The varied topography, the narrow width and the multi-cultural population are some interesting facts about Curacao in the Caribbean. Within its 180 square miles area, Curacao has exotic beaches as well as desert-like landscape. There are three official languages spoken throughout the narrow island.
Curacao has a variety of topography that includes soft-sand beaches, rocky terrain and weather-beaten cliffs. The majority of the island is a wild and desert-like landscape dotted with cacti. The southern coastline has both small and large bays. Some of the largest bays are along the southeast end, by the capital and the major port of Willemstad. The northern coastline has a rougher character with limestone cliffs. Spots like Boka Pistol have cliffs carved by waves and covered in sea mist. The west end of the island is expansive and hilly. It includes the island's largest national park and wildlife preserve, Christoffel Park. The east end of the island is mostly flat.
Curacao is about 7-8 miles at its widest points and 2-3 miles at its narrowest points while he length of the island is 38 miles.
Curacao has a multi-cultural population, speaking Dutch, Papiamentu, English, which are the official languages, and also Spanish. The cuisine is a mix of Caribbean, Dutch and Latin American flavors. Traditional dishes include kadushi (cactus soup) and Keshi Yena (baked gouda cheese stuffed with meat, raisins and olives).