Curaçao Travel Guide
by AFAR Media
Curaçao is a small island (around 170 square miles) located off the north coast of Venezuela. Culturally diverse, with influences from Europe and West Africa, Curaçao is home to approximately 150,000 residents. Many tourists come to Curaçao for the small, secluded beaches. If you're looking to take part in local life, get to a beach on Sunday and join the Curaçaoans for a day of barbecues, socializing, and relaxation.
Although many international and vegetarian dishes are available in Curaçao, make sure you don't miss out on traditional fare. You might want to start with keshi yena(stuffed cheese), a savory dish prepared with spiced meat which is so popular that some claim it is the national dish.
With influences from the indigenous Arawak, Europeans, West Africans, and Latin Americans, Curaçao has a fascinating culture. There are three official languages, but Papiamentu, a Creole dialect, is spoken most widely in daily life. Many foods are imported to Curaçao, and prepared alongside the typical Caribbean ingredients of goat, plantain, sea food, and fruit.