Historians still contend over which European adventurer first spied the largest island in the former Netherlands Antilles. Some historians claim the honor for Alonzo de Ojeda; other historians champion Amerigo Vespucci. Little does it matter; today's travelers are content to bask beneath sunny skies cooled by the trade winds. Lying some 40 miles off Venezuela, Curaçao boasts a landscape that is dramatic, stark, and volcanic. In contrast, Willemstad, the capital, seems a cozy Dutch haven with its neat row houses. And while those gabled and tiled roofs illustrate the island's heritage, the bright, pastel houses speak pure Caribbean. Islanders themselves reflect this same colorful contrast: over 50 different nationalities have come to call Curaçao their home.
This charming capital city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Boasting a rich and diverse history and culture, its traditional Dutch architecture has been infused with the color and spirit of the Caribbean.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most important of the island's eight forts, it is now home to the Governor's Palace, a 1769 Dutch Reformed Church, and a cannonball forever embedded in the southwest wall.
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
Constructed in 1888, and nicknamed the "Swinging Old Lady," this bridge swings open to allow ships to access the bay. Recently restored, it connects the Punda and Otrobanda districts.
Curaçao's parks are unforgettable, from the diverse flora and fauna of Christoffel National Park, to the caverns and majestic sea cliffs of Boka Tabla.
Once a hiding place for escaped slaves, these historic caves formed out of limestone cliffs are still evolving. Tour the underground caverns and view massive stalactites and ancient cave drawings.
Experience a unique opportunity to get up-close and personal with these fascinating birds. A safari truck takes you through the corrals where you can touch and feed these feathered friends.
Descend into the tranquil Caribbean waters of Caracas Bay where the nearly 50-year-old Sunken Tugboat, a popular underwater treasure, and a variety of unusual crustaceans and colorful fish await.
Make the most of your time in Curacao with a delightful 2.5-hour tour that takes in the best scenic highlights and includes visits to three iconic venues. Enjoy a panoramic drive through Willemstad then tour the island's Blue Curacao liqueur distillery, an aloe vera plantation and Chichi's Workshop for artisan crafts.
The colorful Caribbean nightlife awaits when you're whisked off on a panoramic evening tour of Willemstad's highlights followed by free time at the lively Mambo Beach Boulevard where the sand meets shopping, restaurants and bars. Enjoy a heritage dance performance that will have you joining in the fun.
Local Connections: Made in Curacao with Master Craftsperson
3 hours | Curacao | CUR-275C U R - 2 7 5
Curacao's most unique homegrown products await your discovery on a three-hour adventure. Explore the iconic Blue Curacao distillery and sample the signature liqueur, then stop at an aloe vera plantation to uncover the healing properties of this centuries-old plant.
Discover the culture and history of the Dutch Caribbean on a comprehensive driving tour that winds through the old city of Curacao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stop at the Blue Curacao Liqueur Factory, then continue to the island's east side to enjoy several hours on a top-rated beach.
Celebrate Curaçao's natural beauty on a guided tour through its volcanic west coast. Visit an old labor house and museum, Boka Tabla National Park, Knip Beach, and the salt flats, home to pink flamingos.
Experience Curaçao by land and sea! Take a semi-submarine cruise for up-close views of the Caribbean Sea. Then, enjoy a highlights driving tour, including a tasting at the famed Blue Curaçao distillery.
Arrive at the beach in style, when you ride the colorful, hand-painted tropical bus to the pristine west coast of the island. Relax on a white-sand beach under the cooling shade of a lush palm, swim in the crystalline waters and discover the Technicolor marine life over a coral reef.
Enjoy a night on the town as you explore Curacao amid its lively and colorful sights and sounds. Your friendly host will take you to three unique local bars for a signature drink, two cocktails and a glass of beer or wine.
Take off on an adventure that offers a little bit of everything you're looking for on vacation-a sightseeing tour through historical Willemstad, a walk inside the magnificent Caves of Hato and free time to make a splash in the waters off one of Curacao's most beautiful and natural beaches.
Take a dive and go snorkeling at the Sunken Tugboat. Encrusted with corals and surrounded by an abundance of fish, it's the best-known dive site on the island. Later, take a narrated scenic boat ride along Curaçao's Gold Coast.
This colorful tour starts with a smooth ride in a comfortable air-condition bus, along the Renaissance Hotel, Rif fort and Queen Emma floating Bridge followed by spectacular view while crossing the Queen Juliana Bridge.
Ultimate Island, Beach & Turtle Snorkel with Lunch
6 hours | Curacao | CUR-825C U R - 8 2 5
Explore Curacao by land and sea with an exciting excursion that combines sightseeing, a leisurely hike, photo stops and the chance to snorkel with the wild sea turtles in Fisherman's Bay. You'll travel past historical plantation houses, beaches, national parks and stop at the salt flats to see wild flamingos.
Explore the wild side of Curaçao on a caravan style off-road adventure. Traverse the island's untamed landscapes on an automatic buggy ride. Stop for photographs and see the blowhole at Watamula, located at the edge of the sea. Refresh at the end of the day with a refreshing dip at Cabana Beach.