We spent two hurricane seasons on the hard
on Curaçao. It's not our favorite island, but we always felt safe. Our passage
from the Eastern Caribbean
started in Guadeloupe
, so we never got very close to Venezuela.
The fruit and vegetable vendors from Venezuela were a delight, but we've heard from our friends that they can't come to Curaçao anymore. I guess they need the food
Cruisers are herded into Spanish Waters, which is a secure anchorage but not very convenient to shopping
or dining out. After hauling, if you leave the boat for any time, it gets put into a customs
impound yard, and no one
can go aboard to do any work
or check for problems. The climate is very dry, though, so we had no difficulties other than a bit of dust.
The management at Curaçao Marine
is opinionated and stubborn, but you can work
with them if you are patient.