The island

Curacao is a long, arid, and generally flat island, stretching some 40 miles (64 km) from southeast to northwest in the Caribbean in front of the Coast of Venezuela. Together with Bonaire, St. Martin, Statia and Saba it belongs to the Netherlands Antilles, a group of Island that with Aruba forms the Dutch Caribbean.

 

The island is about 10 miles (16 km) at it's widest point, and the area is about 180 square miles (472 square km), making it the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles group.

 

The coastline along the south is irregular, peppered with small bays and inlets, including the spectacular bays and beaches at the west end of the island. The largest bays are located along the central-east and east end of the island, where you'll find the capital and major port of Willemstad. Most of Curacao's 130,000 residents live in and around this historic town.

 

The long north coast of the island, buffeted by constant northeast trade winds, is characterized by a rough coast, limestone cliff formations set on top of eons-old volcanic rock, and weather-beaten terrain. It is generally less inhabited than the south coast, but you will find smaller villages and many of the island's famous landhuis, or old plantation house, structures here.

 

The west end of the island, where West Hill Bungalows is situated is characterized by expansive, hilly terrain, most of it encompassed by Christoffel Park. The 4,500-acre (1,820-hectare) park contains Mt. Christoffel, at 1,239 feet (377 meters) the highest elevation on Curacao.

 

Diving/Snorkeling:

 

Divers and snorkelers never seem to be able to stop talking about the beauty of Curacao’s underwater world and this is for a good reason. Because there is no place in the world offering such great shore dives or opportunities to enjoy the beauty of sea’s nature while snorkeling. Curacao snorkeling and diving encompass 40 different dive areas, which cover 65 individual sites.

Escape to the Caribbean’s hidden treasure and fall in love with Curacao with it’s world class snorkel and dive locations, invigorating outdoor adventure and welcoming culture.