• Famous for its fine liqueur made from the
sweetened peel of bitter oranges and for its
sunny climate and secluded beaches,
Curaçao has a rich and diverse history.
• The people claim descent from over 50
different ethnic backgrounds, and the
native language, Papiamentu, is a creole
mixture of Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish,
English, French, African, and some Arawak
• With an average rainfall of less than 22
inches a year, the weather is almost
guaranteed to be sunny all the time.
• There are 38 different beaches to choose
• The largest and most populous of the
Netherlands Antilles, located in between
Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao lies some 35
miles off the northern coast of Venezuela
and 800 miles north of the equator.
• The island is 38 miles long and varies
between 2 and 8 miles in width.
• The population numbers more than 170,000,
most of whom are of African or mixed
African and European descent.
• In all, more than 50 different ethnic
backgrounds are represented here, and the
people are very proud of the island's
• It is the administrative capital of the
Netherlands Antilles. It lies on the southern
coast overlooking the St. Anna Bay, and it is
fabled for its Dutch colonial architecture:
the many gabled houses in beautiful pastel
• Legend has it that one of the early Dutch
governors outlawed white for painting
buildings since the glare from the sun was
giving him headaches, and ever since, the
tradition has continued.
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
• The largest floating pedestrian bridge in the
world, it was built in 1888 by the American
consul Leonard Burlington Smith. He made
a sizable profit on the tolls he charged
• For humanitarian reasons, those too poor to
afford shoes were allowed to cross at no
• At 700 feet in length, it was regarded as a
remarkable feat of engineering.
• The bridge floats between the two shopping
districts of Punda and Otrobanda, swinging
open up to thirty times a day to let in ships to
St. Anna Bay.