The Caribbean: Curacao
Curaçao is a magical island in the Caribbean Sea and a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is situated some 60 km north of the coast of Venezuela. The capital is Willemstad and it is what a classic 16-century Western European city would look like if someone dropped it in the Caribbean. The brightly painted Dutch colonial buildings reflect pinks, yellows and blues into the cerulean St. Anna Bay.
Once you leave the city, the landscape shifts to picture-perfect bays and coves, their turquoise waters lapping gently against powdery white sand. Curaçao's reefs teem with marine life, providing excellent underwater playgrounds for scuba divers and snorkelers. Best of all, the semiarid island is sheltered from the worst of the Atlantic's hurricane season.
Most vacationers head to Curaçao between December and April, causing hotel rates and airfare to skyrocket. The best time to visit Curaçao is from May to November, during the off-peak season. Because the island is located outside the hurricane belt, its marine life is unaffected by seasonal changes and because of the island’s proximity to the equator, temperatures tend to be similar throughout the year.