Where in the world?
Located in the southwestern Caribbean, we present to you the precious jewel of the Dutch Caribbean: Curaçao! Only 44 miles (70 kilometers) north of South America, and a short 2,5 hour flight from Florida. Flying in from Europe will take about 9,5 hours straight from Amsterdam.
Together with neighboring Bonaire and Aruba, plus three islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea – Sint Maarten, Statia and Saba – Curaçao is part of the Dutch Kingdom. Curaçao is also the largest one: varying from 3 to 8 miles (5 to 14 kilometers) wide and is 37 miles (61 kilometers) long. A total of 182 square miles (444 square kilometers) for you to explore and enjoy.
Our capital city Willemstad is home to the World Heritage Site the Handelskade. You can enjoy a delicious cocktail on the dock, facing the Santa Ana Bay which divides our fair city into Punda and Otrobanda.
Curaçao has a well-earned reputation for religious, ethnic, and sexual orientation harmony. With about 150,000 inhabitants with more than 55 nationalities, we can’t help but be “dushi” people!
With a twelve-month summer season sunbathers enjoy cool, gentle breezes. The average temperature is about 81° F (27° C). Refreshing trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months. Adventurers take pleasure in sightseeing, jeep safaris, mountain biking, kite and wind surfing. We recommend trying it all. We also recommend a good sunblock.
Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt; only a few hurricanes have come near the island this century. Occasionally, a tropical storm brewing elsewhere in the Caribbean can cause uncharacteristically cloudy weather for a day or two.
Talking of which, our native tongue is Papiamentu, a so-called Creole language which is a lively blend of European and African influences. Papiamentu is spoken on Aruba and Bonaire too. Unique among most other creole languages, Papiamentu is the only Creole that is widely spoken at all levels of society. However, Dutch does remain the official language, and most Curaçaoans also speak English and Spanish.
Bon bini - Welcome
Kon ta bai? - How do you do? / How are you?
Bon dia - Good morning
Bon tardi - Good afternoon
Bon nochi - Good evening / Good night
Porfabor - Please
Danki - Thank you
Despensa - Excuse me
Pasa un bon dia - Have a good day
Ayó - Goodbye
Mi ta stimabo - I love you
Dushi - Sweetheart
Si - Yes
Nó - No
Leading LGBT Destination in the Caribbean
Besides visiting countries with stunning beaches, delicious cocktails, great weather and blue seas, LGBT travelers also prefer to visit a place with a LGBT friendly reputation. We all want to feel safe being open about our sexual preferences.
Throughout the Caribbean, travelers can find all the above mentioned items on their destination check off list. However, LGBT friendly destinations in this region are hard to find. Which is why we are extremely happy and proud – pun intended – that Curaçao is leading the way with regard to Caribbean destinations for LGBT travelers.
Curaçao has an open gay community compared to many other Caribbean destination and does not have gay violence towards LGBT locals or visitors. An example of Curaçao’s openness are the Curaçao Pride. Moreover, Curaçao has the highest number of IGLTA members of all the countries in the region.