Island of Curacao
Curacao is a tropical island in the Caribbean Sea, off the coast of Venezuela. Curacao is the largest and most populous of the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) with a population of approximately 150,000 people. Today, Curacao enjoys one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean, and an excellent infrastructure which is among the best in the Caribbean. The main industries of the island include tourism, off shore trading, financial services, and oil refining.
Exquisite beaches and spectacular diving, stunning architecture, activities and adventures for every interest, plus a multi-cultural diversity, intriguing music, art and cuisine make Curacao a popular spot for tourists. Curacao is well known for its coral reefs, which makes it an ideal spot for scuba diving. There are many beaches on the island with popular diving spots. A unique geographic feature of the island is that the sea floor drops off steeply within a few hundred feet of the shore, and the reef can be easily reached without a boat. These are all activities you can experience in Curacao as an Avalon medical student!
Located in the tropics, Curacao has a warm, sunny climate year round. The average temperature is about 27 degrees Celsius (mid 80s Fahrenheit). Cool trade winds blow constantly from the east, picking up in the spring months. The rainy season, which is from October to February, is usually marked by short occasional showers, mostly at night, with continued sunny weather during the day. Total annual rainfall is only about 22 inches. With daily flights into and out of Curacao International Airport, Curacao can be reached through most major airlines.
The currency of the island is the Netherlands Antillean guilder, which is abbreviated as Nafl. US dollars circulate freely on the island, so it is possible to get by using only American dollars or credit cards.
Most major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere on the island. Curacao electricity is 127/120 VAC at 50 cycles. This means that most appliances made in the USA (60 cycles) will work well, except for electrical devices with internal time mechanisms. For electrical appliances from the USA, you do not need an adapter plug.