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There are no direct flights to Curaçao from the UK, but convenient connections are available with scheduled airlines. These include KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which flies daily to Curaçao from Amsterdam (to which there are regular connecting flights from more than 20 UK airports); British Airways to Caracas, with connecting flights from Air Aruba, DCA, Avensa and Aserca; Air Jamaica from London-Heathrow via Montego Bay, Jamaica (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays); and charter flights with Sobelair via Brussels.
There are large "Konvois" and smaller buses zooming around the island of Curacao. It is very important to get one of the free schedules at the main tourist info stand (Emma Bridge, Punda side). Half of the local bus adventure is painless and easy to understand: there are two main bus depots: called Punda and Banda, after their respective neighborhoods. Once you determine the direction (for example "Hato" means the bus is heading towards the airport) you simply go and ride that bus for about a $1. The impossible bit is that you can never know when the bus is coming back since any stops along the way do not post pick-up times. It is possible to take the bus from the airport in order to save the $25 to $30 cab ride. Returning to the airport I am told is trickier since the very early morning buses make a lot of stops to pick up school children . In essence, take a bus in one direction and an overpriced taxi for the way back!
It is helpful to have the number of a few reliable taxi drivers. I recommend
Cap at cell 669 0196 and a terrific guy whose name is smudged beyond recognition
(Mel?) 69 45777 (he works at night and has a great personality). Of course, you can always go to a taxi stand and watch the furious domino action before you jump into a cab. FYI: find out at the arport if anyone is heading to or near youyr hotel. They must charge you a single fare as oppsed to 2 people ($25). Note that an early morning pickup is more (around $35).
Cruise and freighter traffic is constant in Willemstad. When the floating Emma Bridge is out the complimentary Ferrys kick into gear.
Always give yourself a little extra time. For example, if you are on the Punda side and you have dinner plans on the Banda side then take into account that the bridge may have floated out and that you'll have to take the ferry.
There are no direct flights to Curacao from the United States. I connected through Miami International Airport. Please be advised that you must have, at least, a two hour transfer window, especially for the return flight home. The wait at inbound Immigration is agaonizingly slow and thorough so "Take your time" and be prepared to navigate the airport rail system since gates are often widely dispersed.
ARRIVING: Curacao International Airport (HATO) is very navigable. Be prepared for a longish wait upon arrival as there are multiple flights that arrive around the same time.
There weren't many taxis there when I arrived; I guess they come incrementally. See if someone is going to or near your hotel. The driver should charge you one rather than two fees if you or your cabmate get off at the same hotel address. Otherwise, see if any buses are heading towards the two major stops: "Banda" or "Punda".
DEPARTING: see if you have already paid the "Departure" tax in advance (it will say so on your ticket) so as not to double pay. They fortunately pointed this out to me at the "Pay" window but just in case.
Also, don't purchase any Curacao goods prior to going through Security. You will pay significantly more for Curacao liquors, etc. Wait until you are airside.
To see the best of Curacao, you need to rent a car. Of course there are many regular car rentals, but I found a new and very nice one: Ducks United. Driving around the island in a duck is so much fun, it's an experience by itself!
Every duck is a convertible, with an extra sunroof and will get you anywhere, even on the roughest roads of the island! I really enjoyed myself; the Duck even had a wire to connect my i-pod to the radio! Within 10 minutes you get the hang of driving this nostalgic old-timer!
It's not difficult to drive on the island, there are few roads, so you can't get lost !
Be carefull for the local drivers, they even pass you off the road on the right side of you car.