Europcar is proud to offer its first class car hire service in the Dutch island paradise of Curaçao. With two locations, one in Willemstad and one at Hato International Airport, Europcar's fleet of modern, comfortable and reliable vehicles is, as always, available with a choice of models to fit a wide range of different size parties and budgets. Choose from options like child seats, satellite navigation and extra driver cover, plus services like 3-step online booking and express pick-up. So, whether you are on a beach-centred family vacation, looking to explore the tropical splendour of Curaçao in more depth, or want to use the capital of Willemstad as a base while your favourite, secluded spot is on the other side of the island, Europcar's legendary customer service is on hand to help get your trip off to the smoothest possible start.
The Netherlands owned Caribbean island of Curaçao has a history dating back to the 16th century, and the capitol city of Willemstad has the classical architecture and museums to prove it. Sitting just forty miles of the north coast of Venezuela, the 171 square mile island is home to more than 150,000 people and doesn't focus on the tourist trade quite as much as its Caribbean neighbours, with some parts of the island looking like a standard urban centre, including factories, and with many of the locals working regular jobs. That said, the west and south coasts are littered with beautiful little beaches and the island is famous for gorgeous tropical weather and its world-class snorkelling and scuba diving with incredible coral reefs, many of which that can be reached without a boat. Curaçao is even pioneering space tourism, with the Lynx rocketplane expected to be regularly launching and landing from a purpose-built spaceport in 2015.
The City of Willemstad - Curaçao's capital city is built on an inlet that leads to a natural harbour. The city centre is the harbour entry point, surrounded by colourful 16th century Dutch buildings and separated by the St. Anna Bay into the Punda and Otrobanda districts, connected by the delightful Queen Emma pontoon bridge. Punda is a neatly laid out grid of narrow streets filled with shops, restaurants and museums, while over the water Otrobanda is a maze of winding residential roads and parks. Museum Kura Hulanda is one of the best museums in the Caribbean, that documents the history of slavery in the area, and is attached to a boutique hotel, all housed in a 19th century former slave quarters, while the Curaçao Maritime Museum details the Dutch West India Company's victory over the Spanish to gain control of the region.
Curaçao Dolphin Academy - On the south west corner of Willemstad is the Curaçao Sea Aquarium which includes the unforgettable experience of seeing, interacting and maybe even swimming with the dolphins of the Curaçao Academy. Also on the man-made island can be found more than 600 other sea species, including sea lions, sharks and stingrays.