Curacao (or Curaçao, the official spelling) is one of
the ABC-islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao)
belonging to the Netherlands Antilles.
The island has become quite a tourist attraction, ironically because it
is one of the carribean islands with the least tourists.
The climate on Curaçao is tropical,
with an average temperature just beneath 27°C (~80°F). The is accessible
by boat, or by airplane. On the island itself, it is possible to rent cars
(oh, and they drive on the right side of the road), although the bus system
is all right.
The official language on Curaçao is Dutch, while
the natives tend to speak Papiamento, a particular creole language. Most
people will have at least a rudimentary knowledge of English and Spanish.
When it comes to money, the Netherlands Antilles Guilders (NAF) and US$ are
Curaçao is on AST (Atlantic Standard Time), or one
hour later than US Standard Time
About the island
Curaçao has about 150,000 inhabitants divided by roughly 50 different
nationalities - a multi cultural society, in other words.
The Curaçao island is part of the Netherlands Antilles,
which is a part of The Netherlands. The local government is autonomous.
Curaçaoans have a Dutch nationality.
Sources / more info:
Richard Simoons, my Curacaoan friend