VIVA HAPPY BLOG
Hello everyone! I’m late in writing this post because I’ve been crazy busy at work for the past couple of months, but this was a great vacation and I just had to find time to share. We went to Curaçao for the Christmas Holidays in December 2017 and really enjoyed it. Here are some highlights of our adventures in this unique Caribbean island paradise!
Curaçao is a small island in the south Caribbean (off the coast of Venezuela) and, along with Aruba and Bonaire, form the “ABC” Islands or the Dutch Caribbean islands. The ABC islands had been on our travel plans for a long time, and we were looking forward to visiting Curaçao, the largest of the three islands. The Country of Curaçao includes the main island of Curaçao and the uninhabited tiny island of Klein Curaçao (“Little Curaçao”). The main island has a population of about 160,000 in an area of 444 km2 (171 sq mi), and its capital is Willemstad. The official languages are Dutch, Papiamentu and English, however, Spanish is also common. The local currency is the Netherlands Antillean Guilder (also called the florin, abbreviated Nafl or ANG or FL), but US dollars are widely accepted (exchange rate is around US$ 1 = Nafl 1.75). Many prices are displayed and can be paid in either currency. Getting some local currency is always advisable, as the exchange rate may not be always favourable or consistent, and in a few situations (such as parking meters), only the local coins are accepted.
We had a lot of fun exploring Aruba before this trip and didn’t stay at an all-inclusive resort there, so we wanted to try travelling to Curaçao in the same way for a fair comparison. With that in mind, we booked our plane tickets (non-stop flights from/to Toronto), a rental car, and found a studio (room with a private bathroom and a small kitchen) on AirBnB (we also noticed many options available on booking.com and (click here to continue)