About Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
Curacao is the entryway to popular diving sites and western beaches such as Blue Bay. This Dutch Caribbean island is known for its rich marine life, expansive coral reefs, and beaches tucked into hidden coves. A desirable vacation spot, it makes sense that Curacao’s main economy is tourism. The island’s 171.4 square mileage is populated by just over about 159,000 people.
Popular Destinations in Curacao
Looking for activities once your private jet arrives in Curacao? Curacao features an ideal climate all year round, which makes it a popular destination for travel experiences. Some of the most popular destinations here include:
Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue: It takes a solid hour to tour the oldest New World Jewish Temple. This site offers an assortment of Jewish artifacts, including a coveted scroll of the Torah. All artifacts are housed in the adjoining Jewish Historical Cultural Museum. Notable for more than just its Jewish heritage, the building is impressively well preserved and still has its ancient sand floors.
Riffort Village: The five-foot walls of this former 19th-century fort now house a high-end shopping mall with upscale stores including the Tiffany & Co. and Armani Exchange. The adjacent Caribbean Sea offers great opportunities for photographers and ocean lovers. The Rif Fort Renaissance Mall also has a casino, cafes, and a few restaurants.
Little Curacao (Klein Curacao): Featuring Antillean art, Mesopotamian relics, pre-Columbian gold collections and other 18th-century artifacts, this museum traces the history of Curacao’s African slave trade. While not particularly uplifting, a visit to this attraction can be enlightening. Some travelers may find the subject matter contained of this place hard to take in, but it is an important part of the region’s history.
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge: Jovially referred to as the “Swinging Old Lady” this floating pedestrian bridge allows ships to enter and leave the bay by literally swinging open. It is kept afloat by 16 pontoon boats and connects Otrobanda, Punda, with the two halves of Willemstad. Evening is a particularly desirable time to visit when the bridge, as it is fully lit up. Visitors can enjoy coffee, a snack, or a full meal while observing various watercraft moving through the open bridge.
Scuba Diving: The most breathtaking sites of Curacao are found not only on land, but also in the water. Sunken ships, playful dolphins, spotted stingrays, and delicate coral gardens found beneath the surface of the Caribbean are important parts of Curacao’s landscape. Snorkelers and scuba divers have a definite advantage over the tourists limited to walking tours and boat rides. Although the beaches are plentiful, two of the most accessible and popular dive sites are Blauwbaai and Porto Marie.
Handelskade: Frequently featured on Curacao’s postcards, this picturesque pier is home to the previously mentioned Queen Emma Bridge. The outdoor cafés offer daiquiris and snacks. Early risers can enjoy being first in line to catch the fish of the day at the floating market. The atmosphere, locals, and vibrant yellow/blue/pink accents offer the perfect photo opportunity.
Luxury Lodging in Curacao
Seeking luxury accommodations once your private jet has arrived in Curacao? Curacao is home to some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. Travelers can find plush accommodations for a luxurious stay from the list below:
- Avila Beach Hotel
- Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
- Floris Suite Hotel
- Hilton Curacao
- Kontiki Beach Resort Curaçao
- Livingstone Jan Thiel Resort
- Papagayo Beach Resort
- Pietermaai Boutique Hotel
- Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino
- Royal Sea Aquarium Resort
- Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
- Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village & Spa
- Sunscape Curaçao Resort
Airports In or Nearby Curacao For Private Jets
It is easy to find a stellar lineup of airports in or near Curacao that caters to the needs of the private jet travelers. These airports include:
- Hato International Airport (TNCC): Hato International Airport is located in Willemstad (Curacao Is, Netherlands Antilles). Those looking to charter a private jet to and from Hato Airport can do so with as little as 4 hours advanced notice. The runway boasts 11,188 feet in length and faces the 29/11 direction.
- Reina Beatrix International Airport (TNCA)– Reina Beatrix International Airport, also known as Queen Beatrix International Airport, is located within 50 miles of Curacao, in Oranjestad, Aruba. It offers flight services to the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, and a variety of Caribbean countries, as well as many countries within South America, and Europe. The runway extends 9,000 feet in length and is in the 29/11 direction. This is a great place for private jet charters to fly into and out of.
- Jose Leonardo Chirinos Airport (SVCR)– Located in Coro, Venezuela, Jose Leonardo Chirinos Airport features an asphalt runway of 6,761 feet in length. Designated in the 27/09 direction, this airport caters to VIP travelers with private jets looking for a safe place to fly into.
- Josefa Camejo International Airport (SVJC)– This international airport is the only one on the Paraguana Peninsula, and although it is not directly inside of Curacao, it is within a 50 mile radius of the country and accessible to those staying within it. Josefa Camejo International Airport moves 30,000 passengers per year with its 9,186 foot long runway, facing the 27/09 direction. This airport often services private jet charters.
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