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Car Rental under 23?

by Bav17

Hello there fellow travellers!
I'm planning on going to Curacao for a relaxed spring break in early march.
I wanted to rent a car for a few days, but have come across that all outlets inclduing the local ones I found on the internet are 23+ I'm 22 (turning 23 in april... bummer) but I found on this site that some companies do rent to under 23 year olds.
http://www.curacao-actief.com/index.php?id=869
Are they pulling my leg and this is some law? Or is it some kind of local policy? I was able to rent a full size Passat wagon in Italy at 19 and find it a little absurd I cant rent a Kia Rio on a little island.
Are there actually any rental places?
Thanks in advance!

Re: Car Rental under 23?

by alza

hi Bav
must be a common question because a quick search produced many links on this subject.

Excerpt from first one I read: "Travelers from North America and the United Kingdom should have a valid driver's license with at least two years of driving experience in order to rent a car in Curaçao. Many car rental firms also require drivers to have a major credit card and be at least 25 years of age."

Here's a link to Cheap Car Hire that rents to 21 yr old+, but probably with a young driver supplement to pay.

http://www.carhire3000.com/Worldwide/FleetGuide/Curacao/

Re: Car Rental under 23?

by GrumpyDiver

Likely just company policy. A number of countries have minimum age of 25.

Travel Tips for Curaçao

a must visit island

by Veneboys

We spent just 4 days in Curacao in 2009 finding the island nice enough for these days spent. We stayed at Howards Jhonson Hotel which is located in from the Boulevard (nice location) near good restaurant and more luxurious hotel in Punda side (the island is divided into two main regions Punda and Otrabanda)
We paid $20 for transportation Airport-hotel and I may advice you not to because every twenty minutes or so, there are blue vans that drive you to Punda for $2 p/p yes!.
The airport is about 15 minutes far from Punda and to go to Otrabanda, just take the movable bridge which connects both sides of the island, really nice to see it moving while big boats, cruises and oilship pass through it. But that´s not a problem. While the boat is out of service, you can take a cathamaran ship to take to the other side.
Shopping is convenient and the people are friendly. The beaches (mambo beach) are ok and the water is clear and beautiful.
Since I love shopping, it is not as cheap as we though it could be, nevertheless food is. dinner for two at a luxirious restaurant about $45 and there are some outlets to go for shopping in Saliña. to go there, you can take vans for $5. You can find Tommy, Guess, Max, United Color of Benneton and some others.
I recommend Curacao to spent few days only and it is not necessary to rent a car unless you want to explore the island.
The airplane ticket was about $400 and the hotel about $200 breadfast inclusive at a restaurant near the hotel. The rooms were just fantastic and the service was friendly and courteous. The outlets are very nice and vary.

Climate

by Tetreus

Located in the tropics, just 12° north of the Equator, Curaçao has a warm, sunny climate year round.

The average temperature is about 27° C (in the mid 80s F). Cooling trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months.

The rainy season, which is between October and February, is usually marked by short, occasional showers, mostly at night, and continued sunny weather by day.

Colors of the Rainbow!

by starship

You may wonder how Curacao came to have so many brilliantly painted houses and buildings. We were told that an former governor complained that the sun glare bouncing off the many whitewashed houses and buildings was hurting his eyes. So he declared that entirely whitewashed buildings were forbidden and that other color paints must be used. It just so happened that the Governor also owned the island's paint factory. Fact or fiction, there seem to be no entirely white buildings!

...try and go when Carnival!...

by tuti_plaate

...try and go when Carnival! Next year 2008's Carnival Grand Parade is on Sunday February 3, and the Farewell Lighting Parade on Tuesday February 5. But behold! Carnival season starts already in January with a jump-up each and every weekend to which EVERYONE can participate! This is just for you to get in the mood by the big day!
For more information about how to participate in the Grand Parade go to
Curacao Carnival ...the music, the singing and the dancing! And, wow, will you have a chance during the Grand Parade! Starting around 11 a.m. you will be dancing in the streets untill sunset. As i warned: be prepared to be surprised...mostly of yourself!

...try the art galleries and...

by tuti_plaate

...try the art galleries and look for Hortence Brown's women! One of my favorite local artists, the human body is the main theme of her work. We have one of her sculptures at our office, and i enjoy it every day. The inner feelings of the human being come to expression in movement and attitude. That is what she expresses in her work. Feelings like sadness, happinesss, fear and despair reveal themselves in the body language. Even when a person is seen from the back, his essence can be read. She uses both natural as well as man made material for her sculptures. Natural material: marble, limestone, Curaçao limestone, alabaster.
Man made material: bronze, cement composites.
For more of her sculpures, click on:
hortence brown

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