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Families will love:

  • Pastel buildings and European feel
  • Rich culture of more than 50 nationalities
  • Ocean freighters coming into port at Queen Emma Bridge

If your family is struggling with the decision to visit Europe or the Caribbean for your next vacation, choose Curacao, and you will see both.

Located just 35 miles from the coast of Venezuela, Curacao's Dutch heritage is undeniable, though more than 50 nationalities make up a population of approximately 175,000 residents.

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If your family is struggling with the decision to visit Europe or the Caribbean for your next vacation, choose Curacao, and you will see both.

Located just 35 miles from the coast of Venezuela, Curacao's Dutch heritage is undeniable, though more than 50 nationalities make up a population of approximately 175,000 residents.

Many Jewish families from Amsterdam were among the island's first European settlers, and today, the Mikveh Israel Emanuel Synagogue, which was built in 1732, is the oldest synagogue in the Caribbean.

The capital of Willemstad is, without a doubt, the most colorful and charming of Caribbean cities. A dozen pastel shades create an Easter-basket effect on the buildings that line the canal, which divides Willemstad into two mini-cities: Punda and Otrobanda. One of the most entertaining activities in the city is to watch and wait as ocean freighters come into port and the massive Queen Emma Bridge, which connects Punda and Otrobanda, swings open to allow their passage. Locals call the bridge "the swinging old lady" and dashing across it as horns signal the beginning of its movement will be one of your most exciting memories in Curacao.

Baseball is the island's most popular sport, and the locals will puff with pride if you bring up the name Andrew Jones, whose major league career has included time with the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. If you're seriously into name-dropping, try Kenley Jansen with the Dodgers, Roger Bernadina with the Washington Nationals and Jair Jurrjens with Atlanta.

You'll hear lots of languages being spoken, and almost everyone is conversant in English, but the predominant language is Papiamento. It's a combination of Portuguese, Dutch, English and Spanish, and is simply delightful to hear spoken. A word you may often hear and see printed on T-shirts, bumper stickers and the like is "douche," pronounced "doo-shee." It's a term of endearment or affection that means sweetie or good. "Douchi hende" means "good people," and that the people of Curacao surely are.

Be sure to check out our exclusive Caribbean Vacation Guide for Families, offering plenty of useful information about various Caribbean islands!

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