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Cheap Flights to Curacao

Cheap Flights to Curacao Airport

Curaçao (say kew-ra-so) is a tiny island country in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela. It is currently a colony of the Netherlands. Part of the Lesser Antilles group of islands, Curaçao occupies a safe spot in an otherwise storm-prone hurricane zone of the Caribbean. This means that vacations to Curaçao are rarely, if ever, disrupted by weather.

The pretty Dutch gingerbread architecture is one of Curaçao's most striking features. Everywhere on the island that you may go, these little colorful buildings are to be seen, with a look that may make visitors feel as if they've were transported to Amsterdam.

Not many people realize that unlike other Caribbean island-paradise destinations, Curaçao has a thriving economy outside of its tourism. This means that parts of the island, the capital of Willemstad, especially, have smoky factories and bad traffic. Nevertheless, if your interest in Curaçao is limited to its opportunities for fun, nothing stops you from enjoying yourself.

The essentials: arriving in Curaçao

Canadians can visit Curaçao for 30 days; there is no visa required. To make your arrival even easier, you can use the E-Gates program and preregister online. This way, you get on the Curaçao Visa Waiver Program that exempts you from standing in line to get your passport stamped at immigration. You get to simply walk through.

Plenty of airlines serve Curaçao -- Insel Air, KLM, Air Canada, Air Berlin, American, British Airways, Avianca and so on. Planning your trip well in time can help you find great travel deals, especially if you use efficient search engines such as Skyscanner. Since rental cars can be a great convenience getting around Curaçao, it would make sense to make advance arrangements on Skyscanner for a bargain deal.

Willemstad's Hato airport is a pleasant, clean, air-conditioned terminal. As might be expected of a small airport, dining and shopping options are limited, and they close at night. There is seating, but the seats aren't good to sleep on. The airport has free Wi-Fi as well as Internet kiosks on both the arrival and departure sides, that cost $10 an hour to use. If you'd like greater comfort, the VIP lounge that opens between 8 am and 8 pm costs $20 to access.

Having fun in Curaçao

It might seem as if lying around the perfect beaches and going scuba diving in those deep blue waters are about the only things possible on an island paradise, Curaçao proves that there is much more possible, however. The Dolphin Academy is an example. Practically every kind of playful encounter with dolphins is possible here -- swimming with them, riding them, scuba diving with them, hugging them -- you name it.

It can also be fun taking out a dune buggy with a group of fellow tourists to explore some of the island's most remote and interesting locations -- blowholes on the coast, an ostrich farm, an Indian cave system and much more.

Curaçao offers visitors one of the nicest Caribbean island experiences possible. Arriving between December and April is a good idea If you arrive in January, you're in for even greater luck -- it's carnival season, and you'll find a party on somewhere all the time.

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