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Willemstad
Curaçao

The port of Willemstad is located on the island of Curacao, an independent country that is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curacao is located off the coast of Venezuela. This island is part of the formation of islands called ABC (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao). The Dutch-influenced architecture, with a touch of pastel Caribbean colours, is very picturesque.

Discovered in 1499 by the Spanish, Curacao was taken over by the Dutch in 1634 to establish a naval base. The city of Willemstad, the capital and UNESCO site, is made up of two districts separated by a canal. The floating pedestrian bridge is a symbol of the city.

Legend has it that the governor of the island, Albert Kikkert, ordered the owners of the island to paint their buildings with colors, because the reflection of the sun on the white buildings caused him migraines. Some also say that after his death it would have been discovered that he had shares in the painting company of the island.

Useful Information

Language

Dutch, Spanish and English

Currency

ANG
Netherlands Antillean guilder - The U.S. dollar is generally accepted.

Currency Converters:  
Bing   CAD   USD   EUR  
XE

Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: None

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Tips

If the service is included, you can round up the bill. Otherwise, a tip of 10-15% is required.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celcius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
24 75
27 81
30 86
451.75
February
24 75
27 81
30 86
261.00
March
25 77
27 81
31 88
140.50
April
26 79
28 82
31 88
200.75
May
26 79
28 82
32 90
200.75
June
26 79
29 84
32 90
190.75
July
26 79
28 82
32 90
401.50
August
26 79
29 84
32 90
421.75
September
27 81
29 84
33 91
492.00
October
26 79
29 84
32 90
843.25
November
26 79
28 82
31 88
973.75
December
25 77
27 81
30 86
1004.00

Where is locate the Port of Willemstad

The **port of Willemstad** is located in the centre of the capital. The larger ships dock at the Mega Pier (Mega Terminal) and the smaller ones that can pass under the bridge dock at the north pier. Both wharves are within walking distance of commercial arteries.

Travelling around the port of Willemstad

It’s easy to get around on foot. A floating bridge allows you to cross the canal and is an attraction in itself. He retracts to let the boats pass. A free ferry is then available to cross the canal.

Public transit is very limited.

Taxis offer different fixed-price tours from the port.
A [tourist trolley[(http://www.curacao-atlantisadventures.com/Trolley_Train.html) tour the main attractions of Willemstad. The departure is from Fort Amsterdam and the journey is 75 minutes long.

Other ports in the area

Activities in Willemstad

Historical sites

Fort Amsterdam

The historic fort is occupied by government offices and shops.

Rif Fort

A former fort now home to shops, bars and restaurants.

Neighborhoods

Art Galleries

Several art galleries present a diverse range of styles and artists.

Nature

Guided tours of the caves are offered and will allow you to know the legends of Curacao and to see bats and iguanas. You can also explore the nearby trail to see the typical vegetation of the island.

Museums

This anthropological museum presents the culture of Curacao and an exhibition of African artifacts dating back to 500 BC.

This museum will appeal to history buffs with its documents relating the island’s naval history.

Family activities

You will see dolphins, sharks and rays.

Ostriches, iguanas, rabbits, parrots, turtles and pumas are just some of the animals present at the Zoo.

Sea Worlds Explorer allows you to explore the corals and marine life of the island.

Activities

Floating Market

The market is located near the floating bridge.

An exhibition presents the history of the island and the distillery and explain the manufacturing process. The tour ends with a tasting of the liqueur. Free.

Excursions in Willemstad

  • The beaches are mainly found in the western part of the island. The Seaquarium also has an ideal beach to spend half a day.
  • Golf enthusiasts can practice their sport at [Blue Bay Golf Resort] (http://golf.bluebay-curacao.com/) or the [Old Quarry Golf Course] (http://oldquarrygolfcuracao.com/).
  • Visit to an ostrich and Aloes culture farm.

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