tourism promotion slogan is "Real. Different." Curaçao
is certainly different from most Caribbean destinations. While and
abundance of sun, sand, and sea abound, Curaçao first sets
itself apart by the landscape. Curaçao is arid, not tropical
and you will see more cactus than palm trees. Its beaches are often
secluded coves, most quiet and undisturbed by crash commercialism.
You won't find tourists traps on Curaçao, what you will find
is something different, and in fact, something very real.
When you visit Curaçao, you are not locked into an all-inclusive
resort or paraded through theme parks. You immediately become a part
of the fabric of the community. Many hotels such as the Kura Hulanda
or the Avilla are cultural experiences in and of themselves. Small
restaurants can be found along the roadside serving fine European
and Island cuisine and you don't have to take a tour bus to enjoy
them. Curaçao is "real" in the sense that as a tourist
you can truly relax in a no-hassle environment and experience the
many cultural and culinary delights that Curaçao offers.
Curaçao has some of the best diving in the Caribbean. The West
Point part of the island in particular has a number of small dive
hotels, dive boats, and dive shops. Golf, fishing, drag racing and
other leisure activities are easily accessible. Curaçao is
home to the oldest Synagogue (Mikvé Israel-Emanuel) in the
western hemisphere, and has the largest number of museums per capita
as any county in the world. Many experiences such as the Seaquarium
offer an "edutainment experience." Plans are underway to
develop the Otrbanda waterfront into a nightlife oasis. The diversity
of Curaçao adds spice to this cultural experience, and the
safe pedestrian friendly areas of Punda and Otrabanda enhance the
campus-like feel to the island.