Bon bini on Curaçao
Curaçao is the ideal holiday island for a good rest, not only by the sea. There are many areas with no one in sight. Stay for a while at the Yoga Center Curaçao to relax. And enjoy the tropical climate with very little rain, lots of sun and lots of wind: the north east wind, also called the passaat wind. The average annual temperature is 27.5 °C.
And did you know that the sea temperature is virtually the same as the air temperature: 26.8 °C?
By the way
Curaçao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles and is one of the most important Caribbean islands. The island is 61 kilometers long between its two furthest points and between 5 and 14 kilometers wide.
The population on Curaçao exits approximately about 160.000 people. Fifty-eight percent are of Netherlands Antillean extraction. The remainder of the population is largely Dutch. The people are very friendly.
Curaçao has a diversity of beaches with each their own charm.
Curaçao does not have long beaches that extend for kilometers, but a large number of small beaches. Most beaches have free admission. Only a few ask for a contribution for maintenance. Beaches can be found at nearly all the hotels and various (private) beaches are also open for tourists. For instance beaches for free are: Santa Martha, Playa Kenepa, Playa Jeremi, Santa Cruz, Daaibooibeach, Playa Kalki, Playa Boca Sami. These beaches lie in a radiate of 10 km until 20 km from the yoga center.
Wherever you stay on Curaçao, the azure blue sea is always nearby. You can swim at any hour of the day. But never swim on the rough northeast side of the island.
Paradise for diving
Curaçao was created from volcanic limestone on which coral has grown for centuries. It can easily be seen during a first dive. You immediately encounter the magnificent coral reefs along the coastline. No wonder that scuba diving is now one of the most popular sports on Curaçao. Fortunately there’s also plenty of time to relax and enjoy the breathtaking undersea world, with sixty million-year-old flora and fauna. Many consider Curaçao a highly attractive diving paradise. Diving appointments are easy to organize. Of course there is the possibility to follow diving lessons.
The flora on Curaçao are limited due to the climate. On West-punt there are many hills and unique types of trees and an abundance of orchids. There are 500 species of plants.
There is an extremely large diversity of cacti. The characteristic divi-divi tree, with its double, feather like leaves, always grows in the direction of the wind. Of course, Curaçao also has its well-known palm trees.
The Curaçao deer or white-tailed deer is unique to the island. Curaçao also has some sixteen species of lizards, eight of which are indigenous.
Excursions to make
The many land houses comprise one of the important, if not the most important, architectural heritage of the island. Curaçao’s land houses played an important role in the island’s history and are unique. Examples of land houses include: Land house Brievengat, Land house Daniel, Dokterstuin, Jan Kock, Zeelandia, Chocolobo, Papaya, Groot Santa Martha, Rooi Catootje, Savonet and Knip. Most of the land houses can be toured; an appointment may be required.
Christoffel Park and the plantations
At the urgent request of the National Parks of the Netherlands Antilles Foundation, the island government purchased the former Savonet, Zorgvliet, Knip and Zevenbergen plantations in the late 1960s. These four plantations were merged, now forming Christoffel Park, with adjoining Knip hills. Nature lovers won’t believe their eyes. You can drive through Christoffel Park, up to the foot of Mt. Christoffel. For those who like to walk they can start the hiking to the top of the Christoffel, it is a nice work out.
Walking tours in the city or on the Tafelberg
You can enjoy the rich and varied history of Willemstad. Under leadership of an architect or historian, weekly guided tours are made by Otrabanda, a part of Willemstad. Also the natural world harbor Saint Anna-bay is a visit more than worth. There is an excursion to make and climb the unique fosfor rich table mountain.
For good restaurants there are several good places nearby to go, please inform and I will give you some nice tips.