Curaçao: Country and Foreign Investment
This page was last updated on 19 August 2019.
Curaçao lies in the Caribbean Sea about 65 km (40 miles) north of Venezuela. Aruba is about 100 km (60 miles) to the east and Bonaire is about 65 km (40 miles) to the west. The capital is Willemstad; there are no other major towns.
The land area is 444 km2 (171 sq. mi.), with a coastline spanning 364km. The climate is tropical (12 degrees from the equator), but the island is cooled by northeast trade winds. Average temperature is 27°C. Rainfall is most common from October to February, mostly at night. The landscape is generally hilly with a volcanic interior. The highest point of 372m (1,220 ft) is at Mount Christoffel (local name: Christoffelberg). Natural resources include phosphates and salt, but only 10% of the land is cultivable.
Hurricanes can occur between July and October but rarely threaten Curaçao which lies south of the Caribbean hurricane belt; only three have come near this century.