Have you ever fantasized about hitting the airport and landing on one of the Caribbean islands? Well, since we know that most of you have, we decided to talk about the island of Curaçao today and its wonders. Inhabited by just over 160,000 people and stretching upon an area of exactly 444 square kilometres (an extra reason to visit it for mathematicians), it is part of Dutch Caribbean region and of the Lesser Antilles. So, without further ado, let us investigate this wonderful tropical paradise together!
Though located in a zone that most people tend to be afraid of, Curaçao is a safe country. Of course, like anywhere else in the world, you may very rarely run into the occasional petty thief or mugger but violent crime is virtually unheard of. Take the necessary precautions that you would normally take in your home town and all will be well. People generally feel safe there and even the more secluded areas are free from the unwanted sort. Enjoy your stay without unnecessary headaches.
As we have always said: getting down the tipping etiquette is half the success in a foreign land. Restaurants in Curaçao usually charge an extra 10-12% service fee and this should technically be the tip itself. However, leaving an extra 5% is the most recommended thing to do as it is always accepted, regardless of the aforementioned fee. This indicates that the locals may not seem like they are expecting it, but they most indubitably love it. It is by no means anti-cultural and for this particular reason, it pertains to the “polite” side of things. A little generosity goes a long way in Curaçao as the locals themselves go out of their way to help foreigners out as best as they can.
3. Language barriers:
Since there are more than 65 nationalities living on the island of Curaçao, it was more than fitting that most of the locals should speak multiple languages. This means that the country itself is a melting pot of cultures and, of course, of languages. The most widely-spoken ones, however, are: Dutch, Papiamentu, English, Spanish, and Portuguese. The first three are even recognised as official languages. So, the best thing that one can do is try one of those; but even if you speak none of them, you are bound to get your meaning across – remember, these people are beyond understanding and polite. So, the bottom line is the following: no deal-breaking language barriers here (triple wink)!
4. Internet heaven:
If you are a social media lover, you are bound to enjoy Curaçao as it has free Wi-Fi all over the place. And guess what? Even the speed is decent, considering that it is an island in the Caribbean. Now you can pop those tropical selfies and show them to your friends in a matter of minutes without too much of a hassle.
5. Drink and eat:
Well, this is the cherry on the cake for sure: the food on the island of Curaçao is brilliant. Besides the traditional Dutch dishes that you can find in Amsterdam as well, you are bound to come across some mouth-lubricating tropical assortments if you hit the restaurants. If you’ve never tasted seafood in your life, then this is where you should start as it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “But what to drink?” you may ask. Well, first of all, we recommend that you buy an authentic bottle Blue Curaçao (you can only find genuine ones on the island – anywhere else in the world you’ll be ripped off with copies) and secondly, water. You gaped, didn’t you? Well, the water in Curaçao is interesting because it is directly distilled from sea-water. That in and of itself makes it a must-drink (wink)!
Did you enjoy our list? What experiences have you had on the island of Curaçao and what lasting impressions have they left you with? Would you visit it again? Tell us all about it below in the comment section! See you on our next adventure!