About Curacao, beaches, restaurants, car rental and more
Curaçao, is an island in the Caribbean Sea and is a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Although physio graphically part of the South American continental shelf, Curaçao and neighboring islands off the northern coast of South America are usually considered to constitute the southwestern arc of the Lesser Antilles. (Hurricane-free area). The capital is Willemstad. The historic centre of Willemstad is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites and features many Dutch influenced architectural landmarks.
Located in the tropics, close of the Equator, Curacao has a warm, sunny climate all year round, with a nice breeze.
Curaçao was settled by Arawak people from the South American mainland. It was first visited by Europeans in 1499 and was settled by the Spanish and, later, by the Dutch, who established it as a major center of trade for the Dutch West India Company. Curacao is the home of the oldest continuously inhabited Jewish community in the Western Hemisphere, originally formed by Sephardic Jews who emigrated from Portugal in the 1500s.
You can read everything about this colorful and culinary district here -> pietermaai historic colorful culinary district
Your holiday home is self-catering, but the area offers also many nice possibilities to have breakfast outside. Our favorites:
– Van Gogh Specialty Coffee: Pietermaai 25, open 7-5, Saturday 7:30-5, Sunday 7:30-2.
– La Boheme: Cafe Bar Restaurant located in the heart of Punda (Columbusstraat # 4)
About Beaches and more
Marichi Beach: a public city beach with a pier where you can swim in the ocean easily. Between Pietermaai and Punda.
In a 15-minute walk, you’ll reach Avila Beach. You can reach the popular beaches like Mambo and Cabana Beach at the Mambo Beach Boulevard by car or local bus within 10 minutes. These sandy beaches offer different beach clubs, happy hours, music, shops and the Sea Aquarium with dolphin shows in open water.
Curacao is a prime location for diving fanatics: the water is warm and clear and the beaches are snow-white with palm trees softly swaying in a light breeze. You can reach also easily the beaches on Westpunt, like Porto Marie, Grote Knip and Cas Abao. Perfect snorkeling spots, or visit the national Christoffel Parc, Shete Boca with the natural bridge and swimming turtles, or visit the old plantation manors.
The national currency on the island is the Netherlands Antilles florin or ‘guilder’. The U.S. dollar currency is also accepted everywhere along with traveler’s checks and most major credit cards. 100 USD billets will not be accepted everywhere. Your return will be mostly in guilders.
The exchange rate on the local market: USD 1 = 1.75 NA florin.
About languages Spoken
Dutch is the official language. Habitants also speak English, Spanish and their own unique blend, Papiamentu. Bon bini! (Welcome!). Other nice words to know: Bon dia, bon tardi, bon noche (good morning, afternoon, evening), dushi (sweet/lovely) and danki (thank you).
About Car rental
Do you like to rent a car to explore the island and its beautiful beaches? We can recommend these friendly and professional car rentals:
– justdrivecuracao.com New cars, all risk insurance, 24/7 road assistance, drop off and pick up at Curacao Airport or free drop off/pick up at Beach House Pietermaai, GPS Curacao available, fast service at car pick up.
– https://livcuracaocarrental.com Stand out from the crowd and rent a trendy Fiat 500 in fancy colors, glass panoramic roof or convertible. Or go green, drive an electric vehicle and rent the EV-version, provided with your own charging point, located at the private parking lot at Beach House Pietermaai. They also offer SUV’s like the Jeep Renegade. All risk insurance, 24/7 road assistance, free drop off and pick up at Beach House Pietermaai or pick up and drop off airport for a small fee with excellent service by Luxury Taxi Service.
About Electricity in our apartments
110 voltage and 220 voltage in apartments, both USA outlets and European outlets. No converters are necessary.
Beach House Pietermaai is always thoroughly cleaned for you; we clean with disinfectants and a Karcher steam cleaner. Also, we always use extra cushion protection covers and high-quality mattress protectors as standard and everything is cleaned at the highest temperatures. We also follow the guidelines from RIVM (Europe) and WHO.
Direct flights from:
Amsterdam (KLM / TUI / Corendon) – 9 hrs.
Toronto / Montreal (Air Canada / Westjet)- 5 hrs.
Miami (AA) – 2.5 hrs.
New York – Newark (JetBlue) – 4 hrs
Charlotte (AA) – Atlanta (Delta Fly)
Panama City (Avianca, Copa Airlines)
Belo Horizonte – Brazil (Azul Airlines)
Colombia – Bogota, Medellin (Avianca, Wingo, Jetair)
Oranjestad – Aruba + Kralendijk – Bonaire (DiviDivi Air, Winair, EZAir)