Geography of Curaçao
The only city on Curacao is Willemstad, located on the east side of the island. Punda ("point") and Otrobanda ("the other side") are the most famous districts of the city and together form the center. Between the two districts is the Sint Annabaai, which connects the harbor with the sea. Pedestrians can use the Emmabrug (also called a pontoon bridge) to cross the bay and motorists can use the Juliana Bridge. When the Emma Bridge is open to shipping, ferries sail up and down between the two shores. The rest of the island consists of small villages such as Westpunt, Grote Berg, Barber, Sint Willibrordus, Sint Michiel and Tera Corá.
Curaçao is located in the southwestern part of the Caribbean, at 12° north latitude and 68° west longitude. The island is about 70 km north of South America. It is a nine-hour flight from Amsterdam. Curaçao's area covers 444 square kilometers; length: 61 km; width: 5 to 14 km. Curaçao has 144,000 inhabitants. Some 40 to 50 different nationalities live on the island. Willemstad is the capital and the only city on the island.