Driving In Curacao

Like the other Islands in the Netherland Antilles –Aruba and St Martin, Curacao drives on the right. Seat belts are compulsory and children under the age of 12 must travel in the back seat of the car, with under-4’s in a child seat. The speed limit in Curaçao is 45 kilometers per hour in cities, towns, and residential areas, and can be 60 to 80 kilometers per hour on  roads outside towns. Right turns at red lights are not allowed. On two lane roads overtaking is allowed on either side. Generally, most roads are paved but they have a tendency to become slippery when wet so caution should be exercised after rain. You’ll notice that traffic slows considerably even after light rain. In the rainy season (October-January), some roads are closed, generally unpaved roads in the west of the Island. Driving can be busy in the main town (Willemstad), but is very quiet outside town.  Roads away from towns may not be lit so when driving at night you should be alert to pedestrians or animals in the road.

Curacao Car Rental

Alamo, Hertz, Europcar, Sixt , National , Avis and Budget have outlets on the Island.

Some local options are –


This local company rent out modernised Citroen 2CVs complete with ipod docks, sun roofs and funky paint jobs. They also have outlets on Majorca and Ibiza in the Spanish Balearics.


A full list of local car rental companies can be found on this site-

Curacao Self Drive Rules

Visitors from most countries are able to rent a car using their own licence, providing they have two years driving experience. Most rental companies require drivers to be 25 years old. Most companies don’t allow vehicles to be driven off the Island.

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