Curacao is an island located just off the Venezuelan coast in the Southern Caribbean. It is part of the group of islands known as the Netherlands Antilles, as is sister island Bonaire, just 40 miles away. Also nearby is Aruba. In fact, the three islands together are known as the “ABC Islands” of the Lesser Antilles. Of the three, Curacao is the largest and most populous.
Curacao offers over 60 dive sites, most of them accessible from shore. The island is bordered by 80 miles of pristine coral reef, which drops off steeply within a few hundred feet of shore. There’s a little something for everyone here…reef dives, wall dives, cave dives, even wreck dives. Snorkelers too will enjoy easy access to many stunning sites. Expect an abundance of hard corals, gorgonians, sponges, seahorses, eels, sea turtles, dolphins, and an amazing variety of tropical fish. Because the Southern Caribbean enjoys an arid climate with little rainfall, water temperatures range from 78-84 degrees and visibility usually ranges from 100-150 ft!
Curacao is culturally and historically rich. From its Dutch Colonial architecture with a Caribbean flair, to its popular yearly Carnival, it offers a delightful mix of Old World charm and contemporary culture. Take a little time to experience the lively city of Willemstad. It’ll be a great way to round out your vacation.