Of the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao (a prime area) has arguably the most diverse culture due to its population of 50 nationalities, particularly the Dutch, Spanish, African and Indonesian. This diversity is especially reflected in the island’s varied cuisine.
Curaçao owes its considerable income to tourism, oil refining, financial services, shipping and international trade. The island has one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean.
Curaçao boasts several natural attractions. Foremost of these are the wildlife park reserve Curaçao Christoffelpark, and Christoffelberg mountain, the highest point of the island. A unique, and rather dangerous, geographic feature of Curaçao is called Blue Edge, a sudden steep drop of the sea floor just a few hundred feet from the shore.
The island is also famous for its coral reefs.
There are also some interesting historic sites to see on the island, like the famous and much-photographed Wedding Cake House, the Floating Market, Queen Wilhelmina Park and the Waterfort Arches.
Blauwbaai is Curaçao’s largest and most popular beach, located on the southern coast. Its many palm trees create a sense of seclusion and provide plenty of shade from the noon sun’s heat.
The beach is perfect for relaxing or meeting travellers. Attractions nearby are the Central Curaçao Dive Spot and well preserved 19th century Fort Waakzaamheid, now housing a restaurant.
Just a short drive from Willemstad is the Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort. It is a 420-acre resort community that combines residential living and the fun and excitement of an island vacation.
="margin-left: 20px;">Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort offers luxury apartments and villas in these residential developments – Blue Bay Village, Indigo Garden, Birdie & Eagle, Blue Emerald, and Triple Tree.
The complex is home to a challenging 18-hole championship golf course designed around the cliff.
Blue Bay Village is located in the heart of the Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort. The village is composed of 52 villas nestled by lush tropical gardens with a large swimming pool. It is located beside the golf course and is within walking distance of the beach.
Bottelier is a quiet and upscale residential community that offers scenic views of the island.
A new gated community consisting of 12 apartments is being developed here. It has a beautifully landscaped garden, a community swimming pool, and private parking. Each apartment is spacious, with a large veranda and private bedroom porches.
Bottelier is conveniently located next to a supermarket and a number of beaches and restaurants.
Jan Thiel lies on the eastern side of Curaçao and was the site of a former plantation. Its elevated location gives it a panoramic view of Jan Thiel Bay. The bay has a narrow strip of white sand than can hardly accommodate sunbathers, and is more famous for its Underwater Park. The waters are clear, making for a more breathtaking exploration of soft corals and sponges. There are also magnificent walls and two ship wrecks within the park.
The Dutch-village style gated community in Jan Thiel consists of a 350-room hotel, three 4- and 5-storey guest buildings, and clifftop guest villas. A special Vacation Ownership section composed of 200 units is offered to guests who wish to become residents of the community.
Jan Thiel also has a casino, a health spa, and a variety of retail shops, all of which are located in the community's Town Square.
De Plantage is an upscale residential apartment complex located in Jan Thiel. It is conveniently near the bustling downtown area, but its privacy affords it peace and quiet.