Capital: The capital city is Willemstad which is located on the southern
coast of the island alongside the St. Anna Bay which is the island's seaport.
Drinking water: The water from the tap is safe to drink. It is distilled
seawater, purified and completely free of all health hazards. Imported bottled water is
Electricity: 110-130 V-AC.50 cycles.
Currency: The currency of the Netherlands Antilles is the guilder (NAfl).
1 US dollar = 1,77 NAfl. The rate of exchange usually granted by shops and hotels ranges
from NAfl. 1,75 to NAfl. 1,80. The US dollar is accepted everywhere but it is prudent to
always have some Antilles money with you.
The Flag: Curaçao's flag portrays the blue sea and sky, cut by the yellow
sun. The two stars are Curaçao and it's uninhabited sister island Klein Curaçao; their
five points symbolize the five continents from which the varied local population
Driving: Foreign and international licenses are valid, if issued by a
member country of the Geneva Convention. International road signs are used in Curaçao.
Where there are no road signs, traffic from your right has the right of way. NO RIGHT TURNS
ON RED LIGHTS.
Head of State: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
National Holidays: New Years' day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Queen's
Bithday (April 30), Labor Day (May 1), Ascension Day, Curacao Flag Day (July 2), Christmas
Eve (half day holiday), Christmas Day, Boxing Day (December 26), New Year's Eve (half day
Shopping Hours: From 8 a.m. till noon & 2 p.m. till 6 p.m., Monday trough
Saturday. Some stores are also open Sunday mornings and on holidays when cruise ships are