Curacao Tourism

Curacao Tourism
Curacao Tourism

Curacao tourism can be excellent at any time of year. One particular weather fact will be of great interest—the island and its sister ABC Islands (Aruba and Bonaire) are located outside of the hurricane belt, which can bring devastating storms elsewhere in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea from the beginning of June through the end of November. This does not mean that Curacao travel allows you to completely avoid storms, as they do occur from time to time. However, the island is only twelve degrees north of the Equator, and the temperatures remain fairly constant year round.

The best time to go to Curacao for warm weather is, well, anytime! The average temperature is 81 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperatures pretty much range from the mid 70s to the high 80s all the time. Two things help to mitigate the heat: constant trade winds from the east and the fact that a cool dip in the sea is always less than a couple miles away. Additionally, virtually all hotels and resorts are located along the beaches and most properties have air conditioning. Curacao seasons are largely similar to each other, but the rainy season is from October to February. This period brings showers that occur mostly during the night, with sunshine during most of the days.

Rain is such a minor factor for Curacao tourism that the more expensive high season (mid-December to mid-April) overlaps it. Therefore the best time to go to Curacao really depends on what you are seeking. If you are on family vacations and budget is a consideration, try the low season when many properties offer their lowest rates. Most of the vacation rentals will also be priced lower. This is also an excellent time to avoid the biggest crowds.

Since this is such a small island, most Curacao tourism concentrates on the sea, which is at about 80 degrees Fahrenheit year round. This means that you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing whenever you visit. Reefs come very close to the shoreline, so snorkeling off the beaches (even in very shallow water) is something everyone can enjoy any time. A substantial percentage of visitors embark on Curacao travel for the superb scuba diving, which is also easily accessible from the beaches, as the sea bottom drops steeply just a couple dozen yards from shore. With year-round warm temperatures, wind is the factor that most affects diving. Some of the more remote dive sites, such as Klein Curacao, have seas too rough to access from January through April. From June to November, even the normally rough and wild east coast will sometimes be calm enough to dive.

Other than the above factors, the best time to go to Curacao for your vacations might depend on when certain special events are scheduled. There are special events and festivals pretty much all year long, but the mother of all festivals is the island’s Carnival, which last through all of January and February. There are international tarpon and marlin fishing tournaments in November and March. The month of May sees an international diving festival and an international jazz festival.

There is good nightlife year round, but if you are looking for Curacao travel that includes great beach parties and music, consider the summer months. This is the time when most young, college-aged people have time off, and the clubs and bars (especially those along Sea Aquarium Beach) rock during this time.

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