the sea of lava rocks millions of years ago. The coral has evolved on this rock for centuries and the reefs have surrounded the island and it is attached like a narrow ridge to the coast. In some parts of the region, they look like beautiful gardens with many colorful tropical fish. This is the main reason diving is one of the most popular sports on Curacao. There are more than 60 dive sites in Curacao and 44 of them are equipped with chains. Discovering the shallow reefs would be an unforgettable experience. When divers penetrate the depths, the most impressive natural sites are visible. Diving in Curaçao is unique because the island is unique, a rainbow of marine life is native and the density of marine life associated with the diversity of the island makes Curacao a popular tourist destination. Tourists. Diving.
This is one of the 10 best places in Curaçao for diving and snorkeling. Even if you prefer to stay dry, it is a very popular spot for sunbathers. There are no amenities on the beach. However, as divers climb the stairs, they will find the resort for lunch and a drink. Divers often meet other divers, either underwater or on the beach. The visibility is on average 30 meters and the distance to the shore and the depth drop to 18 meters.
It is also one of the most popular sites on the island, with two parallel reefs hosting a wide variety of reefs. This site is home to fish species that are rare on other sides of the island. On this site you will find a snack bar, a cloakroom with toilets and showers and water tanks to clean your equipment. The life on the reef is very colorful in the valley: corner fish, parrot fish, grouper, cornet and sea turtles, just to name a few.
Christoffel Park is one of the highest tourist attraction on the island, it harbors dozens of tree and plant species which includes an orchid forest, birds, lizards and marine animals.
Located in the picturesque district of Scharloo, the Maritime Museum traces the history of the island since the arrival of the first inhabitants in 600 BC. Visitors can understand the economic and cultural development of Curacao. In addition to antiques, artifacts and historical maps, you can also watch a series of video presentations with verbal reports from some of the island's most colorful personalities.
The scenery here is absolutely breathtaking, so worth a visit, but do not forget to go along with picnic and plenty of fresh water as there are no facilities here. When you arrive at the entrance, you should blow the horn and meet a representative. You will see flower corals, giant brain corals, anemones, turtles, yellowtail snapper and parrotfish.
This is the largest aquarium in the Caribbean. Here you can swim with dolphins and stingrays and see sharks, sea lions, turtles and more.
The aloe vera farm also offers a short but interesting tour. There you will see a row of different aloe vera plants. There is a shop on site where you can buy aloe vera items. The items here are 90% pure aloe. You can buy a variety of products here, from the juice to the pleasant taste to the gels and so on.
This is located next to Aloe Vera Farm. A large World War II vehicle has been fitted with benches for guests. The vehicle will take you around the yard, where you will learn facts about the bouquet. There are a few stops on the tour. On the one hand, visitors can actually feed the ostrich. With a large bowl of ostrich food in hand, everyone turns around and several long necks of ostriches expand and peck everything they can into the food bowl. The second part, you leave the vehicle again to find out more about the baby ostrich and the eggs. There is also a gift shop and a restaurant on site. The restaurant serves ostrich meat on request.
Finally, the tropical climate in Curaçao is very pleasant, especially if you like to be on the beach or participate in sports or leisure activities. The diseases that occur in other tropical regions are very rare on Curacao, so you can enjoy your holiday without worries.
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