Facts about Curacao
The Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao is a popular tourist destination for travelers who are interested in responsible tourism and are seeking to balance historical sightseeing with a relaxing beach getaway. Just off of the coast of Venezuela, the island nation is a popular cruise destination, inviting visitors to its white sand shorts. History buffs can enjoy the cities’ old-style architecture, first-class museums and the remnants of old plantations. Explorers and wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy the natural beauty of the island and the beaches that boast bright coral reefs and the “Blue Edge”—an insular shelf that lures many scuba divers.
Seasoned international travelers and first-time voluntourists alike can find unique opportunities to create a big impact on Curacao’s communities. Service groups and non-profits local to the island readily accept donations of goods to improve the standards of living, education and healthcare in the Caribbean. Many of these groups focus their efforts on local youths, including one service organization that coordinates children’s soccer teams.