Curacao (pronounced cure-ah-sow) is a Dutch dependency in the Caribbean off the coast of Venezuela.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at piers in the capital of Willemstad. Large ships dock at Mega terminal while smaller ships sail under the bridge and dock at piers on the north side. Both piers are within walking distance of the main shopping areas.
Money and Tipping
||Curacao's currency is the Florin (AWG) though US dollars are widely accepted. Prices may be listed in both florian and US. To change florins to US dollars, divide florin amount in half and add 10%. This formula will be especially useful when shopping in supermarkets. Exchange rate for US dollars is awg 1.77 for cash (awg 1.75 at supermarkets and gas stations / awg 1.80 at shops and restaurants).
If there is a service charge, a tip is not obligatory but a token amount left for excellent service is greatly appreciated.
If there is no service charge, a tip is appropriate as in the US (10-15%).
Public buses are fairly limited. Taxis offer tours for approx $40/hr for up to 4 people.
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- The main beaches are on the western part of the island. Kontiki and Mambo Beaches are the closest to Willemstad.
- Sea Aquarium - An aquarium with dolphins, stingrays and sharks.
- Hato Caves - cave system with limestone formations http://www.hatocaves.com/
- Fort Amsterdam - this historic fort is now used for government buildings and for shopping and restaurants
Shopping & Restaurants
The touristy downtown area of Punda has many duty-free shops and waterfront restaurants. The old market and central market are on the east side of the city.
Cafes and restaurants may also have free wifi for customers.
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