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Colorful and lively Curaçao has so many stories to tell. Of course, the island is a popular holiday destination all year round, because of the climate. It’s always summer and the blue sea offers a nice cooling down. Everyone and everything between its beautiful beaches make it a perfect destination for the whole family – or those traveling without…
But that’s just part of it.
More than a beautiful destination, Curaçao is a nation in motion. A place where the best memories originate and where people – locals and visitors alike – build on past stories to make their own, enjoying every next day even more than the one before. This is what makes Curaçao very much alive.
In Our Stories we share our island stories, remarkable happenings and news about Curaçao. We share stories from Curaçao as well as its guests to make you part of it and let you experience all that is happening on Curaçao, beyond just showing the beautiful pictures. Enjoy reading the many stories that make up Curaçao and get inspired for your own personal Curaçao experience!
IMPORTANT FACTS FOR TRAVEL
Generally tourists holding a valid passport may enter Curaçao without a written permit and remain with us for a period of up to 90 days. However, several nationalities (e.g. Cuba, Haiti, Peru) must present a tourist visa as part of our entry requirements. A visa should be applied for at least one month in advance at any representation of the Netherlands (in the concerning country). US visitors require a passport to get back into the USA.
Nationals from the Dominican Republic, China and India do not need to apply for a visa if they are in possession of a valid multiple entry visa for the United States, Canada or the Schengen countries (Europe).
As of July 1, 2015 Colombian nationals will not need a visa anymore to enter Curaçao
Tourists should be in possession of:
• Valid passport
• A return or outward ticket on arrival
• Sufficient funds for accommodations and food
• The necessary documents for returning to the country of origin, or further travel elsewhere
Curaçao currency is the Antillean guilder (also called the florin), which is abbreviated as Nafl. Our Ang. U.S. dollars circulate freely, so it is possible to get by using only American dollars or credit cards. Please note that vendors can rarely supply Curaçao money in U.S. currency.
Exchange rates may vary slightly between 1.75 to 1.85 for a dollar at stores and hotels. Euros are accepted at some hotels and restaurants, but unlike U.S. dollars, they do not circulate freely.
Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere on the island. ATM machines can be found all over the island at major population centers and at the airport. To recognize an ATM machine, look for the signs “Bankomatiko” or “Geldautomaat.” Most ATMs offer the option to withdraw in local currency or US dollars.
Giving a tip is something we do to show our appreciation and gratuity for rendered services. We truly hope you will tip well, for this will mean you love your stay on our island! It is suggested to tip the porters at the airport Nafl.1 per bag. Taxi drivers are usually tipped with 10% of the fare.
Restaurants usually add 10% and most hotels a 12% service charge to the bill. Hotels charge an additional 7% government tax. Please note that these are not tips. Of course, tipping is left to your own discretion at all times.