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Travelling around Curacao

Cars, boats and buses

The Caribbean island of Curacao has a rich and varied culture, combining Dutch architecture, Portuguese cuisine and Spanish vibes. This diversity is so clear that travelling around the isle you will often feel like you have been transported from one country to another, and trust us when we say travelling around Curacao couldn't be easier. Regardless of where you stay in captivating Curacao, here is a handy guide on getting around.

Cars in Curacao

Car rentals around here are pretty straightforward, and with the island being quite small, having a car to drive around will ensure that you make the most of everything Curacao has to offer. You will at one point undoubtedly be in Willemstad, and very much like most Caribbean destinations, driving can be a slightly stressful experience. Expect loose traffic laws and aggressive drivers, and remember that you drive on the right side here. Once entering rural areas, make sure you look out for road hazards, such as donkeys, goats and iguanas.

If you have rented a car, make sure you never leave any personal belongings in the car, as break-ins can be common on the island. Never risk it - even if your items are of little value, you will still have to pay for a replacement window and waste a day filling in police reports.

Taxis are also extremely popular, and are marked by a 'TX' on their plates. You can find them very easily, even in remote towns, and you can even hire one to be a tour guide for the whole day - just make sure you agree on a fee before heading out.

Buses and boats in Curacao

The main central hubs of the island are the two bus stations in Willemstad: Otrobanda opposite Rif Fort and Punda Station across from Circle Market. From Punda, you can head to the eastern side, crossing through Salina, Mambo and Zelandia, while Otrobanda serves western destinations such as the airport and Westpunt.

There are two types of bus in Curacao. Konvoi are metro-style vehicles that link up towns and cities, while BUS. are passenger vans that hold up to 12 people and could be mistaken for a taxi. Either way, they tend to run daily and regularly, making them a cheap alternative to navigating the roads. The routes are also negotiable so you can discuss with the driver before you depart where exactly you need to get off rather than at a designated bus stop. The same applies to just waving for a bus on the side of the street to get on.

If shopping is a priority for you on your getaway, ferries are a great way to get to and from some of the main shopping areas.

Walking in Curacao

As a rule of thumb, it is generally safe to walk the streets of Willemstad, and as it is quite compact, you may want to explore the city on foot to further soak in its ambiance. As the sun sets, some locals may tell you its completely safe to walk around, others will disagree, but regardless of whose advice you take, always use your intuition and keep your wits about you, especially in poorly lit areas. Either way, the island is one of the safest Caribbean destinations.

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Places of interest in Curacao

Depending on the type of location you want, the kind of facilities you'd like to find and the proximity to certain attractions, we have a good number of areas for you to choose from and stay at during your holiday.

Whether you want a pumping and energetic beachside retreat, a tranquil setting in a secluded cove, a hillside resort perched in the midst of nature, or a strategic central location close to civilisation and buzzing city life, nightclubs, theme parks and other kinds of leisure attractions, we can advise you on the best places for you.

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