Location, Climate and Weather
The custom-built Flamingo Villa is located at Rif St. Marie in Coral
Estate Resort near the tranquil village of St. Willibrordus on Curaçao.
The GPS coordinates are: 12.200774,-69.076138. The Villa is approximately
10 miles (17km) from the airport and 20 miles from downtown.
Curaçao, lying 40 miles off the northern coast of Venezuela, is the
largest of the Netherlands Antilles islands (Dutch Caribbean). The island
has a hilly countryside and an area of 171 square miles (444 km²), 38
miles long and 9 miles wide. [N12° W69°]
The climate of Curaçao is idyllic, with plenty of sunny weather and high
temperatures 78° F to 92° F (26C to 33C) all year round. The heat is moderated
by pleasant and almost constant trade winds (15-20 knots) blowing in from the
east. Curacao lies outside of the hurricane belt, but its tropical location
does foster occasional thunderstorms. The rainfall is sparse (22"/year) with
showers mostly occurring in short bursts between October – December, and
usually falls at night.
Curaçao is very different from other Caribbean islands. It has a population
of 150,000, representing over 90 different nationalities. Consequently you
will find a wide variety of restaurants, shops and attractions catering to
every taste. Due to the multi-cultural diversity of nationalities on the
island, four main languages are spoken fluently—English, Dutch, Spanish,
and the native language Papiamentu (born out of Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese,
French and African).
Most of the residents live in or near the capital Willemstad, a bustling
historical port. All ships enter the harbor from the St. Anna Bay where you
can find the famous floating pontoon bridge connecting the two parts of the
city, Otrobanda and Punda. Willemstad is an exotic blend of Dutch
architecture with colorful Caribbean pastels. Its outstanding historic
downtown is one of just six UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization) World Heritage sites in the Caribbean, with over
700 protected buildings.