Greetings from inside our house as we practice social distancing. While we all know the importance of staying at home and doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, it doesn't mean that we can't continue to learn and use our imagination. With those ideas in mind we are excited to introduce "Virtual Vacations" where we will highlight one location to share with you on each "trip." We hope you enjoy.
Welcome to Curacao!
This island is in the Southern Caribbean features beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, stunning views, delicious food and friendly people. It even has a famous liqueur named after it.
Location: Curacao is a Lesser Antilles island in the Southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, about 45 miles off the Venezuelan coast. Together with Aruba and Bonaire it forms the ABC islands. Collectively, Curacao and the other Dutch islands in the Caribbean are often called the Dutch Caribbean.
Owned by: Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Official Languages: Dutch or Papiamento. Most people also speak English.
Population: approximately 158,665 (2019).
Size: 171.4 sq miles.
Currency: Netherlands Antillean Gilder
Famous Food: Keshi Yena is the national dish. Meaning stuffed cheese, Keshi Yena is traditionally made with beef, goat or chicken meat along with vegetables, seasonings, and raisins. Try making it at home and let us know what you think.
Famous Drink: Curacao liqueur. Did you know this comes in many different flavors and colors? We really enjoyed the chocolate flavor and the tamarin flavor.
How can you get there: You can visit Curacao via cruise ship or plane, if you want to stay a bit longer.
What did we find most unique: The giant floating retractable bridge that moves to allow ships and boats into the city center and the brightly colored Dutch houses nestled into the Caribbean landscape.