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CURACAO
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Curaçao is the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles, and is part of the Dutch Leeward Islands, also known as the Dutch Antilles. Willemstad, the capital, is noted for its brightly coloured, Dutch-style houses and Cunucu dwellings (based on African-style mud and wattle huts). It is one of the finest shopping centres in the Caribbean. The harbor has a floating market where colorful barges full of agricultural produce are moored. Nearby is the new market building, the design of which is very striking. St Christoffel National Park, occupying the most northwestern part of the island, is a nature reserve dominated by the mountain of the same name. There are several caves decorated with Arawak Indian paintings, some unusual rock formations and fine views across the countryside. Lucky visitors may spy iguanas and shy Curaçao deer. Traditional Dutch food is popular, as well as the exciting flavors of Creole food, criollo, which makes good use of fresh fish. There are several discos run by hotels on the island some of which also have a casino.

Curaçao diving is unique for many reasons. It is set apart from other Caribbean destinations by its diversity and its density of sea life, its many underwater landscapes, and its reef's proximity to shore. Reefs surround the island, attaching to the shore like a narrow fringe. Massive coral formations extend into the depths with deep-water fish patrolling the plunging walls. The reef walls on Curaçao vary from moderate 45 degree angles to steep 90 degree angles. There is plenty to see, be it dolphins playing, turtles sunning, or even pilot whales migrating.

Even the most experienced diver will find the fish life of Curaçao entertaining. even sometimes dramatic. Instead of exploring the whole reef in one dive, choose one coral-covered spot and just float above the coral heads and watch life go on. There are over 500 species of fish inhabiting these Caribbean reefs, so you are sure to see plenty of activity.

Climate: Summer 85F 29C Winter 75F 24C
Water Temp 78 - 83F 25 -28C
Visibility 50 - 100 ft 15 - 30 m



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