Curacao BASIC INFOMATION
|LOCAL TIME||YOUR TIME|
|LOCAL TIME ZONE||TIMEZONE DIFFERENCE|
|UTC/GMT -4 HOURS|
|latitude / longitude|
|12°12'33 / 68°56'43|
|CW / CUW|
|Papiamentu (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect) 81.2%|
Dutch (official) 8%
other 3.9% (2001 census)
|Curacao banks list|
Curaçao is an island located in the southern Caribbean Sea, near the coast of Venezuela. The island was originally part of the Netherlands Antilles, after October 10, 2010, it was transformed into a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The capital of Curaçao is the port city of Willemstad, which used to be the capital of the Netherlands Antilles. Curaçao and neighboring Aruba and Bonaire are often collectively referred to as the "ABC Islands".
Curaçao has an area of 444 square kilometers and is the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles. According to the 2001 Netherlands Antilles Census, the population was 130,627, with an average of 294 people per square kilometer. According to estimates, the population in 2006 was 173,400.
Curaçao has a semi-arid grassland climate, located outside the hurricane attack zone. The vegetation type of Curaçao is different from that of a typical tropical island country, but it is similar to the southwestern United States. A variety of cacti, spiny shrubs and evergreen plants are very common here. The highest point of Curaçao is the Christofel Mountain in the Christofel Wildlife Conservation Park in the northwest of the island, at an altitude of 375 meters. There are several small roads here, and people can take a car, horseback or walk to visit. Curaçao has several locations for hiking. There is also a saltwater lake where flamingos often rest and forage. Located 15 miles from the southeast coast of Curaçao is an uninhabited island-"Little Curaçao".
Curaçao is famous for its underwater coral reefs that are ideal for scuba diving. There are many good diving areas on the southern beach. A special feature of Curaçao diving is that within a few hundred meters from the coast, the seabed is steep, so the coral reef can be approached without a boat. This steep seabed terrain is locally called the "blue edge". Strong currents and lack of beaches make it difficult for people to swim and dive on the rocky northern coast of Curaçao. However, experienced divers sometimes dive from permitted locations. The southern coast is very different, where the current is significantly calmer. The coastline of Curaçao is dotted with many small bays, many of which are suitable for boats.
Some of the surrounding coral reefs have been affected by tourists. Porto Marie Beach is experimenting with artificial coral reefs to improve coral reef conditions. Hundreds of artificial coral reefs are now home to many tropical fish.
Due to its historical reasons, the residents of this island have different ethnic backgrounds. Contemporary Curaçao seems to be a model of multiculturalism. The inhabitants of Curaçao have different or mixed ancestry. Most of them are Afro-Caribbean, and this includes many different ethnic groups. There are also quite a large minority populations, such as Dutch, East Asian, Portuguese and Levante. Of course, many residents of neighboring countries have recently visited the island, especially from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, some English-speaking Caribbean islands, and Colombia. In recent years, the inflow of some Dutch elderly people has also increased significantly. The locals call this phenomenon "pensionados".