Curaçao Travel Guide


Arriving by plane

Connections from Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Zurich and Vienna to Curaçao are with KLM (KL) (Internet: Air Berlin (AB) flies from Düsseldorf to Curaçao.
TUIFly (Internet: connects Amsterdam with Curaçao.

Departure fee

US $ 22.
Children under 2 years of age and transit passengers are excluded.

Arrival by ship

Numerous cruise ships from America and Europe dock in Curaçao, including Air Tours / Sun Cruises, Deutsche Seetouristik, Carnival, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Royal Cruise Line. The port (Internet: where the cruise ships dock is in the Otrobanda area in Willemstad.


On the way by car / bus

Bus: All villages are connected to the public bus network. There are two types of buses. The big yellow or blue buses called convoy and the collective buses that have BUS on their license plate. Numerous hotels have their own minibus services to Willemstad.

are easily identified by the TX on their license plate. The price should be negotiated before the trip. They stand at the airport and in front of larger hotels. In Willemstad, Tuk-Tuks (motorized rickshaws) from the taxi association Sinustra are also available as mini-taxis. Some hotels offer them to their guests. T. available free of charge.

Rental car 
are available at the airport, in hotels and in the capital. Mopeds and bicycles can also be rented.

EU driving license.

Speed limits:
within built-up areas: 45 km / h;
outside built-up areas: 60-80 km / h.

On the way by ship

Cross cruises around Curacao offer Bounty (website: Insulinde (website:, Mermaid and Miss Ann (website:




1 Antilles guilder = 100 cents. Currency abbreviation: NAf, ANG (ISO code). Banknotes are available in denominations of 100, 50, 25 and 10 ANG; Coins in denominations of 5, 2 1/2 and 1 guilder as well as 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. In the future, the current currency will be replaced by the Caribbean guilder, but the date of the change has not yet been determined.

Note: The West Indian guilder / Caribbean guilder is pegged to the US dollar.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, American Express and other major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. Details from the manufacturer of the respective credit card.

ec / Maestro card / Sparcard
cards with the Cirrus or Maestro symbol are accepted throughout Europe and worldwide. Further information from banks and credit institutes.

Attention: Travelers who pay with their bank card abroad and want to withdraw money should find out about the possibilities of using their card from their bank before starting their journey.

Bank opening times

Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-3.30 p.m. The bank at the airport is open Mon-Sat from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sun from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of local and foreign currencies is unlimited, but must be declared from the equivalent of 20,000 NAf. Silver coins from the Netherlands and Suriname are not allowed to be imported.

Currency Exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks and exchange offices. There are a few ATMs. US dollars are widely accepted as means of payment, but small denominations should be carried with you as US $ 50 and US $ 100 banknotes are not always easy to exchange. The customer usually receives change in Antilles guilders. US $ is reluctantly exchanged for local currency in shops.



The nightlife on Curaçao, a country located in North America according to extrareference, takes place mainly in Willemstad. Discos, pubs and cocktail bars are often open late into the night and the choice is wide. Most of the locations are in the central Salina district. Theatrical performances and musical events take place in the Centro Pro Arte in Groot Davelaar and in the Teatro Luna Blou in Otrobanda.

A special highlight of the year is the carnival season, which usually lasts from early January to late February or early March. On Curaçao, one of the longest and largest carnivals in the Caribbean is celebrated. During carnival parades, competitions and street parties, fantastically costumed participants celebrate to Caribbean sounds. During the four-day Tumba Festival, the best local composers, singers and bands from across the island vie for the honor of contributing the annual Tumba song for the carnival. The two largest parades are the Curaçao Gran Marcha on Carnival Sunday afternoon and the Marcha Despedidaon the evening of Shrove Tuesday. In the evening parade, the countless festively decorated floats are additionally decorated with lights. The parade changes its route year after year, but always ends in Otrobanda. Grandstand seats can be reserved through the hotel reception. If you feel like dancing and want to mingle with the local people, simply stop at the roadside.