Curacáo 2005

       
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To escape the never-ending rainy season in Bergen, I fled to the Caribbean for two weeks in December 2005. The trip went to the island Curacáo in the Dutch Antilles, one of the so-called ABC-islands in the southern parts of the Caribbean. The distance from Curacáo to the Venezuelan coast is only about 65 km. An excellent place to relax. Swim, snorkel, dive, walk in the Christoffel National Park, and dine and spend some time in one of the many bars. And never forget what's financing this tropical paradise; drugs from Colombia and Venezuela.....

 

Willemstad, the capitol of Curacao

         
   

Willemstad

 

Facts about Curacao (from www.curacao-travelguide.com)

Curacao is a long, arid, and generally flat island, stretching some 40 miles (64 km) from southeast to northwest, at much the same north-south angles as it's sister islands in the ABC group (Aruba to the west and Bonaire to the east). The island is about 10 miles (16 km) at it's widest point, and the area is about 180 square miles (472 square km), making it the largest island in the Netherlands Antilles group.

The coastline along the south is irregular, peppered with small bays and inlets, including the spectacular bays and beaches at the west end of the island. The largest bays are located along the central-east and east end of the island, where you'll find the capital and major port of Willemstad. Most of Curacao's 170,000 residents live in and around this historic town.

The long north coast of the island, buffeted by constant northeast trade winds, is characterized by a rough coasthne, limestone cliff formations set on top of eons-old volcanic rock, and weather-beaten terrain. It is generally less inhabited than the south coast, but you will find smaller villages and many of the island's famous landhuis, or old plantation house, structures here.

The west end of the island is also characterized by expansive, hilly terrain, most of it encompassed by Christoffel Park. The 4,500-acre (1,820-hectare) park contains Mt. Christoffel, at 1,239 feet (377 meters) the highest elevation on Curacao. The east end of the island comprises flat and mostly barren plain, with few settlements and some secondary roads weaving to and from its coastal inlets.


With an average 20 inches (510 mm) of rainfall yearly, Curacao is generally a dry island. There are few standing bodies of water save some saline ponds, and most of the island's water is provided by a large desalinization plant found on the south coast.

         
   

Willemstad

 

Willemstad at night

   

Otrobanda Hotel where I stayed, Willemstad

 

Willemstad market

   

Willemstad street

 

Willemstad street

   

Willemstad restaurants, Willemstad

 

Willemstad cruise ship

   

Willemstad street

 

Willemstad bridge

   

Replica of slave ship, Kura Hulanda Museum, Willemstad

 

Trans-Atlantic slave trade, Kura Hulanda Museum

   

Old weapons, Kura Hulanda Museum

 

Punishment torture chair, Kura Hulanda Museum

   

Mask, Kura Hulanda Museum

 

Mask, Kura Hulanda Museum

   

Curacao beach - lots of nice places for a swim or snorkeling at Curacao !

 

Curacao cactus

   

Curacao view

 

Curacao view

   

Curacao landscape

 

Curacao landscape

   

Curacao cactus

 

Curacao cactus

         
         
   

Crested caracara (Polyborus plancus), the "vulture" of Curacao

 

Crested caracara

         
   

Immature White-tailed hawk (Buteo albicaudatus)

 

Curacao - the cacti island

         
   

Green iguana (Iguana iguana)

 

Green iguana

         
   

Common whiptail (Cnemidophorus murinus murinus)

 

Kadushi cactus (Cereus repamdus)

   

American flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)

 

Snowy egret (Egretta thula)

         
   

Venezuelan troupial (Icterus icterus). The national bird of Venezuela

 

 

Brown-throated parakeet (Caribbean parakeet) (Eupsittula pertinax)

 

   

Boat trip to Little Curacao

 

Little Curacao

   

The light-house on Little Curacao

 

View from the Little Cuaracao light-house

   

Little Cuaracao shipwreck

 

Little Cuaracao barren land

   

Little Cuaracao beach

 

IF you ain't Dutch, you ain't much !

         
   

Tree lichen, Christoffel National Park

 

With two tame iguana's

   

View from the top of Mount Christoffel

 

Mount Christoffel is situated in Christoffel National Park

   

On the top of Mount Christoffel, at 372 meter, the highest point in Curacao

 

View from the top of Mount Christoffel