When the Queen Emma Bridge is open and therefore unavailable for pedestrians who wish to cross from one side of Willemstad to the other, they can be transported free of charge by the ponchi, a small ferry.
A very short but necessary journey! The ferries are frequent and efficient!
Hato Airport is about 15 minutes by car from Willemstad. Bus No. 6 goes to the Otrobanda bus station, the fare is 1,25 ANG.
Curacao has direct flights to Amsterdam, Miami, San Juan, Atlanta, other Caribbean islands and South America.
There is a departure tax of 6,80 US$ for flights to Bonaire, Aruba and St. Maarten and 22 US$ for all other destinations.
It is a short 15 minute flight between Curacao and Bonaire on Bonaire EXEL.
We left on time, after we waited 3 hrs for our flight. The flight that we were to be on had been discontinued so it pays to confirm the flight before arriving at the airport.
The best way to get around the island is to rent a car, buy a map, and drive.
Most of the roads are paved, driving is on the right, and it is easy to get around.
We got our car from Budget and were very pleased with the service.
When you are on Curaçao you definitely will want to tour the island. There are several methods to travel the island. You can rent cars via one of the numerous car-rentals, or use public transportation.
It's possible to get around the island by bus, but public transportation is somewhat limited. Curaçao has two types of public transportation: the large yellow or blue busses called 'konvoi' and, on the most traveled urban routes, collective cars or vans called bus (you can recognize them by the BUS on the license plate). Major bus terminals are located outside the post office on the Waaigat inlet in Punda, and beside the underpass in Otrobanda.
Bus fares are Nafl. 1 in town and for points East and 1.50 to the western end of the island. Busses run most city routes hourly, every two hours for points west, and less frequently on Sundays. If you're serious about using public transportation, pick up a copy of the Buki di Bus: Bus Schedules and Routes published by the Transportation Department and a bargain at Nafl. 1.45. The vans and cars run more frequently, but with no fixed schedules.
Taxis are easily identified by the signs on top of the cars and the TX on the license plate. There are taxi stands at the airport, in Punda and Otrobanda, and outside major hotels.
Taxis have no meters (yet), but fares are standard; confirm these before setting out. Expect to pay about US$ 18 from the airport to town, US$ 15 - 20 - 35 - 45 to hotels and US$ 8 from Otrobanda to Punda. Fares are based on 1-4 people, with a 25% surcharge for a fifth passenger and/or after 11 p.m., and a US$ 2 fee if excess baggage prevents the trunk from closing. Tipping is optional. You can rent/hire a taxi for sightseeing for about US$35 per hour. To get a taxi, call (5999) 5605073 or (5999) 5625033 or fax: (5999) 4656684. Minivans/cars up to 9 passengers are available.
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There are lots of sights around the island. So no matter where you stay its a good idea to rent a car to see the other parts. Driving was a little scary because most of the times there are not traffic lines on the road. People also drive very fast and most roads are only 2-ways. When entering a circle/rotary/round-a-bout you need to follow the signs to see who has the right of way. There are not many street signs but there are signs that point you in the right direction. I rented a car from the place where I was staying.
As far as I know, there is no commercial boat connection between the the A-B-C islands, anymore. There used to be a ferry, the Chogogo, but they stopped some years ago. I am afraid you will have to fly between Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. The flights are short (around 15 minutes), and oompared to thatr the fares may seem high (from Curacao US$82 for Bonaire and US$122 for Aruba).
www.flydae.com: Tel: +599 717 0808 / Fax: +599 717 0880 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.fly-inselair.com/ : US$299 from Curaçao to Suriname, i am not sure about the fare from Suriname to Curaçao.
http://www.abctravel.nl/start/index.php : operating from the Netherlands. May be able to help.
There are many shuttles that take the locals around. They are very inexpensive. We would pay $20 each way to get to and from the area where the hotels are. If you walk up the hill to the major road, there is a bus stop. Better directions would include heading north in front of the World Trade Center, walk up the hill (there is a sidewalk). The bus stop is on the left. The buses look like minivans. This is okay and they are familiar with tourists. We also took the minivan to the bus stop to get on a bus to head to the north part of the island. This was a great way to see the island for under $4.00.
I strongly recommend to rent a car during your stay in Curacao to be able to visit the island and go to Willemstad to have dinner. But beware, driving in Curacao is a bit wild and cars will be hurrying you up from behind all the time. I rented at National/Alamo at $188 without insurance for the week. If you're not sure that your credit card will cover you, take the CDW for your peace of mind.
If you're lucky enough to catch ships passing through Willemstad's harbor you can experience the rather unique opening of the pontoon bridge that swings out like a gate. Locals call it "the swinging old lady."
When the bridge is open, pedestrians are transported free of charge by the ponchi, a small ferry.
For an exact location of Curaçao in the World, click on: Curaçao in the CaribbeanCheck out information on my travelogue:How to get there?
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