Overview of Island
Curacao is an island in the Caribbean Sea, and a country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
Language: Dutch and Papiamento. (Many of locals also speak English and Spanish as well)
Population: 160,000 (approximately)
Like many Caribbean Islands Curacao was first settled by Arawaks from the South American mainland. The Spanish arrived in 1499, and in 1515 deported the entire indigenous population as slaves to Hispaniola. The Dutch came and established a major centre of trade for the Dutch West India Company.
In the 1500's a Jewish community was formed by Sephardic Jews who emigrated from Portugal, and is now home of the oldest Jewish community in the Western world.
During the 1660 - 1700's the Dutch West India Company flourished as did the slave trade, and the port of Curacao became a busy hub for the importing and disposing of goods from the plantations of South America. In spite of many wars between competing privateers, Curacao remained Dutch. In 1954 Curacao and 6 other Dutch dependencies were reorganized as the Netherland Antilles and were granted autonomy in their internal affairs. In 2010 they became countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Even though rainfall is scant the Island developed a major sugarcane economy under Dutch colonial rule. It now produces oranges, the dried peel of which is the base for the famous Curacao blue liquer. Aloes is exported for pharmaceutical uses.
Today the expanding of the tourism industry is integral to the economy.
Things to do
Where to stay
Oasis Coral Estate Beach Dive & Wellness Resort
Simply breathe in the fresh sea air, relax and let your holiday begin. End your fun filled days with a freshly made cocktail while enjoying a beautiful sunset.
Blue Bay Curaçao Golf and Beach Resort
The Blue Bay Curacao Golf & Beach Resort is located on what used to be a Plantation which is now a beautiful 18-hole Golf Course and its own private beach.