IMPORTING ANIMALS You can temporarily import animals with a health certificate (dated within 10 days of your visit) and a record of inoculations, which must include a rabies shot received no more than 30 days prior to your visit. Parrots and pets from South and Central America are prohibited.
GETTING THERE BY AIR Flights arrive at Hato International Airport (airport code CUR; tel 839-3100) located just outside of Willemstad. Flying time from Miami is approximately 2.5 hours; from Montego Bay, 1.5 hours; and from Amsterdam, nine hours.
Airlines that service Curaçao include Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela (tel 888-2808 or 888-2818), Aires (tel 888-3432), Air Jamaica (tel 839-3233 or 888-2300), American Airlines (tel 869-5707 or 560-0980), American Eagle (tel 869-5707 or 0-545-2040, St Maarten), Apple Vacations/ USA 3000 Airlines charters, Arkefly Curaçao (tel 868-6811), Aserca Airlines (tel 868-0778), Avia Air (tel 0-297/583-4600, Aruba), Avianca (tel 868-0122 or 868-0149), Avior Airlines (tel 868-1912), Bonaire Express (tel 868-2233 or 0-717-0808, Bonaire), Delta Air Lines (tel 800/241-4141 or 404/765-5000, Atlanta, Georgia), Divi Divi Air (tel 563-1913), KLM (tel 465-2747), Sol America charters (tel 888-1089), Sunquest Vacations/Skyservice! Charters (tel 877/485-6060 or 416/485-6060, Toronto, Ontario) and Surinam Airways (tel 868-9600 or 868-4360).
Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers unless otherwise stated.
BY CRUISE Cruise ships dock at the Port of Willemstad located on the Otrobanda side of St Anna Bay.
Cruise lines that call on Curaçao include Air Tours/Sun Cruise, Deutsche Sectouristik, Carnival Cruises, Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International and Royal Cruise Line.
The Curaçao Port Authority maintains a cruise schedule on their website (www.curports.com).
GETTING AROUND BY CAR There are plenty of car rental agencies on the island. Bicycles and motorcycles can also be rented. Roads are generally in good condition, but can be slippery in the rain and are often poorly lit or not lit at all. Streets signs are often missing or hidden. Watch for donkeys, goats and pedestrians along the side of the road.
To rent a car you will need an international driver's license or a valid driver's license from your home country.
Driving is on the right. It is illegal to turn left on a red light. Through-going traffic has the right of way at T-crossings. In town and around residential areas the speed limit is 45km/hr (28 mph) and outside the city it is 60-80km/hr (37-50 mph). Seat belts are mandatory as are helmets for riders on mopeds, scooters and motorcycles. Children under four years should have child safety seats and those under 12 years should ride in the back seat. Traffic rules also apply to bicycles, mopeds and scooters.
Some traffic circles/roundabouts are used for traffic control instead of lights. If you've never used a roundabout, remember: vehicles already in the roundabout have right of way; yield to traffic on your right, signal, then slowly move in.
If you're involved in an accident call Curaçao Road Services (tel 747-1333 or 199), which is available 24 hrs/day, and if you have car troubles call Roadside Assistance 24-7 Curaçao (tel 9-24-7).
CAR RENTALS (country code 599-9) Airport: Antillean Car Rental, 461-3144; Avis Rent A Car, 868-1163; Hertz Rent A Car, 888-0188
Willemstad: Avis Rent A Car, 461-1255, 462-7800 (Howard Johnson Hotel & Casino) and 461-7566 (Cruise Terminal Mall); Budget Rent a Car, 868-3466; Carvahome & Carvaned, 737-1942; Curaçao Car Rental, 767-1927 or 560-1663; Goed En Goedkoop Autoverhuur, 736-1623 or 513-0528; Hertz Rent A Car, 888-0088 or 465-4788 (Breezes); Holiday Rent A Car, 747-1719 or 561-6068; Holland Car Rental, 736-6544 or 562-0773; Kiks Cars, 767-4166 or 561-4140; Michel Rent A Car, 888-8878; National Car Rental/Alamo, 869-4433; Noordstar Rent A Car, 737-5616 or 561-1763; Thrifty Car Rental, 800/680-8155 or 461-3089; U-Save Car Rental, 461-8384 or 560-1556; Vista Rent-A-Car, 737-8871
MOTORCYCLE RENTALS (country code 599-9) The Bike Shop, 560-3882 Bon Bini Brommie, 523-6203
BY TAXI Taxis have the letters "TX" on their license plates. All taxis have a meter and rates are fixed. You can get a "Taxi Tariff Guide" at the Tourist Board, cruise terminals, airport and at hotels. Fares are based on one to four people 6am-11pm and increase by 25% for each additional person over four. Fares increase by 25% 11pm-6am. Sightseeing and shopping tours are also available. The local taxi association, Taxi Centrale Sinusta, can be reached at 869-0747. For information or complaints call 163.
BY BUS Public transportation is limited. The large yellow or blue buses are known as konvoi. They run hourly in the city, every two hours for outer laying areas and less frequently on Sun. There is a bus terminal outside the post office on the Waaigat inlet in Punda and another one next to the underpass in Otrobanda.
Vans or collective cars, known as bus, are identified by the word "bus" on their license plates. They do not maintain set schedules, but run more frequently. Their routes are displayed in their front windshield.
Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All
information should be verified prior to travel.