Bon Bini Island
With its delightful architecture, bustling commercial capital with a UNESCO World Heritage site and excellent history museums, Curaçao feels like a little piece of Europe on the edge of the Caribbean. That is, a little piece of Europe with glorious hidden beaches, amazing snorkeling and diving, and a wild undeveloped windward coast.
Curaçao has a surging economy beyond tourism, which means that Willemstad has factories, humdrum neighborhoods and sometimes bad traffic. If you’re looking for a Caribbean island that is busy setting its own pace, Curaçao is for you.
Curaçao is perfect because:
Do you want to have nice sunny weather (almost) all the time? Curaçao will provide it for you 🙂 It’s between 26 and 33 degrees Celsius.
Curaçao is located outside of the hurricane belt, so it’s generally considered a safe haven in the Caribbean. Also a short trip to South-America is not a problem.
Curaçao is of course known for her world-class beaches. Every beach (38 in total) has its own unique style, so not a day is the same.
The locals of Curaçao are known for their hospitality and easy way of living. Want to find peace? Curaçao is the solution.
Because of its geographic location the cuisine of Curaçao is comprised of indigenous culture mixed with a lot of foreign influences. It’s a world you’d really want to discover!
1. Why Curaçao?
Curaçao is a paradise for people who like the Caribbean lifestyle. The immersive training program of Coding on the Beach plus escaping the winter in the northern hemisphere is a match made in heaven. Learning to code in an easy and relaxed environment during an 8 week period is a once in a lifetime experience.
2. Is Curaçao a safe island to go to?
Our organisation will provide you the details on how to improve your safety awareness. Follow your goverment travel advice for this region.
3. What kind of weather can we expect when coming to Curaçao?
Curaçao is very close to the equator, which means that the island doesn't really know seasons. It’s almost always around 30 degrees Celsius. Sometimes there might be some rain, but the temperature is always good. There is no rain season. This combined with the nice Caribbean breeze makes Curaçao a very nice place to stay.
For more information on average temperatures: https://weather-and-climate.com/
4. Is Curaçao a large island?
It is the biggest of the A (Aruba), B (Bonaire) and C (Curaçao) islands. The surface is around 444 km2 and Curaçao has got about 150k inhabitants. During the high seasons a lot of tourists visit Curaçao, however Coding on the Beach takes place in the low season.
5. Which currency is used in Curaçao?
The currency in Curaçao is called the Antillean Guilder (Antilliaanse gulden). This currency is connected to the US Dollar.
6. What kind of activities can you do in Curaçao?
There are a lot of fun things to do in Curaçao. Especially for people who like water sports and outdoor activities the island has a lot to offer. Our travel partner CuraÇiao provides lots of activities like:
- Big game fishing
You want to join a real fishing adventure? Let us know and we will make it happen.
- Boattrip to the Spanish Water
The Spanish Water is the most luxurious part of Curaçao. This boat trip will give you a real VIP experience.
- Boattrip to the west coast of Curaçao
Do you want to visit the most beautiful beaches of Curaçao? Join this boat trip and visit the best beaches.
- Diving in Curaçao
Curaçao is one of the best spots in the world for diving. CuraÇiao offers all kinds of dive trips, so if you want to do an introduction or get your Paddy license, let us know.
- Buggy Tours
CuraÇiao works with the best and well known tourguide on the island, Danny van der Veen. He offers the most fun buggy tours on the most beautiful places on the island.
- Klein Curaçao
The Introduction Weekend starts on this beautiful uninhabited island. If you're interested to visit to Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao) more often, CuraÇiao can arrange that for you.
- Paddle Boarding
Do you like being on the water? Challenge yourself and join this adventurous activity. CuraÇiao also offers wind surfing.
- Dolphin Academy
CuraÇiao works together with the Dolphin Academy, one of the most favourite activities on the island. Always wanted to go for a dolpin swim? CuraÇiao will hook you up!
- Yoga lessons
Do you want to relax with a nice Yoga session? The session can be on location but also on the beach or in other public places.
These activities can be arranged on the spot. If you want information prior to your departure contact CuraÇiao.
7. Will the problems in Venezuela effect our stay in Curaçao?
No, tourists generally will not experience any difficulties from the problems in Venezuela. We will follow the situation in our neighbouring country very closely, so we can always update our guests.
8. Is Curaçao expensive, and what is a realistic budget per day?
You can compare it to The Netherlands in terms of doing groceries and going out for dinner in fancy or touristic places. Eating in local restaurants is very cheap. We can show you the best local places to go to. A reasonable budget for a day should be around €20,- / 43 nafl. You can also check this site for more information: http://www.budgetyourtrip.com/
9. Are there any restaurants or supermarkets close to our accommodation?
Yes, there are a lot of local restaurants and supermarkets and also several big fast food chains in the area.
10. Is it easy to visit other islands in the region?
Yes, it is. It does require some planning, but CuraÇiao is happy to assist with that. Additional visa requirements might apply.
11. What can we expect from the included activities and the weekly Cocktails & BBQ Fridays' parties?
The Introduction Weekend is an activity that takes place on Saturday, February 3rd, prior to the start of the Bootcamp on Monday, February 5th. We leave in the morning to sail to Klein Curaçao. This is a small uninhabited island an hour away from Curaçao. Here you will find a beautiful beach and scenery and have the opportunity to swim with sea turtles. Food and drinks on board are included. This is the perfect way to meet your teachers and fellow students for the following 8 weeks.
The weekly Cocktails & BBQ Fridays will kick-off the tropical weekend. Two Chefs will host this party with cocktails and local and international cuisine in a great atmosphere. These Chefs know how to throw a party!
The Farewell Party is a big surprise 😉
12. Are there any possibilities to rent a car?
Amongst others CuraÇiao offers rental car services on the island. It provides a wide range of cars. If you want to rent a car it’s very easy because CuraÇiao will handle this at your accommodation. Do you want to see which cars CuraÇiao has in stock? → www.curacaorentalcars.nl
13. Are there any health issues I need to know about Curaçao?
We always recommend to use a mosquito net and advise to never have stagnant water in the accommodation or the garden. You can also consult your local travel health care advisor and make sure you check the health information on www.who.int and www.paho.org.
If you have questions about specific health concerns, contact CuraÇiao.
14. Do I need a visa to enter Curaçao and what are the (passport) requirements for visa-free travelling?
Generally tourists with a valid passport (an identity card is not enough) may enter Curaçao without a written permit and may remain on the island for a period of up to 90 days.
Note that you need a valid passport for the duration of your stay (for Dutch not expiring before end of stay + 3 months and for non-Dutch persons not expiring before end of stay + 6 months). Note that several nationalities (e.g. Cuba, Haiti, Peru) do have to present a tourist visa as part of the entry requirements. A visa should be applied for at least one month in advance at any representation of The Netherlands (in the concerning country).
For more information, check the official Dutch Governmental visa information.
15. Is Coding on the Beach / CuraÇiao connected with the SGR?
CuraÇiao is member of the SGR (Stichting Garantie Reisfondsen). This means that if anything happens to CuraÇiao, the people who booked their vacation through CuraÇiao, will get a full refund of their money. Coding on the Beach and CuraÇiao have a partnership. The accommodation Coding on the Beach offers are booked through CuraÇiao.
16. Does Curaçao have problems with the hurricanes in the Caribbean?
Curaçao lies south of the hurricane belt. This means that Curaçao will have no major problems with the hurricanes who are active in the Caribbean. Hurricane Matthew and Irma resulted in some big waves.
When you join Coding on the Beach you will need an airplane ticket to go to Curaçao. You can buy one yourself, but you can also let our travel partner CuraÇiao arrange this for you.
CuraÇiao arranges a group discount for people flying from Schiphol Airport Amsterdam, The Netherlands. If you would like to join the flight, let us know so we can inform you if we have enough people to get a group discount.
If you are flying from another airport than Schiphol you can not join this group arrangement. Contact Paul Brink of Team CuraÇiao for further information.