Curacao is an island in the Southern Caribbean, located just 35 miles off the coast of South America. This beautiful and well-developed island is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The weather is perfect. It rains sometimes, but not too often. The temperature is 26 to 33 degrees Celsius, and there is a constant breeze. Because Curacao is located far south in the Caribbean, it is outside the hurricane belt. This ideal location and weather rates Curacao as one of the safest locations in the world.
The population of Curacao is just 150,000, and is considered a wonderful melting pot of cultures. People are friendly and most speak four languages: English, Dutch, Spanish and Papiamento (local dialect). The economy is more diverse than other Caribbean islands. Just like other islands tourism is an important source of income. The beauty of Curacao is that tourism is from all over the world: Europe (50%), North America (25%) and South America (25%). Besides tourism, other sectors that drive the economy are finance & banking, shopping & international trade, and oil refining.
Curacao has daily flights to North America (Miami, New York), Europe (Amsterdam), and many Caribbean and South American locations.
Life in Curacao
Curacao is a pleasant, safe place for students and teachers with families. They'll find all the expected conveniences of home in a small town atmosphere with big city benefits nearby. The native population is very child-oriented. Background of the population is 50% African American, 25% Latin American, 15% Caucasian, and 10% Rest of the World.
The tap water is pure and drinkable, and internationally rated among the best waters of the world. Food purchased at roadside snack bars ("Snacks"), the market, or anywhere else is safe to eat. Larger supermarkets are well stocked with familiar foods from the U.S., South America and Europe. Restaurants reflect the cultural diversity of the island.
There are many public and private schools located on the island. Public schools are free, and attendance is required. The educational system on Curacao is based on the Dutch system, and schools on the island meet the high standards applicable to institutions in the Netherlands. Most primary schools teach the first years in Papiamentu and switch to Dutch when children reach 5th grade, when they are approximately 8 years old.
The Curacao educational system includes schools for elementary, secondary, technical, higher and limited university education, as well as schools for vocational training, in Dutch. Those attending the University of Curacao (UoC) can pursue degrees in Technical Engineering, Business Administration and law.
Day care for babies and toddlers, after school care, clubs and courses are available for all ages. There are many courses available, such as language courses, technical training, and cookery classes.
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Festivals & Events
The Curacao Carnival held every year in February is a large attraction that draws tourists and visitors from all parts of the world. Carnival groups come up with unique and interesting themes, colorful costumes, and large floats that they display during the parade. The carnival is not government funded and groups have their own way of raising money. One of the main fund raisers every year are the so-called “Jump-Ups” that start in January. Bands on trucks playing carnival music followed by a dancing crowd move through the streets of the city and suburbs and party! One of the main events before the Parades take place is the Tumba Festival. The Tumba Festival is a four-day musical event where the best local composers, singers and bands from all over the island compete for the honor of having their piece selected as the year's official Carnival road march Tumba song.
The second most popular event on the island is the CURACAO NORTH SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL (CNSJF). This event takes place at the beginning of September every year, and attracts major international artists. For more information see,
Curaçao, as of 10-10-2010, is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Locals have Dutch nationality and carry European Union passports. The form of government is a parliamentary democracy, based on underlying premises such as freedom of association, the right to form political parties, freedom of the press, and freedom of speech.
The Central Government’s jurisdiction covers mostly state affairs (legislation) and includes police, communications, taxation, public health, education, economic control, establishment of enterprises, labor legislation, money and banking.
Located in the tropics, just 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average temperature is about 27° C (in the mid-80s F). Cooling trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months. The rainy season, which is between October and February, is usually marked by short, occasional showers, mostly at night, and continued sunny weather during the day. Total annual rainfall averages only 570 mm (22 inches).
Curaçao currency is the Antillean guilder (also called the florin), which is abbreviated as Nafl but U.S. dollars circulate freely, so it is possible to get by using only American dollars or credit cards.
Euros are accepted at some hotels and restaurants, but unlike U.S. dollars, they do not circulate freely. Visit www.centralbank.an for more information on the current exchange rates.
Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere on the island. ATM machines can be found all over the island at major population centers and at the airport. To recognize an ATM machine, look for the signs “Bankomatiko” or “Geldautomaat.” Most ATMs offer the option to withdraw in local currency or US dollars.
Curaçao is one of the best and safest islands in the Caribbean according to Business Insider, a popular US-based magazine. This fact allows for a harmonious and peaceful living environment. This is thanks to the combined efforts of the Curaçao Police Department, Politur (branch of the police force dedicated to the protection of tourists), Curaçao Fire Department, and Curaçao’s Emergency Services. However, use common sense and take all standard safety precautions.
Not only is Curaçao water safe to drink, it is of the finest quality. Around 1890, American wind turbines were imported to Curaçao for irrigation of the land. In 1928, a seawater distillery for production of drinking water was put into production. This Curaçao distillery, now known as Aqualectra, produces water of excellent quality. It is soft, contains no chloride and little calcium, is tasteless and odorless, and has a good bacteriological composition.
Although both 110 and 220 electrical outlets can be found in Curaçao, 110 V is the most common throughout. Student from Europe will need an adapter plug for their round-pronged plugs. These can be found anywhere on the island, and most hotels keep them in stock and in the rooms as well. Only dual-voltage appliances from Europe can be used on the island.