Curacao has a warm, sunny climate all year long. Temperatures average 27 C and are cooled by eastern trade winds. It’s outside the hurricane zones, but tropical storms can randomly cause foul weather. From October to February is considered the rainy season, but the little rain usually falls at night.
When to fly to Curacao
December through April is the peak season, out of the rainy season and when the temperatures are low in Europe and North America and tourists look for some winter sun.
The most rain falls in October and November. Temperatures remain good throughout the year though, and the island is not in the main hurricane belt, so it is a good destination year-round.
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Getting around Curacao
The easiest way to explore the island is to rent a car. Buses are available, but can be slow and infrequent. This is a good way to meet people and to experience the way of life, though certainly not the quickest means of getting from A to B.
Curacao insider information
- The capital of Curacao is Willemstad, a small town easy to explore on foot. St Anna Bay divides the town into two with the Queen Emma Bridge connecting the two parts. The walk across the bridge affords excellent views of the town and the bay.
- The tourist office has many excursions and trips across the island and within Willemstad. There is a “city highlight tour” which shows the best sights of the city and the blue curacao liquor factor. The “Yellow Jeep Safari” trip explores the centre of the island. The off-road vehicles visit the North Shore and Christoffel National Park.
- One very popular destination for children is the “seaquarium”. After a basic training course, it’s possible to swim with the bottle-nosed dolphins.
- The floating market at Punda is one the biggest tourist draws away from the beach. Despite its name, the market isn’t actually afloat, but the stalls are right on the waterfront. There is plenty of fish to buy, along with fruit and vegetables. Arrive early in the morning to see the market in full swing and sample some wares for breakfast.