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You Want to Get to Curaçao. Here’s How.

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A familiar word to many, images of delicious tropical tasting cocktails may come to mind. Some are familiar with the geography of the Caribbean and recognize the word as the name of an island.

Still, it’s safe to say that in many circles Curaçao flies under the radar

As far as Caribbean getaways go, you’ll really be getting far away by visiting Curaçao, depending on where you live.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortBeing one of the most southern Caribbean island, merely miles from the North coast of Venezuela, Curaçao exists outside of the major Caribbean tourism. Which in our humble opinion, is part of what makes our island so fabulous!

A quick bit of background info on Curaçao – Curaçao is between Aruba and Bonaire, it’s part of the Netherlands Antilles and is under the jurisdiction of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. About 90% of the population speaks Papiamento, a native Creole-styled language. Other common languages spoken include English, Dutch and Spanish.

For those who are interested in visiting, the question remains –

How does one get to Curaçao?

Or –

What are the various modes of transportation available to reach Curaçao?

Excellent questions, we’re excited to answer them for you!

There are two main ways to travel to Curaçao from starting points that are far away, meaning you’re heading out from somewhere other than the Caribbean or the North coast of South America.

By plane, or by cruise ship.

Everything You Need to Know About Flying to Curacao

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortFlying to Curaçao is going to be the quickest way, and will afford you the most time to spend on the island discovering it’s culture and adventures. Curaçao also boasts one of the longest runways in the Caribbean, enabling our island to accommodate any type of plane – from commercial to private jet.

Curaçao has daily non-stop air services from the U.S., as well as daily flights to/from Venezuela, the Netherlands, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Surinam, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Domingo, Bonaire, Aruba and St. Maarten. Of course there are connections available in many other parts of the world as well.

There are plenty of airlines that fly into Curaçao’s Hato International Airport. A few examples are:

  • Air Canada
  • Air Berlin
  • ArkeFly
  • American Airlines
  • Avianca
  • Copa
  • JetBlue
  • KLM
  • Inselair
  • Sunwing
  • WestJet

Flying privately is also a great option to get to and from the island. For more information on private plane companies, visit here.

If you’re looking to fly direct, there are daily direct flights from Miami on American Airlines and Inselair. JetBlue flies direct from JFK airport to Curacao. In addition to daily flights from Miami, American Airlines provide direct flights from Charlotte (CLT).

There are also direct flights from major cities in Europe and Canada including Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Toronto and Montreal.

What You Need to Know About Cruising to Curaçao

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortCuraçao has now become a major hub for cruises. Our island features two docking spots for cruise ships – the mega ships dock at the Mega Pier, the smaller ships can dock at the cruise terminals within the harbor. Several major U.S. and European cruise lines travel to Curaçao.

All cruise terminals are connected to Curaçao’s main shopping and business areas. The seaports are natural, sheltered ports that offer quick and safe handling of ships and cargo.

For a complete list of Curaçao cruise arrivals, which will give you a comprehensive idea of which lines cruise to Curaçao and when, visit here.

Big names such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Avalon Waterways, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Crystal Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent, MSC Cruises, Oceania Cruises, P&O Cruises, Silversea, Disney Cruise Line, Windstar Cruises, AMA Waterways, Seabourn, Costa, Cunard, and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have regular to semi-regular cruises that stop in Curaçao.

Yachts are another way to get to Curaçao. Curaçao has some of the most renowned docking facilities among the Southeastern Caribbean islands. There are plenty of marinas, haul-out years and anchorages. Yachting to Curaçao is becoming increasingly popular due to the islands location under the hurricane belt. For more information regarding yachting to Curaçao, visit here.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf ResortWhether you decide to arrive by commercial plane, private plane, commercial cruise line, or private yacht, you’re time on Curaçao promises to be unforgettable.

For those desiring to stay on Curaçao for longer than just a day, few resorts offer the luxury, privacy, and entertainment that Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort does! If you have any further questions regarding traveling to Curaçao Island, please reach out to our knowledgeable and friendly team.

We wish you smooth sailing as you plan your getaway! If you discover any new news or tips regarding travel to and from the island, please share!

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