444 sq km (171 sq miles).
330.7 per sq km.
Automous within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Head of state:
King Willem-Alexander since 2013, represented by Governor Lucille George-Wout since 2013.
Head of government:
Prime Minister Bernard Whiteman since 2015.
120/127 volts AC, 50Hz. American-style plugs with two flat pins (with or without round grounding pin) are used.
Colourful Curaçao is a vibrant mix of cultures – from the colonial architecture of the Dutch to the mouth-watering cuisine of the Creole. The island’s handsome UNESCO heritage capital of Willemstad offers visitors a window into the past with its pastel-coloured houses and cobblestone plazas.
While elsewhere, the island’s rolling desert plains hide a myriad of scenic gems, from hidden rocky coves trimmed by massive cliffs, to long sandy beaches flanked by clear blue-green water. Leafy nature trails offer quiet seclusion while music-filled malls bustle with bag-laden shoppers and cut-price deals.
Most visits are trouble-free.
Visitors should be aware that the former Netherlands Antilles are used as a drug passageway from South America to Europe and North America. It is advised never to leave bags unattended nor agree to carry a package for anyone.
The hurricane season in the Dutch Caribbean normally runs from June to November.
The threat from terrorism is low. But travellers should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 020 7008 1500.
US Department of State