The "C" of the ABC islands, Curaçao features historic settlements, rugged arid landscapes and a wide variety of ocean and beach activities complemented by probably the best nightlife anywhere in the Caribbean. Curaçao lies on the continental shelf of South America. It is narrow and pudgy with a moderately hilly topography that makes it ideal for visitors who wish to hike. Its rugged northern shore has many natural attractions carved by the years of wind, water, and waves while the tranquil southern shore offers the best swimming and beaches. The real draw, however, is what lies beneath the ocean. Curaçao is a diving and snorkeling mecca with one of the best wall diving drop-offs running the entire length of the island. A leisurely swim or boat ride gets you there in minutes.
Curaçao's main port city, Willemstad, has a decidedly European flair with its brightly colored Dutch buildings of pink, yellow and blue flanking the entry port. At night, when they are illuminated, they resemble a piece of multi-hued psychedelic art cast against the dark evening sky. Once you leave the city, the landscape shifts to rugged deserts with cactus and spiny plants spiny sprouting from tall, jagged cliffs and coral outcroppings.
Besides the ocean and the nightlife, Curaçao's next main draw is its 60 beaches. High walled coves protect tranquil bays with sparkling aqua water gently caressing the sandy shoreline. Curaçao's reefs are flush with marine life providing excellent underwater playgrounds for scuba divers and snorkelers. Cooling trade winds blow year-round making the island climate warm yet comfortable. With so much to see and do, Curaçao is the epitome of a well-rounded Caribbean vacation with something for everyone!