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Location Overview / Where is Curacao located?: Curacao is located in the southwestern Caribbean, at 'altitude 12' north and longitude 68' west. The island is just 70 km (44 miles) north of South America. It is 2.5 hours by air from Miami. The island is part of the Dutch Caribbean and is one of the "ABC" islands - Aruba, Bonaire Curacao. Because Curacao is located so far south, it lies outside of the the primary hurricane belt.
Beach Shoes Wear beach shoes when walking in the water on the beach.
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What to Bring: Film and video cassettes, batteries, sunscreen, disposable diapers, sporting goods and books are all generally more expensive in Curaçao. Local stores carry a good selection of most items. It is advisable to bring mosquito repellent as this is often in short supply, especially during the rainy season.
Money Matters: U.S. currency is accepted everywhere, as are Travelers Checks and most major Credit Cards. Debit Cards are accepted at a few large shops and supermarkets. Prices are quoted in the national currency, the Netherlands Antillean guilder (also called the florin), abbreviated NAFl. or ANG. It is pegged to the US dollar at a stable rate of US$ 1 = NAFl. 1.77 for cash, 1.78 for traveler's checks. ... more
Say What? Dutch is the official language, but Curaçaoans also speak English, Spanish and their own unique blend, Papiamento.
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