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The Pros and Cons of Living on the Island of Curaçao

Kimberly Martis is a Dutch Caribbean freelance writer. She writes about culture, beauty, tv-shows, music, movies, odd jobs, and fiction.


Do you ever think about moving to an island? If you do and the island of Curaçao is one of the islands, you’re considering moving to then this article is for you. It consists of the most important pros and cons of living on the island of Curaçao.

Pros of Living on the Island of Curaçao

The environment

There are a lot of beautiful beaches that you can enjoy on a daily. The sand is white, the water is blue and the view is breathtaking. The buildings and houses are colorful as a lot of them are painted blue, pink, green, orange or yellow. The nature of the island is also very beautiful. The trees, plants, and animals. They are all amazing. The island is small so you can easily get from one side of the island to the other. You will not have to drive for hours to get anywhere on the island.


The locals mainly speak Papiamentu as it is their native language. Besides Papiamentu they also speak other languages. Dutch is one of those languages. You can speak Dutch everywhere on the island as it is also one of the official languages. And off course they also speak English on the island. And if that isn’t enough most of the natives also speak Spanish.


Cons of Living on the Island of Curaçao

The infrastructure

The roads on the island of Curacao are really bad. There are potholes everywhere, unfinished roads, missing markings on the roads and so much more. This makes driving on the island pretty dangerous and it shows. Because of the bad condition of the roads, there are a lot of car accidents on the island.

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Public transportation

There aren’t any metros, trams or trains on the island. Therefore, if you rely on public transportation the bus or a cab are your only options.

Bad economy

The economy on the island has been bad for many years. There are a lot of locals that live in poverty because of it. It’s hard to find a (good paying) job and the prices of daily items keep on rising. At the moment there are no signs of improvement concerning the economy.

© 2019 Kimberly Martis


Lola on March 25, 2020:

How is the job market for professionals seeking to work in Oral health?

Kimberly Martis (author) on April 28, 2019:

Thank you for the feedback Liz!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 24, 2019:

This is a very balanced article. It sounds like a beautiful place, but nowhere is perfect and you have given us both sides of the picture.

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