Curaçao

Curaçao is one of the five islands of the Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean. It is located 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela, 4 west of Bonaire. The island is about 62km long and 14km wide (4km at its narrowest in the middle of the island). About 150.000 people live on the island.

We have chosen Curaçao because of it's price winning architectures, the pleasant climate and colourful people. Besides these important characteristics the island of Curaçao has something special to offer for people who are physically challenged. For instance: good infrastructure and a high level of healthcare services that meet the international standards. Most of the people on Curaçao are able to speak multiple languages, like Dutch, English, Spanish and off course their native language Papiamentu. Because of the growing awareness on Curaçao for the need of accessibility in tourist facilities the trend is that Curacao got more and more to offer for people with special needs.

The best part of exploring Curaçao is that it feels like an exclusive hideaway. One of the tiny ABC islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, this secluded paradise is the Caribbean's best kept secret. Joseph Cares wants to help you uncover its many wonders. Relax and unwind amidst Curaçaoans working, playing and enjoying life to its fullest the same as they have done for generations.

What makes Curaçao special among the other Caribbean islands? For centuries we have provide a vibrant and rich culture rooted in history and hospitality. Our heritage is both European and African, representing more than 50 nationalities. On the island there are exquisite beaches and spectacular diving, stunning architecture, activities and adventures for every interest plus multicultural diversity, art, music and cuisine. The climate is fantastic, the sun shines here most of the time and the average temperature is 82F/27C. At night it doesn't get much colder than during the day, and in the winter it's hardly any colder than in the summer. The constant trade wind from the west is very important here since it keeps the island cool and breezy. Curaçao is fairly dry compared to the other Caribbean islands and it is less tropical here. Located in the south Caribbean, Curaçao lies outside the hurricane belt. However, when storms are passing through the Northern Caribbean, the wind on Curaçao will slow down and it will be less breezy.

People wear casual beach and summer clothes all year around, but dress up when going out in the evening and for other events. In addition to providing shade, a hat, cap or hair cover is generally not a bad idea. Protection from the sun is essential for people not used to the vertical sun.

Shopping on Curaçao is famous for its variety. Local articles and also articles from Latin-America, Northern-America and Europe can be found here. The main shopping areas are; Punda, Otrabanda and Salina. Other nice shopping centres are Promenade and Bloempot. Sometimes it takes a little skill to dig out the best deals and to bargain for the best prices. Shoes, clothing, jewellery, tobacco and watches are usually good buys here. The floating market is a good place to buy fresh vegetables and other things from Venezuela. For local food you can visit the old plaza otherwise known as the marshe. Most stores are closed for lunch and on Sundays. The local currency is the Netherlands Antilles Florin (NAF, sometimes called Guilder). US Dollars, traveller's cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted.

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What is Joseph Cares about?

“Joseph Cares” is a company on Curaçao specialized in services for tourists with special needs. Our services contain tours and transportation. We define ourselves as a company with high quality custom made services. Do you long for a tropical break from every day life? Take a look around.

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