The sun smiles down on Curaçao, which sits on the outer fringe of the so-called hurricane belt. Gentle trade winds help keep temperatures generally in the 1980s. Water sports—including outstanding reef diving—attract enthusiasts from all over the world. Curaçao claims 38 beaches—some long stretches of silky sand, most smaller coves suitable for picture postcards. In the countryside, the dollhouse look of plantation houses, or landhuizen (literally, "land houses"), makes a cheerful contrast to stark cacti and austere shrubbery.
- Below the Belt Because it sits below the hurricane belt, the weather in Curaçao is almost always alluring, even during the off-season.
- Carnival Curaçao's biggest party draws an increasingly large crowd.
- Culture The island's cultural diversity is reflected in the good food from many different cultures.
- History You Can See Striking architecture and fascinating historic sites give you something to see when you're not shopping or sunning on the charming beaches.