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"The island of Curaçao has a long, interesting and complex story to tell when you dive in its history and heritage. The story that made Curaçao the surprising, colorful and lively island it is nowadays. The past is not only very present in the people, but also found in a variety of museums, forts, galleries, country houses and other historical sites."
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"Curaçao was settled by Arawak people from the South American mainland. It was first visited by Europeans in 1499 and was settled by the Spanish and, later, by the Dutch, who established it as a major centre of trade for the Dutch West India Company."
"Where there’s warm weather, there are bugs. An unfortunate fact of vacation spots, but one that must be dealt with nonetheless. Curacaoans are extremely clever, and discovered that flies and mosquitoes detest white polka dots on red walls. The dots apparently make their heads spin, so you’ll find many traditional Curacaoan homes featuring kitchens with red walls and white dots."
"Curacao is a country diverse in heritage and ethnicity. In fact, 42 different ethnic groups call this Dutch Antilles island home. The island's residents, most of which are of European or African descent, represent various cultural heritages and have a strong sense of cultural awareness."
Start Preparing for Your Trip
Vaccinations: Routine vaccinations, Hepatitis A, Typhoid
Visas: No visa is required for U.S. citizens for a stay up to 30 days
What to Pack: "Be aware that on Curacao, it is not acceptable to walk around outside of the beach or pool area in your swim wear. For this reason, you should pack a cover-up of some sort, such as a sarong, pareo or a large t-shirt. Don't forget sandals to protect your feet from the hot sand, and sunglasses and a hat to protect your head and eyes from the hot sun."
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When You Arrive
Water Safety: Drink bottled water
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