Alexander Rekeda considers the role of tourism in the economy of Curacao

Alexander Rekeda

March 12, 2021

Alexander Rekeda

Adventurous professional Alexander Rekeda reflects on past travel highlights and delves into tourism’s role in Curacao’s economy.

New Jersey resident and adventurer Alexander Rekeda has traveled extensively across the U.S., the Caribbean, parts of South America, Europe, and elsewhere. A particular fan of the Lesser Antilles island country of Curacao, Rekeda takes a closer look at the Dutch Caribbean nation’s economy as it relates to travel and tourism.

Curacao is a Lesser Antilles island nation in the Dutch Caribbean region located approximately 65 kilometers north of Venezuela. The country consists of Curacao’s main island, the capital of which is Willemstad, plus a much smaller neighboring island. This smaller second island, known as Little Curacao, is uninhabited, Alexander Rekeda reports.

Curacao’s economy centers largely around international trade, shipping, oil refinement, and global financial services. Another important sector, again central to the country’s economy, is travel and tourism, as Alexander Rekeda goes on to explain.

“Curacao enjoys a well-developed economy and one that supports a high standard of living for many of those who call the Lesser Antilles island nation home,” says Alexander Rekeda. Rekeda is a  keen traveler from Hoboken, New Jersey.

Thanks to its income from oil, shipping, global trade, and financial services, Curacao relies less on tourism than most other Caribbean countries. However, according to Alexander Rekeda, travel and tourism still play a significant role in the Curacaoan economy. “Curacao has become a leader in Caribbean cruise tourism in recent years,” he explains. “The country has also invested heavily in turning its airport into a regional hub,” adds jet-setting real estate expert Alexander.

Curacao is particularly popular with tourists interested in scuba diving and snorkeling. This, Rekeda says, is because divers can reach many of its stunning coral reefs without the need for a boat. “Curacao’s southern coast is especially notable for its many small beaches and calm waters,” he points out.

Among the best known of these beaches, Alexander Rekeda says, are Cas Abou and Jan Thiel. These and other similar beaches, bays, and inlets found across Curacao also reportedly lend themselves perfectly to mooring boats and other small vessels.