Curaçao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles. The biggest
town on the island is Willemstad, which is also the capital of the Netherlands Antilles. Curaçao currently has roughly 135.000 inhabitants.
Curaçao was created below the sea about 100 million years ago. The oldest rock
formations consist mainly of vulcanic rock. They were pushed above sea level
about 60 million years ago and later surrounded by coral limestone.
The country side is predominantly flat with some scattered hills.
The northwestern part of the island is extremely hilly. Here you will also find
the island's highest peak, the Christoffel mountain (375 meters).
Along the southern shore of Curaçao you will find a number of beautiful bays and beaches, with
plenty of opportunities for diving and snorkeling. The northern shore consists mainly of rough limestone plains, with low thorny bushes being the only type of vegetation.
Accelerated by the northeastern wind, the waves crash againt the shore on this side
of the island, which results in several caves and noteworthy rock formations.
The diversity of Curaçao and the enjoyable climate make it an ideal
holiday destination for guests of all ages. The many beautiful beaches and
unique diving spots, the restaurants, architecture, museums and nature reserves...
Whether you're looking for a golf course or an ostrich farm, a night at the movies or
our festive carnival, Curaçao has something to offer for everybody!