La Curacao is a Curacao based retail shop for electronics, home furnishings, entertainment, gifts, services and much more. A distributor, wholesaler, La Curacao has multiple locations throughout the island.
Discounts and Products
As a department store, the retail establishment specializes in satisfying a wide range of the consumer’s personal and residential durable goods product needs. At the same time it aims to offer the consumer a choice of multiple merchandise lines, at variable price points, in all product categories. La Curacao Super Stores sells products including apparel, furniture, home appliances, electronics, and additionally select other lines of products such as paint, hardware, toiletries, cosmetics, photographic equipment, jewelry, toys, and sporting goods. You will also definitely find discount items and some of the cheapest retail prices in the Netherland Antilles. Its extremely low prices are extremely appealing. The quality of its wares varies. See the comments from our users below on how satisfied they were with their purchases there. If you have a story to share about your experience at La Curacao Super Store in Willemstad, do add it as a message below and click on the star rating system.
Discount department stores commonly have central customer checkout areas, generally in the front area of the store. The main La Curacao is located on Jan Noorduynweg (see this map from amerpages), other stores are situated throughout the island.
Other stores comparable to La Curacao on the island are Goisco Wholesale Club and Best Deals N.V.. You can find a whole directory for Curacao Department Stores on Curacao Yellow Pages.
Cunard’s new ship, Queen Elizabeth left New York City on Jan. 13. She headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and from there to Curacao, a small island in the Caribbean, where she arrived on Jan. 19. The trip of 1,945 miles was commonly made in the 17th century; both Manhattan and Curaçao were once governed by the Dutch West India Company.
In 1624, the Dutch settled on Governors Island in New York Harbor, moving to Manhattan in 1625. In 1626, Peter Minuit made his famous real estate purchase buying Manhattan from the native Leni Lenape Indians for around $24. Eight years later, in 1634, the Dutch arrived in Curacao, previously occupied by the Spanish, and kicked them out. With some interludes, Curacao has been governed by the Netherlands or affiliated with it ever since.
In Curacao, the Dutch legacy is obvious even more than it is in New York City. Both sides of St. Anna Bay, the deep harbor that bisects Curacao’s capital, Willemstad, are lined with brightly painted buildings in the Dutch colonial style. Many of them date from the early 18th century. In fact, Willemstad is one of six UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) World Heritage sites in the Caribbean, with 765 buildings that have been declared “national monuments.”
But though New York City has buried and overwritten much of its Dutch past, Willemstad’s history still exists in ways that this Caribbean town makes evident. Both cities were founded for commercial reasons and owe their existence to their deep, natural harbors. The Dutch were interested in trade, not in ideology either political or religious. Both New York City and Curacao are cosmopolitan and multiethnic, and were from the beginning. Shortly after the Dutch erected Fort Amsterdam at the foot of the old Indian trail that New Yorkers now call Broadway, 18 languages were spoken in their little colony. Similarly, Willemstad, which now has a population of 135,000, is home to people of 55 nationalities.
At one time, one man governed both Curaçao and Nieuw Amsterdam and the land stretching north along the Hudson River and south of it, which the Dutch called Nieuw-Nederland (New Netherland). Peter Stuyvesant, born at Scherpenzeel, Friesland, in 1610, arrived in Curaçao in 1638 as the Dutch West India Company’s chief commercial officer. In 1643, he was appointed Curaçao’s governor. His bosses back in the Netherlands instructed him to evict the Spanish from St. Martin, which he attempted to do in 1644. He was unsuccessful and lost his right leg in the battle. He went back to the Netherlands to recuperate and married a woman named Judith Bayard while he was there (hence the name Bayard Street in Chinatown). On Dec. 25, 1646, they sailed for America, landing in Nieuw Amsterdam on May 11, 1647. Stuyvesant was now director general of the New Netherland colony, where he had a lot on his hands: skirmishes with the Indians and the English and an obstreperous population in the colony. Stuyvesant, the son of a Calvinist minister, did not approve of his constituents’ boisterous way of life. He was an effective governor in many ways, but definitely not popular.
One of the things he had in mind was to encourage trade between Curaçao and New Netherland. The northern colony could provide food for the arid Caribbean island in exchange for horses, salt and slaves. Between 1640 and 1795, the Dutch sold an estimated 90,000 Africans as slaves in Curaçao. Peter Stuyvesant himself had a slave camp in Curaçao. At Kura Hulanda in the Otrobonda neighborhood of Willemstad is a museum recording that ignominious history.
Stuyvesant’s trade plan didn’t work. Both Curaçao and the merchants of New Netherland found it more profitable to trade with their neighbors “sometimes illicitly” than to haul goods back and forth for thousands of miles each way. Nevertheless, the African Burial Ground near Foley Square in Lower Manhattan is a testament to the slave labor that helped build New York City.
Stuyvesant himself prospered in Nieuw Amsterdam. He bought a 300-acre farm north of the city wall and also had a townhouse with gardens near what is now Whitehall St. His two sons were both born in Nieuw Amsterdam.
However, in September 1664, four English warships arrived in Nieuw Amsterdam Harbor. The English king, Charles II, wanted to give the colony to his brother, James, the Duke of York. Stuyvesant wanted to fight. The colonists didn’t. On Sept. 7, 1664, Stuyvesant conceded to the English and the city became New York.
Stuyvesant and his family went back to the Netherlands, but they returned to America in 1668. The former director general retired to his farm and died there in February 1672. He was buried in what is now St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.
[Source New York City and Curaçao: The Dutch connection The Villager]
Curacao has been ranked in the top destinations by USA Today Travel section:
It’s not every day the world gets a new country. But 2011 will mark Curacao’s first full year as an autonomous nation within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, adding a new chapter to the island’s rich history. Among its first orders of business is making itself more accessible to Americans and Canadians. So be on the lookout for more flights and hotel rooms that will put the island’s warm waters and colorful architecture a little closer to visitors in need of a dose of upscale Caribbean relaxation. New offerings include newly launched Continental service from Newark, and a new Hyatt Regency set to open in April.
(Source: USA Today Top Travel Destinations for 2011)
Curaçao one of the Netherlands Antilles islands, lies 33 miles north of Venezuela and 42 miles east of Aruba, outside of the usual hurricane belt. It is therefore favorably located at the crossroads of Caribbean trade routes and for investors seeking the U.S., Canadian, European and Latin American markets.
The Netherlands Antilles and Aruba form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Since January 1, 1986 Aruba has been a separate country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Curacao of Curacao has been an autonomous part within the Dutch Kingdom since 1954, has its own legal system and court cases can be appealed in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Curaçao takes care of its own domestic affairs, common interests such as defense and foreign affairs come under the jurisdiction of the Kingdom government. Curaçao is recognized in the international financial community as a politically stable, safe and competitive jurisdiction for Captive insurance companies.
The economy of Curaçao is mainly based on tourism, oil refining and international financial services. It has a vast network of banks, trust and investment companies, lawyers, notaries public, accountants, management companies etc. Telephone, telefax and other communication tools are state of the art. Curacao is easy to reach by air and regular services are maintained from the U.S. and Europe.
Through the BRK (Belasting Regeling Koninkrijk), the tax arrangement of the Kingdom of the Netherlands a Netherlands Antilles company has access to the extensive tax treaties network of the Netherlands. The Netherlands Antilles and Curacao in particular have therefore over the years developed into a reputable financial center for the offshore world.
The local currency is the Netherlands Antillean Guilder (NAF) which is pegged to the US dollar. Since 1973, the exchange rate has remained fixed at Naf. 1,79. to US$ 1.00, evidencing a stable monetary environment.
The rates of other currencies are based on their rate of exchange to the U.S.dollar.
The official language is Dutch, however most of Curacao diverse population of approx. 160.000,00 is quadrillingual speaking Dutch, English and Spanish as well as the native language Papiamento. A few words of the latter will carry you a long way but if there is one word to remember to discover the local cuisine, it is pastechi! Don’t forget to wash it down with a fancy cocktail.
The Caribbean weather of Curacao is extremely clement. Average temperature for Curacao year-round is a perfect 28°C (82°F). High noon is a bit warmer and at night it can get breezy, but mostly you”ll be fine in shorts and T-shirt. The island is fairly dry, averaging a little over 1in (2.5cm) of rain per month. Much of this falls from September to early December. The islands usually miss the Caribbean hurricane season, although with the trend of climatic changes experienced worldwide they tend to be more frequent.
The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) honored the capital city Willemstad, by designating it a World Heritage Site because of its striking Dutch colonial architecture. Curacao is also a choice location for celebrities and elite travelers.
Best sights and activities in Curacao:
Pastel-painted buildings along Willemstad’s waterfront
Queen Emma pedestrian floating bridge
Kura Hulanda Museum and restored historic village
The Animal Encounters dive at the Sea Aquarium
The Hato Caves
Water-carved cliffs and caverns at Shete Boca National Park
Driving routes and hikes through Christoffel National Park
The orchards and recreated slave village of Hofi Pachi Sprockel
Curaçao’s tourist attractions are spread throughout the island with museums, galleries and architectural sights centrally located in Willemstaad and plenty of rural and coastal scenery along the southern, western and northern shores.
Curaçao’s taxis are identifiable by a rooftop sign and a license plate with the letters TX. Each taxi-driver should carry an ID badge and a tariff confirming metered and fixed-rate prices. Costs relate to a standard four person carriage, including luggage. Make sure to set the price of your course before taking off. A taxi ride from the airport to downtown or to your hotel will be charged between $35 and $50.
Renting a car or a 4×4 jeep is the easiest way to access Curaçao’s best beaches and dive spots. A number of rental agencies have desks at the airport and at larger hotels. Driving is on the right side of the road but be prepared to circumvent donkeys, goats and chickens. The maps are definitely clear but no one seems to know street names. Learn the local landmarks. Check our our user reviews to find the cheapest rates for car rentals in Curacao and compare ratings between the major car rental companies.
Small private buses will transport you all over the island. The minibuses and shared minivans referred to as buses don’t follow a set schedule but you can catch them frequently at all bus stops signaled as “Bus Halte”. The license plates of buses are marked BUS. Main bus terminals are located in Punda and Otrobanda.
With the Caribbean weather warming the island all year long, walking long distances across the island is not an option. However, it is definitely recommended to visit Otrabanda and Punda on foot.
Creation of Stichting Uniek Curacao (Foundation Uniek Curacao)
Stichting Uniek Curacao (Foundation Uniek Curacao) was created in 1991 as a non for profit organization. The governmental run Curacao Tourism and Development Bureau initiated the Tourism Awareness Program project which culminated in a multimedia presentation entitled Uniek Curacao. The conclusion of the presentations showed that 9% of Curacao attractions were unknown to the island inhabitants and tourism industry and therefore were very unlikely to be advertised to the islands visitors. The impact this study had upon members of the community, tourism industry and local ecologists was considerable. A workgroup was then formed, also carrying the name Uniek Curacao, consisting of the project’s core members and hosts of the tourism industry.
Structure of Uniek Curacao
From its beginnings the foundation Uniek Curacao has grown into an organization that includes directors, full-time and part-time employees and hosts interns every year.Â It occupies a building directly on the harbour side at Otrabanda. Uniek Curacao has recently broadened its focus from promoting the island’s Eco treasures to tourists to one of making the same activities available to the entire Curacao community.
Mission of Uniek Curacao
The organizationâ€™s goal is to maintain and improve the physical and social environment of the island and secure the livability of Curacao for both locals and visitors. Uniek Curacao’s mission is to promote the island of Curacao in the most ecological and sustainable way. With Curacao’s ideal weather, cruises and tourism are at their best in this Caribbean island. Stichting Uniek Curacao sees eco tourism as a responsible way to showcase the islandâ€™s culture, history and nature in the best possible way. The foundation motto is “konose bo isla”, which translates from the local language of papiamentu into “know your island”. Uniek Curacao also acts as a resource center for many local associations. Island authorities, local trainees, students, and the unemployed can make good use of Uniek Curacaoâ€™s considerable archives and resources. The organizationâ€™s materials are available at no cost to people who are involved in any aspect of the responsible promotion of the island’s ecology or culture.
Involvement with Curacao Actief
In 2004 Foundation Uniek Curacao was one of the founding partners of Curacao Actief. Curacao Actief has for mission to improve the marketing abroad of Curacao’s hidden treasures. Curacao-Actief advertises itself as one of the Caribbean’s top friendly adventure tour operators. Their tours includes eco jeep tours, island tours, snorkel toursÂ and beach tours. If your interest is uniquely to hire a car, you should use our car rental comparison tool.