Curacao total measures 444 square kilometers and is located 90 kilometers north from Venezuela and only 12 degrees from Equator.
Located in the tropics, it is warm and sunny the whole year round. The average temperature is 27 degrees Celsius. The rain season, from October till February, is usually recognized by short, occasional showers, mostly at night, and continued sunny weather at day time.
Curacao is a good example of a society with a divers mix of cultures. The island has approximately 170,000 inhabitants out of 40 different countries. Before 1916 most of the inhabitants were Dutch, Portuguese, Jews and residence of the African slaves. Starting in 1916 the oil industry enhanced a economic success for Curacao , which made the island a popular destination for emigrants from all over the world. The typical Antillean culture has risen out of the Caribbean , European, African and Latin American influence.
Some results out of these mixed cultures are the language ( Papiamento), the Antillean music and the Antillean cuisine.
Willemstad is the only city on the island and also represent the economic and cultural center of the island. The two oldest neighborhoods, Punda ( the point) and Otrobanda (the other side), are separated by the St. Annabaai, a small canal that leads to the Schottegat harbor. Round 1880 they started to build the, today well known “Pondjes Brug”, originally named “The Queen Emma bridge”. From this small bridge, which connect Punda and Otrobanda, you have a nice view on the Juliana bridge. This enormous bridge, with a height of 56 meters, has risen above the harbor.