Some important locations on a map of Curacao include the capital, Willemstad, the city of Otrobanda, home to the large cruise terminals, the Curacao National Airport, Christoffel National Park and the tiny, uninhabited island of Klein Curacao. Willemstad has a natural harbor and a craggy shoreline leading from the Caribbean Sea into the heart of the city. This is the seat of government for this island, which is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.Continue Reading
Otrobanda sits at the entrance to Willemstad's harbor and is the deep water port used by cargo and large cruise ships. Smaller ships may dock farther inside the harbor. It is within walking distance of much of Willemstad and convenient to attractions such as the Kura Hulanda Museum, which specializes in anthropology. It's also close to the Curacao Maritime Museum and the Curacao Sea Aquarium with its Dolphin Academy.
The Curacao International Airport is on the northern end of the island. Taxis, a public bus system and rental cars are available to guests. Christoffel National Park is on the western tip of Curacao. This end of the island is hilly and home to 1,230-foot Christoffelberg, the highest point on the island.
Klein Curacao is a tiny, uninhabited island off the eastern end of Curacao and is famous for its diving and snorkeling sites. Tour companies offer day excursions to explore the sea and the old lighthouse, which, as of 2015, has a solar-powered LED light.Learn more about Geography