Situated off of the northern coast of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea is the beautiful island of Curacao. Steeped in history, culture and music Curacao is the perfect location for a holiday rental villa. Not only will you be able to enjoy some peace and tranquillity, the island has a unique feel to it. You can spend your days exploring the island and it feels as if you are the only one to have discovered it! Amongst the busy areas of Curacao, you will find a myriad of activities and attractions to tempt you away from your rental tropical villa!
You will not need to stay in your holiday rental villa for long after you arrive on the island – there is plenty for you to see and do! The beautiful sandy beaches that stretch along the south-eastern coast of the island are perfect for a range of outdoor activities such as sunbathing, snorkelling, swimming, paragliding, diving, fishing and sailing. The north of the island has a more rugged coastline making it perfect for challenging adventures such as hiking, mountain biking and trekking. Other activities available on Curacao include countryside jeep safaris, horse riding, bird watching, sea kayaking and golf.
A Curacao holiday means much more than sand, sea and sun. There are many attractions spanning the whole of the island which are definitely worth a visit. In particular, the Curacao Sea Aquarium is a wonderful activity. The aquarium is located on the south-western side of the island, sits on the beachfront and has a unique “open water system”, which means that the water pumped around the aquariums is sea water. There is the opportunity to snorkel with and hand feed creatures such as sharks and stingrays. Joined on to the aquarium is The Dolphin Academy, where visitors who have a certified diver’s license can swim with these beautiful and intelligent creatures.
Situated a few miles north of the capital of Willemstad are the Hato Caves. These are limestone rock formations that took on various forms during several Ice Ages. The caves have been used by various settlers on the island throughout the years including the Amerindian Arawaks who have left behind some wonderful cave paintings. Nature lovers may also be able to spot the colony of Long Nose Fruit Bats that reside in the caves.
Curacao is close to the equator and so it is blessed with a tropical climate. No matter what time of the year you want to rent a villa and enjoy yourself, you are guaranteed sun and hot temperatures. The average daytime temperature is 28°C nearly all year round, with a cool sea breeze to ensure that you do not overheat. There is a rainy season but since Curacao is semi-arid, the rain showers are few and far between. The island is also outside of the hurricane belt.
Travellers to Curacao will land at the only airport on the island, the Hato International Airport (CUR). There are no direct flights from the UK to the island but several airlines offer indirect flights including KLM, British Airways, American Airlines and LIAT. It is possible to depart from various UK airports such as London Gatwick (LGW), Heathrow (LHR), Glasgow (GLA), Birmingham (BHX) and East Midlands (EMA).