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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 also available.

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.

Curacao Flag 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 originates.

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.

Nationality: Dutch.

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 holiday).

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 in port.

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