General Information

Fast Facts
Capital City: Willemstad
Curacao Population: approximately 152.000 people
Ethnicity: mixed African/European Afro-Caribbean, Dutch, Latin American, French, Asian, Portuguese and Levantine
Language(s): Papiamentu (native language; a mixture of Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch and English), Dutch (official language), English, Spanish
Currency: Netherlands Antillean Guilder (The Guilder also called Florin.)

100 Netherlands Antillean Guilders

Besides, U.S. dollars and credit cards (such as American Express, Visa, and MasterCard) are widely accepted. The official currency, the Netherlands Antillean Guilder or Florin, is divided into 100 NA (Netherlands Antillean) cents. The stable exchange rate is $1 to 1.82 NAf (1 NAf = 55¢). Time: Curaçao is on Atlantic Standard Time year-round, 1 hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern daylight saving time. Weather: Curaçao's average temperature is 81°F (27°C), and trade winds make the island fairly pleasant. Annual rainfall averages 56 centimeters (22 in.). In September Curaçao will be warm; the temperatures will range between 25°C and 35°C and it will be mostly dry.
Other practical information

Water: Water comes from a modern desalination plant and therefore is safe to drink and clean.
Electricity: Electricity is both 220 volts and 110-130 volts/50 cycles, with at least one plug in each hotel room similar to the U.S. standard. Most U.S. electrical appliances will function.
Emergencies: Dial 911 for medical emergencies or for emergencies that require assistance from the police.
Hospital: the largest hospital on the island, St. Elisabeth Hospital, is located at Breedestraat 193 (tel. 599/9-462-4900), near Otrobanda in Willemstad; and is one of the Caribbean's most up-to-date facilities.


From the United States to Curaçao
Dial 011 (the international access code), then 599 (the country code), and then 9 (the area code) and the local number.

From Curaçao to Curaçao
Dial the local number only.

From Curaçao to abroad
Dial 0101 (the carrier access code) and then the area code and number.

Check with your carrier before you leave home to find out if your phone will work on the island, and be sure to ask about rates. Even local calls from hotels will cost, so opt for e-mails when possible. Wireless signals are common in hotels; and it is possible to use Internet at Internet cafes at a low cost. At the airport there is a free Wi-Fi available.

Bank hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 hrs. to 15:30 or 16:30 hrs. Willemstad has several banks and ATMs.

Curaçao isn't plagued with crime, but safeguard your valuables.

What to wear
Business casual is appropriate for during the day; for other activities casual is appropriate, unless specified differently.