• Beaches,  Curaçao,  Food and Drinks,  Things to do,  Travel

    Mambo Beach Boulevard Curacao

    Mambo Beach Boulevard is a unique concept for the island of Curacao. A strip that combines shopping, dining, entertainment and the best beach the island has to offer. The Mambo Beach Boulevard truly is the ‘anytime’ destination. It hosts the largest beach on the Island, with more than 50 stores, restaurants and activities spread out over two levels. Entrance and parking is free of charge.

  • Accommodations,  Curaçao,  Food and Drinks,  Travel

    Trupial Inn – A unique and exclusive boutique hotel located in the most important financial district of Curacao

    A unique and exclusive boutique hotel located in the most important financial district of Curacao, within walking distance of excellent restaurants, shopping centers. We offer a total of 98 spacious rooms of which 74 Deluxe, 16 Superior and 8 Suites, all designed and furnished for the comfort and tranquility of our guests. All rooms have been renovated with a new design and new furniture and in-room facilities such as free wireless internet, a 32-inch flat screen television, a refrigerator, a microwave and a coffeemaker have been added. We provide daily free shuttle service to/from downtown and the beach. Trupial Inn Hotel & Casino Groot Davelaarweg 5 Willemstad, Curaçao Tel.: (5999)…

  • Curaçao,  History,  Travel

    The government of Curacao

    The government of curacao Curaçao is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its governance takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democracy. The King of the Netherlands is the head of state, represented locally by a Governor, with the Prime Minister of Curaçao being the head of government. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Convicted felons are held at the Curaçao Centre for Detention and Correction prison. Curaçao has full autonomy on most matters, with the exceptions summed up in the Charter for the…

  • Curaçao,  History,  Travel

    The 20th and 21st Centuries of Curacao

    20th and 21st centuries When oil was discovered in the Venezuelan Maracaibo Basin town of Mene Grande in 1914, Curaçao’s economy dramatically altered. In the early years, both Shell and Exxon held drilling concessions in Venezuela, which ensured a constant supply of crude oil to the refineries in Aruba and Curaçao. Crude oil production in Venezuela was inexpensive. The integrated companies Shell and Exxon controlled the entire industry, from pumping, transporting, and refining to marketing. The refineries on Aruba and Curaçao operated in global markets and were profitable partly because of the margin between the production costs of crude oil and the revenues realized on products. This provided a safety…

  • Curaçao,  History,  Travel,  Uncategorized

    Pre-Colonial of the Spanish Colonization

    Pre-colonial The original inhabitants of Curaçao were the Arawak and Caquetio Amerindians. Their ancestors had migrated to the island from the mainland of South America, likely hundreds of years before Europeans arrived. They were believed to have migrated from the Amazon Basin. Spanish Colonization The first Europeans recorded as seeing the island were members of a Spanish expedition under the leadership of Alonso de Ojeda in 1499. The Spaniards enslaved most of the Arawak for forced labour but paid little attention to the island itself. Spanish rule lasted throughout the 16th century, during which time its original inhabitants were transferred to the colony on the island of Hispaniola. It served…

  • Curaçao,  History,  Travel,  Uncategorized

    The Etymology of Curacao

    One explanation is that Curaçao was the name by which the indigenous peoples of the island identified themselves, their autonym. Early Spanish accounts support this theory, as they refer to the indigenous peoples as Indios Curaçaos. From 1525, the island was featured on Spanish maps as Curaçote, Curasaote, Curasaore and even Curacaute. By the 17th century, it appeared on most maps as Curaçao or Curazao. On a map created by Hieronymus Cock in 1562 in Antwerp, the island was called Qúracao. A persistent but undocumented story says that in the 16th and 17th centuries—the early years of European exploration—sailors on long voyages often got scurvy from lack of vitamin C.…

  • Curaçao,  History,  Travel

    Welcome to Curacao

    Curaçao is a Lesser Antilles island country in the southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, about 65 km (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast. It is a constituent country (Dutch: land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Together with Aruba and Bonaire it forms the ABC islands. Collectively, Curaçao, Aruba and other Dutch islands in the Caribbean are often called the Dutch Caribbean. The country was formerly part of the Curaçao and Dependencies colony from 1815 to 1954 and later the Netherlands Antilles from 1954 to 2010, as “Island Territory of Curaçao” (Dutch: Eilandgebied Curaçao, Papiamento: Teritorio Insular di Kòrsou) and is now formally called the Country of Curaçao…