Curaçao is the largest of the Netherlands Antilles, and its capitol, Willemstad, is the seat of government. Besides its beaches, there are many significant historical sites on the island. The island and surrounding reefs are particularly popular with divers.The high season on Curaçao falls during the dry season which begins in Janaury and runs through until September.
The east end of Curaçao is lower than the west, and is the location of good water-based activities in its underwater park or at its aquarium.
Spaanse Water's natural harbor has an operating marina. This is a scenic bay with sailboats moored off shore and rises of land in the background.
This large hill (150m/490ft), Tafelberg, is the site of calcium phosphate extraction. Mining of this element used in chalk has gone on here for over a century.
At this site visitors learn about aquatic life not just through exhibitions but interactively as well. Visitors may dive or snorkel to see the feeding of flamingos, stingrays, sea turtles and sharks. The Seaquarium also has an underground observatory and a beach for those who do not wish to get wet. There is also a museum of sea shells and a theater.
Fort Beekenburg is a well-preserved fort that was originally built in 1703 to protect the inner bay.