By Rental Car -- Driving in CuraƧao is easy. Valid U.S., British, Australian, and Canadian licenses are honored. The minimum age to rent for many companies is 25. Driving is on the right side, and road signs use international symbols. Avis (tel. 800/331-1084;, Budget (tel. 800/472-3325 in the U.S., or 599/9-839-1300;, and Hertz (tel. 800/654-3001 in the U.S., or 599/9-868-1182; have offices at the airport. Compact cars with manual transmissions start at about $40 per day plus taxes and insurance.

By Taxi -- Most taxis are metered, but drivers in unmetered cabs carry an official rate sheet. Fares rise 20% after 8pm and some go up a few dollars more after 11pm and on holidays. Drivers appreciate a 10% tip. The $20 trip from the airport to Willemstad can be split among four passengers. Each piece of oversize luggage is an extra $1. In town, taxis are easiest to get on the Otrobanda side of the floating bridge. You can also call tel. 599/9-869-0752. Taxi island tours are $50 per hour for up to four passengers. Taber Tours (tel. 599/9-868-7012 or 567-6770; specializes in hotel transfers and island tours for big groups.

By Bus -- Most of the large hotels operate a free shuttle to Willemstad's shopping districts, but public transportation is limited. Large yellow buses (also called "convoys") cover the most traveled urban routes, and bus terminals are outside the post office on the Waaigat inlet in Punda and next to the underpass in Otrobanda. Fares in town and east of Willemstad are $1, and may be more to the western end of the island. Buses run most city routes hourly, every 2 hours for points west, and less frequently on Sunday. Shaded bus benches dot the main roads.


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.