Curacáo 2005


To escape the never-ending rainy season in Bergen, I fled to the Caribbean for two weeks in December 2005. The trip went to the island Curacáo in the Dutch Antilles, one of the so-called ABC-islands in the southern parts of the Caribbean. The distance from Curacáo to the Venezuelan coast is only about 65 km. An excellent place to relax. Swim, snorkel, dive, walk in the Christoffel National Park, and dine and spend some time in one of the many bars. And never forget what's financing this tropical paradise; drugs from Colombia and Venezuela.....


Willemstad, the capitol of Curacao




Facts about Curacao (from

Curacao is a long, arid, and generally flat island, stretching some 40 miles (64 km) from southeast to northwest, at much the same north-south angles as it's sister islands in the ABC group (Aruba to the west and Bonaire to the east). The island is about 10 miles (16 km) at it's widest point, and the area is about 180 square miles (472 square km), making it the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles group.

The coastline along the south is irregular, peppered with small bays and inlets, including the spectacular bays and beaches at the west end of the island. The largest bays are located along the central-east and east end of the island, where you'll find the capital and major port of Willemstad. Most of Curacao's 170,000 residents live in and around this historic town.

The long north coast of the island, buffeted by constant northeast trade winds, is characterized by a rough coasthne, limestone cliff formations set on top of eons-old volcanic rock, and weather-beaten terrain. It is generally less inhabited than the south coast, but you will find smaller villages and many of the island's famous landhuis, or old plantation house, structures here.

The west end of the island is also characterized by expansive, hilly terrain, most of it encompassed by Christoffel Park. The 4,500-acre (1,820-hectare) park contains Mt. Christoffel, at 1,239 feet (377 meters) the highest elevation on Curacao. The east end of the island comprises flat and mostly barren plain, with few settlements and some secondary roads weaving to and from its coastal inlets.

With an average 20 inches (510 mm) of rainfall yearly, Curacao is generally a dry island. There are few standing bodies of water save some saline ponds, and most of the island's water is provided by a large desalinization plant found on the south coast.




Willemstad at night


Otrobanda Hotel where I stayed, Willemstad


Willemstad market


Willemstad street


Willemstad street


Willemstad restaurants, Willemstad


Willemstad cruise ship


Willemstad street


Willemstad bridge


Replica of slave ship, Kura Hulanda Museum, Willemstad


Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Kura Hulanda Museum


Old weapons, Kura Hulanda Museum


Punishment torture chair, Kura Hulanda Museum


Mask, Kura Hulanda Museum


Mask, Kura Hulanda Museum


Curacao beach - lots of nice places for a swim or snorkeling at Curacao !


Curacao cactus


Curacao view


Curacao view


Curacao landscape


Curacao landscape


Curacao cactus


Curacao cactus


Crested caracara (Polyborus plancus), the "vulture" of Curacao


Crested caracara


Immature White-tailed hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)


Curacao - the cacti island


Green iguana (Iguana iguana)


Green iguana


Common whiptail (Cnemidophorus murinus murinus)


Kadushi cactus (Cereus repamdus)


American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)


Snowy egret (Egretta thula)


Venezuelan troupial (Icterus icterus). The national bird of Venezuela



Brown-throated parakeet (Caribbean parakeet) (Eupsittula pertinax)



Boat trip to Little Curacao


Little Curacao


The light-house on Little Curacao


View from the Little Cuaracao light-house


Little Cuaracao shipwreck


Little Cuaracao barren land


Little Cuaracao beach


IF you ain't Dutch, you ain't much !


Tree lichen, Christoffel National Park


With two tame iguana's


View from the top of Mount Christoffel


Mount Christoffel is situated in Christoffel National Park


On the top of Mount Christoffel, at 372 meter, the highest point in Curacao


View from the top of Mount Christoffel