Sunday, June 18, 2006

Bits And Facts

  • Curacao (along with neighboring islands Aruba, Bonaire, Saba, St. Maarten, and St. Eustatius) is a part of the Netherlands Antilles, an autonomous division of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

  • While the official language is Dutch, four different languages are spoken by almost everyone on the island... Dutch, English, Spanish, and Papiamentu (a unique blend of Dutch, Spanish, and Carib).

  • The population of 135,000+ people is composed of 55 separate nationalities.

  • All tap water on the island is desalinated from the sea.

  • Mosquito repellent is frequently sold out for weeks at a time during the rainy season.

  • Willemstad is the capital of Curacao, its only city, and the busiest shipping port in the western hemisphere.