Curaçao

Consulates

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Grenada (Honorary Consulate)
Juan Domingoweg 63
+599 9-868-1446
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Spain (Honorary Vice Consulate)
Sbn Doormanweg 33
+599 9 737-6255
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United States (Consulate General)
J.B. Gorsiraweg 1
+599 9-461-3066
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Venezuela (Consulate General)
Scharlooweg 9
+599 9 461-4140

Safety is not a big issue on Curacao. The locals are friendly, welcoming, and willing to give assistance. After all, a major part of their island's income comes from tourists. Despite this, Curacao has recently developed a reputation for being one of the unsafest islands in the Caribbean. That can be agreed or disagreed with, but it is without doubt the unsafest part in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Crime and homicide have steadily been on the rise for the last couple of years - but still, this is not something the average tourist needs to worry about.

It is generally safe to walk the streets of the capital, Willemstad, during daylight, even in some of the less populous areas. In regards to walking at night...some locals say it's safe with no problem, while others recommend against it. Nevertheless, this island is most definitely among the safest of Caribbean travel destinations.

If you rent a car, do not, under any circumstances, leave any personal belongings in the car. Car break-ins are not uncommon on the island. If you think you are alone, you may not be. If you think your trunk is a safe place to store belongings, it is not. Even if your items are of little value, you still have to deal with the cost for a replacement window, the headache of dealing with your rental car company, and a wasted day filing police reports.

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The native language of Curaçao is Papiamentu, which is a richly unique mixture of African languages and Portuguese, Spanish, with some influences from Amerindian languages, English, and Dutch. Most people from the island speak this language in addition to Dutch, English, and Spanish. Almost everyone speaks some English. A few people also speak French, Portuguese or German.