Traffic rules in Curaçao
The traffic rules in Curaçao cannot be compared to the structured traffic in The Netherlands. So here are some local traffic rules as they are used in Curaçao.
Traffic rules in Curaçao
- It is required by law to use your seatbelt. Make a habit of it, not because you can have a ticket, but for your safety.
- On Curaçao, the speed limit in built-up areas is 40km per hour and outside urban areas 60km per hour. Note: Adjust your speed limit.
- Keep your distance. The brake lights of many cars do not often operate. The people rarely give direction and even though when they give a direction it does not mean they actually take the turn.
- Traffic from right has priority, but be aware. There are some unclear traffic situations. In case of doubt; quietly wait.
- At a T-junction the traffic on the dead end must give way to the other traffic.
- Each roundabout has its own rules, which usually are not marked. On the roundabout traffic from right has priority.
- On quiet roads the traffic lights are often ignored. Always check if the intersection is clear, even by green light.
- Road signs are the same as in the Netherlands. Drive carefully and pay attention to the signs. A one way signs is the same as in the Netherlands however traffic may come from the opposite direction, be aware of this.
- On roads with two lanes you may overtake left as right.
- Park your car in lighted areas and never leave valuables in the vehicle behind. Car burglary is unfortunately a very common phenomenon.
- The traffic police in Willemstad also imposes wheel clamps!
- Always be prepared that there may be a large hole in the road. Curaçao has a number of poorly maintained roads.
- If you have caused a breakdown or an accident? Do not move your vehicle and call Curaçao Road Services via 199.
Other rules and manners!
- Lower your speed limit in the evenings and at night. Many drivers do not find it necessary to turn on the lights of their vehicle.
- By wet roads and rain, lower your speed and keep a distance the vehicle in front. The roads are extremely slippery (similar to ice in the Netherlands).
- Be aware of cars that suddenly stop in the middle of the lane. It may be that the driver knows someone and want to say hello.
- If a driver puts his arms out of the window this can have multiple meanings or simple nothing. For example: he wants to park; he goes into reverse; turn or saying hi.
- It may be that the path is blocked by 2 drivers who just want to have a chat. Stay calm, they drive further after a while.
- If you are planning to stop first press a few times the brakes and take a good look in the rearview mirror.
- If a car breaks down many people leave their car at the same place; with or without a flashing light and or with the hood open.
- For your own safety and that of others: Please do not stop along the road to take a picture of a donkey or iguanas. If you do so; find a safe parking place.
- Do not try to affoid lizards; they are very fast and you do not have to slow down for theme.
- Goats are another story. These animals often do not know what they want and may continue running back and forth on the road. Be patient! The goats will leave the road.