TOURISM

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Tourism

tourism_curacaoThe tourism sector is identified as the sector with significant growth potential to boost the economy of Curaçao. Curaçao is becoming an ideal destination for visitors and it is often referred to as the best kept secret in the Caribbean and the ultimate travel experience by many renowned travel publications. Curaçao is authentic with a historical rich heritage. A cultural melting pot influenced by the African, Dutch, South American and Caribbean cultures resulting in flavorful restaurants. Curaçao has a vibrant nightlife, more than 60 impressive world-class diving sites and beautiful beaches. Water activities can vary from swimming with the dolphins to discovering the sea at a depth of 320 meters with the submarine. Outdoor adventures include: (kite) surfing, hiking, biking and ATV tours amongst many things to do. UNESCO has recognized the historic city center of Willemstad as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Furthermore, Curaçao offers a luxurious championship golf course, casinos and high end retails stores and has the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Regatta and the Carnival as well known annual events attracting visitors from all over the world. The Amstel Curaçao Race is a cycling event where professional tour cyclers from different parts of the world and amateurs compete together.

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Cruise Tourism

Curaçao has two port facilities for cruise liners of all sizes: the Mega Cruise terminal right outside the harbor and the Cruise Terminal within the harbor. These seaports are natural shelter ports. Over the past years there has been an increase in the number of port calls and visitors. In 2013 the number of cruise visitors increased with 34% compared to the year before. Mid 2015 will see the start of the construction of a second mega pier, Rif Seaport Curaçao. Some of the Cruise operators coming to Curaçao are: Royal Caribbean, Holland America Line, Pullman Tours and Celebrity Cruises

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Yachting

Yachting Curaçao is the perfect destination for yacht and boat owners because it is outside the Hurricane Zone. The facilities are renowned among the Caribbean Islands. The facilities are modern and fully-equipped. Some can accommodate vessels of varying lengths and offer 24/7 security and other privileges such as private beach access. Some marinas also offer bunkering services, repair, dry storage, sea rescue services, hauling out and much more. The waters are safe and fees for services are competitive and attractive compared to the region.