General Info

Business hours
Most of the shops are open between 08.30 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 19.00 hrs. from Monday to Saturday. Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 08.30 – 14.30 hrs. Post offices open from Monday to Friday and have mostly the same hours as the shops.

Climate
Moderate Tropical, with just two seasons: the rainy (hurricane) season, from May through October, and the dry season, from November through April. The average year-round humidity is 80 percent, and average rainfall, 1300 millimeters. January is the coldest month and together with December also the driest. The highest temperatures in Curacao are in July and August, but the trade winds provide a cooling breeze. Water temperatures along the coast are almost always warm, ranging between 25° and 28° Celsius. Ideal for swimming and/or scuba diving.

Clothing
Light summer clothes are sufficient – linen/cotton. For the evening you might need a sweater. Restaurants may have the air-conditioning high at night, so do not forget to bring your sweater. Dress is normally informal.

Emergencies
In case of emergency (car accident/robbery/theft etc.) contact our local representative immediately and always report to the police and your hotel desk. You will need official papers to claim your insurance company.

– Police & Fire Dept: 911
– Ambulance: 912
– Tourist Emergency: 917
– Coast Guard: 913

Health
No vaccinations are required to travel to Curacao. However for your own safety you can inform at your local health department.

Languages
Curaçao is a polyglot society. The official languages are Dutch, Papiamentu, and English. The most widely spoken language is Papiamentu, a creole language spoken in all levels of society. Papiamentu was introduced as a language of primary school education in 1993, making Curaçao one of a handful of places where a creole language is used as a medium to acquire basic literacy. Spanish and English also have a long historical presence in Curaçao. Spanish became an important language in the 18th century due to the close economic ties with Spanish colonies in what are now Venezuela and Colombia. English use dates to the early 19th century, when the British took Curaçao and Bonaire. When Dutch rule resumed in 1815, officials already noted wide use of the language. According to the 2001 Census, Papiamentu is the first language of 81.2% of the population. Dutch is the first language of 8% of the population. English is the first language of 2.9% and Spanish is the first language of 4% of the population. However, these numbers divide the population in terms of first language and do not account for the high rate of bilingualism in the population of Curaçao. Most of Curaçao’s population is able to converse in at least two of the languages of Papiamentu, Dutch, English, and Spanish.

Lost / stolen documents
In case of the above always contact the police and our local representative. We advise you to keep a copy of your passport stored separately and contact your local embassy/consulate.

Medical Care and Insurance
If you are on medication take plenty with you and store this in your hand luggage. Curacao has excellent medical care. We recommend that you take out a health insurance policy before your trip.

Time Zone
Curacao is on Eastern Standard Time.

 
 

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