Best Things to Do on Curaçao
1) Diving and snorkeling
Curaçao is a great place for those who love to be in the water – both above and below the surface and both for beginners and experienced divers. Most sites can be reached right from the shore, which makes for easy and affordable to visit Curaçao’s underwater world. Keep your eyes open for turtles, coral reefs, and sunken ships.
2) Visiting Curaçao’s beaches
The many beaches of Curaçao feature white and and turquoise water and have been elected as the best beaches in the world. Due to the number of beaches available, there is something for everyone. From luxury, resort-style private beaches to wild, undeveloped, and publicly accessible beaches.
Curaçao has plenty of hiking trails. You can, for example, visit the salt flats, go on long beach walks or climb the highest point of the island – the Christoffelberg – where you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the whole island.
A trip to Curaçao is not complete without visiting Klein Curaçao, a small uninhabited island just off the coast. It is accessible by hopping on a comfortable catamaran or by smaller boat.
From local ‘Karni stobá’ to world-class sushi: Curaçao has it all. You will find chefs from around the world and great food in all price ranges in the many restaurants the island has. You won’t go hungry here!
The island has a sad history as a former slave trading post. This history is well documented and told through stories in the libraries and museums you can find on the island. Culturally, you will find an interesting cultural mix containing Caribbean, African, South American and European influences. The locals on our island are known for their friendliness and openness.
Our Cultural Activities
All our one-week courses on Curaçao include a guided tour and museum visit in the capital of Willemstad.
Our guided tour of the city of Willemstad
Led by a Europass teacher or local tour guide, the walking tour introduces you to Willemstad’s history, culture and sights. The tour will cover the neighborhoods of Punda and Otrobanda and will either cross the famous floating bridge or cross the water by ferry if the bridge happens to be opened for boat traffic.
The tour will end at the Kura Hulanda Museum, which is located in a former slave depot and explains the dark side of the European occupation of Curaçao.
About the Training Centre in Curaçao
All our courses in Curaçao will take place either in the Morning (9:00 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45) depending on classroom and trainer availability.
Our courses take place in either Punda or Otrobanda, both neighborhoods located in the center of Willemstad. We use two different venues, based on availability. We will tell you ahead of time which venue will be used.
De Gouveneur is a beautifully renovated building featuring a restaurant, of which we rent the meeting room. The meeting room is air-conditioned, comfortable and has a mighty view of the famous ‘Handelskade’ – the colorful while houses near the water. Coffee and tea will be provided on several occasions. This location has plenty of parking available.
Please note this location is not wheelchair accessible. If you require special assistance, please contact us before booking.
Our alternative location is a meeting room available to us in Scharloo, a neighborhood at walking distance from Punda and Otrobanda. This meeting room is also air-conditioned and comes with unlimited coffee and tea. This location has plenty of parking available and is wheelchair accessible.
How to reach us
The plane is the only way to reach Curaçao from abroad. The island only has one airport: Hato Airport. It has connections with a number of countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, and the United States.
Traveling from the airport to the city center takes approximately 30 minutes.
The airport features an irregular bus service to the city, which we do not recommend for safety and reliability reasons. Most visitors to the island rent a car for the duration of their stay. Taxis are available but expensive. The most cost-efficient way to travel on Curaçao is to team up with other students and rent a car together.
Car rental companies can easily be found through Skyscanner. Make sure that your car rental includes insurance, as this is not always the case.
Petrol is cheap and parking is often free.
The roads can be confusing, so a GPS is needed. Using a European Simcard on Curaçao is very expensive. We recommend you download the Maps.me app and the Curacao map on your smartphone before leaving Europe so that you can find your hotel easily.
Your course and excursion will take place in the city center, which offers a variety of hotels, restaurants, and a few small supermarkets. Even though a car is recommended, you will be fine without it.
Accommodation and transport
The island offers multiple types of accommodation, the most common of which are: self-catered apartments, hotels, and resorts. The majority of the visitors choose to stay in self-catered apartments near one of the most popular beaches such as Seaquarium or Mambo Beach. If you are staying anywhere but the city center, or would like to explore the island, it is essential to rent a car for the duration of your stay.
If you’re booking early, we recommend you choose a hotel in the neighborhood of Punda. From here, both training locations will be within 10 minutes’ walking distance. If the location has already been confirmed, we recommend you choose a hotel close to the location as walking in the tropical heat can be exhausting.
Please note that searching for ‘Willemstad’ on a booking website shows you results from the whole island, many of which are far away from the center. We recommend to use the map view on your booking site of choice when deciding where to stay. Then, try to stay within the area shown on this map:
Practical information and what to bring
You can buy almost everything in Curaçao: sunscreen, mosquito repellent, even laptops, and cameras. Prices tend to be a bit higher since it’s an island and most products are imported. We recommend bringing light clothing, as daytime temperatures are around 30 degrees celsius all year round and 27 degrees celsius at night. We do get tropical showers, so make sure to check the weather forecast and bring an umbrella.
The tap water is safe to drink in most places, but it’s highly filtered so we recommend buying mineral water from time to time. In these temperatures, it’s recommended to drink several liters of water per day. We recommend bringing ORS in case you experience dehydration.