Curaçao is the largest of the islands which form the previous Netherlands Antilles archipelago, a group of Dutch Caribbean islands which are just off the coast of Venezuela, north of South America. The country of Netherlands Antilles was in fact dissolved in 2010, meaning that Curaçao is now its own country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There's lots to do on the isle, so visitors staying in holiday rentals in Curacao will never be bored. First of all, it's an island which embraces Caribbean, Dutch and South American cultures, as well as having some intriguing museums, for example the slave museum, which is the biggest in the Caribbean. There's a range of sports and activities to try out near to your holiday rental Curacao, such as cycling, horse riding and golf: There's an 18-hole championship golf course on the isle. For the nature lovers, why not take a walk to discover some of the 168 bird species which call Curacao home? After a day of activities you can find plenty of bars and restaurants to take a well deserved break.
Idyllic holiday apartments in Curaçao – you'll never want to leave!
Although Curacao isn't well known for it's beaches, probably because they are hidden on the south coast, this island is does boast some beautiful sandy beaches and the weather is perfect for a beach break, whether that is alone to get away from it all, with a loved one for a special romantic getaway, or with your whole family. There are also lots of water activites to choose from during your stay in holiday rentals in Curacao. This is the ideal location for experiencing the underwater beauty of one of the Caribbean's hidden gems – the underwater world here is exceptional, with plenty of coral to be found. There are many diving schools on the island, so even if you've never been diving before you can take part in a new, exciting experience and view amazing coloured fish, coral and even a shipwreck in the warm, calm waters. If you want to explore under the sea without doing more hands on sports which are available, like fishing, snorkelling and diving, then there's always the option to take the Curasub. It's a mini submarine which takes you down to 1.000ft and where you can see shipwrecks and sealife in their natural habitat. There is a floating market which comes to the isle regularly, where small fishing boats from Venezuela are tied up along the canal, and you can amble along the sidewalks and buy fresh fruit, vegetables, spices and seafood and watch the locals bargaining in a mix of different languages. Then head back to your Curaçao holiday apartment to cook a special meal from the privacy of your own self catering Curaçao accommodation. If you're not wanting to cook your own food, there are also plenty of restaurants in the area which provide local food as well as flavours from other countries to suit your tastes.
Holiday apartments in Curacao also create the perfect base to explore the cities, such as Willibrordus and the small islets off Curacao's shores. Willemstad is the capital of the island and looks like it's from a postcard, infact it's a Unesco World Heritage Site. Here you will find educational activities like Fort Amsterdam and the Martitime Museum. The architecture here is something to be seen, as it is a mixture of Dutch and Spanish colonial styles which is quite unusual. The colourful capital, Willemstad, has been named a UNESCO World Heriage Site due to its wide variety of historical buildings. Here you'll also find Pietermaai Cathedral, and the famous floating Queen Emma Bridge, which regularly opens to let ships and other vessels pass by on the water, and when the bridge is open there are two (free) ferries which run to and fro to ship pedestrians across instead. Another similar UNESCO site is the Town of Angra do Heroismo, which is located in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, and archipelago of Portugal.
The country has got two national parks, Christoffel National Park, which has some lovely views and you can see cave paintings which were left here by the Arawak Indians, and Shete Boka National Park. Curaçao also has an active night life – there are festivals throughout the year and one of the beaches, Mambo Beach, becomes an open air nightclub during the weekend! This is very popular with tourists who have come to Curaçao to party, and a wide range of different music styles are played. Another fun thing to do in the evening is to take a trip to one of the island's casinos and try your luck at winning the jackpot, and don't forget to taste some of Curaçao's traditional liqueur. After a tiring night out, what better way to relax and unwind than in your private Curaçao rentals? Klein Curacao isn't far from your apartment in Curacao either and can be reached by boat. Being a small uninhabited islet situated south east from Curacao, you can enjoy the pure bliss of peace and quiet. This will undoubtably be the experience of a lifetime – with stunning views of the clear blue water and the beautiful white sand beaches, you'll have no choice but to relax and enjoy your vacation!