Curaçao is one of the Caribbean’s most sophisticated capitals. Don’t miss the Maritime Museum, the Sea Aquarium, and the Curaçao Postal Museum to see bright Antillean stamps. Visit the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the Caribbean’s oldest continuously operating synagogue, with a fine display on the island’s Jewish history. The winter-time Curaçao Carnival boasts parades with floats, Jump Ups (outdoors), Jump Ins (indoors) and outrageous costumes. Serious divers come for the spring Curaçao Dive Festival to participate in a weeks’ worth of workshops such as Underwater Digital Photography.
The western shores have a series of beautiful beaches, each one occupying a separate cove: popular Daaibooi, tiny Playa Lagun, and Knip, which opens onto a large bay of luminous water.
Also in the west is Christoffel Park. Drive, hike, or ride a horse through kadushi cactus, tamarind, divi-divi trees and lignum vitae trees, the road curving upward to amazing vistas of Mount Christoffel.
Curaçao also hosts a jazz festival, a gospel festival, a food festival and a kite competition. The locally famous Jazz Night at Blues Restaurant on a pier overlooking the sea is not to be missed. Classy, joyful and mellow, it’s the perfect summary of what’s so appealing about Curaçao.
Legal Requirements for getting married in Curacao
Waiting period: 3 days residency, written notification at least two months prior to wedding date. The legal 10 day period between notification of your wedding and performing it is effective two weeks after all the documents have arrived at the Register Office.
Applicants must be living outside the Netherlands Antilles
More than one wedding date must be provided when the written notification is sent
Curacao Marriage License Fee:
US $18 (approximate) for the marriage certificate; Identification Needed for a Curacao Marriage License :
Send a written marriage petition to the town hall.
The letter has to be signed by both partners.
- Send two wedding dates with times.
Birth certificates with the parents' names.
International declaration of unmarried status by the civil registration of
your hometown and an apostille/legalization.
If divorced or widowed, bring a copy of divorce decree or a death certificate
plus an apostille/ legalization of proof required. Apostilleà form of legalization.
This has to be done at the Netherlands embassy in your country of residence.
Please note that none of these documents can be older than 6 months by the time of the wedding.
If you choose to bring a witness from home, he or she must be 21 years of age.
When you register a witness you need their full names, address and date of birth.
The witness will need a copy of valid passport. The witnesses should apply for
temporary residence. The wedding planner can also arrange for local witnesses.
Photocopy of passports.
These requirements need to be original and recent and apostille.
Although we provide this information it is subject to change and you must contact the tourist board or consulate to verify these requirements.