CURACAO STRENGTHS KEY DATA
POLITICAL STRUCTURE  

KEY DATA

Location
Curacao is situated 35 miles off the coast of Venezuela,
12o North latitude and 69o West longitude.

Distance from major ports in nautical route miles:
1771 miles from New York City, New York
1147 miles from Miami, Florida
150 miles from La Guaira, Venezuela
450 miles from Cartagena, Colombia
742 miles from the Panama Canal
486 miles from San Juan, Puerto Rico

Size
Curacao is 61 km (38 miles) long, and ranges from 5 to 14 km wide and has a total area of 444 km2.

Coastline
Curacao is partly hilly, the coastline is mainly low with a sandy coral bottom. Close to the coastline there is deep water on all sides without submerged rocks, reefs or shallows.

Time
Curacao time (EST) is four hours behind Greenwich Time (GMT)

Temperature
The average yearly temperature is 82˚ F/ 28˚ C.
The average seawater temperature is 80.3˚ F/ 27˚ C.
Specific Gravity of the seawater is 1.025 (28˚C)

Wind
The prevailing trade wind directions vary slightly ENE to ESE, with an average velocity of 11 to 16 knots.

Hurricanes
Curacao lies outside the main hurricane belt.

Rainfall
The average rainfall is 553.6 mm per year.

Tides
The tidal range in the Ports of Curacao never exceeds two feet. As a rule, tide and tidal current may be disregarded.

Currents
The current usually sets about WNW near the shores of Curacao, with a maximum velocity of three miles per hour for short periods. The regular velocity is not more than half a mile per hour. Sometimes an easterly current occurs, but is of lesser strength. Near the St. Anna Bay entrance of Willemstad, in open sea, a current indicator is posted. Colored lights continuously indicate the direction and strength of the current at the harbor entrance.

Local holidays
Carnival Monday (the Monday after the carnival parade-February/March)
30 April: Queen’s day
1 May: Labor Day
2 July: Flag Day
21 October: Antilles Day

Health Services
Curacao’s up-to-date medical facilities include the St. Elisabeth Hospital with 600 beds. The services at this hospital are considered to be of high quality with a skilled medical staff and specialized units such as intensive care, dialysis, premature baby center, as well as decompression facilities.
Ambulance service is manned on a 24 hour basis. There are about seventy active general practitioners on the island and many specialists on the hospital staff.

Curacao Ports Authority. Werf de Wilde z/n.
P.O. Box 689. Curacao
Telephone: (599 9) 434 5999
Fax: (599 9) 461 3907
e-mail: info@curports.com