Curacao has geared up for the winter season with a new branding campaign; a JetBlue nonstop, roundtrip flight from New York JFK on Thursdays that supplements its Tuesday and Saturday service; and six e-gates that enable travelers to pass through immigration in less than a minute.
Curacao also is served by daily flights from Miami on American Airlines and Insel Air and a weekly nonstop from Charlotte on American.
The Right Now in Curacao branding campaign kicks off the destination's five-year plan to drive destination awareness among more U.S.-based travelers by highlighting the island's heritage, which includes more than 55 cultures, its European architecture, its more than 35 beaches, historical landmarks and its location outside of the hurricane belt.
All foreign visitors are required to complete an online embarkation/disembarkation card at least 24 hours prior to their arrival in Curacao, which further speeds up the entry process.
Visitors can complete the card at www.edcardcuracao.com.
New excursions on the island include a dolphin-watch experience offered by the Dolphin Academy and Pelican Express, which features a 30-minute boat ride along Curacao's southern coast to spot the marine mammals at play in the open water. The tour departs every Sunday at 10:15 a.m. For details, visit www.dolphin-academy.com.
Curacao's signature Chichi dolls can be spotted around the capital of Willemstad sporting brightly colored dresses with island-inspired patterns. Chichi means "big sister" in the local dialect of Papiamento.
Serena Janet Israel, the doll's creator, launched a weekly, two-hour workshop where guests can design and paint their own Chichi dolls. For details, visit www.chichi-curacao.com.
On the dining front, a rooftop terrace called Koraal opened earlier this year atop Karakter, its sister restaurant, known for its stunning beachside vistas.
Koraal features a horseshoe-shaped bar with sea views from every seat as well as an adjacent infinity pool with chaise lounges for cocktail sipping and sunning.
The boutique Scuba Lodge, which is seaside in the trendy Pietermaai district, has renovated its restaurant's design with an open floor plan and a larger kitchen.
Its menu features an expanded selection of soups, salads, burgers, seafood and light bites.
For more information on Curacao, visit www.curacao.com.