Overview – The Curacao Real Estate Market
Located in the Southern Caribbean Sea just 40 miles north of the Venezuelan coast, the 171 sq mile (444 sq km) island of Curacao is, in many ways, unique. Like other Caribbean islands to the north, Curacao offers plenty of golden sand beaches and excellent diving. However, Curacao also shares many similarities to its sister islands Aruba, Bonaire, St Maarten and Saba, all of which were formally members of the Netherlands Antilles (Dutch Caribbean) until its dissolution in 2010. All share a common language (Dutch) and strong historical, cultural and social connections.
Today, Curacao is an independent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands with a population of 152,000 and a strong economy fuelled by the oil and financial sectors. With 40 golden sand beaches, golf courses and the beautifully preserved historical capital Willemstad (a UNESCO World Heritage site), tourism plays in important role in the economy too, attracting 441,226 stop-over tourists in 2016.
With a large rental pool to tap in to, the Curacao real estate market is growing and attracts American and European buyers. Property for sale in Curacao ranges from affordable villas to luxury vacation homes in locations including Blue Bay, Coral Estate, Jan Thiel, Jan Sofat and Santa Barbara Plantation around Spanish Water east of Willemstad.
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As specialists in luxury Caribbean property, we can introduce you to a wide selection of the finest residential property, land for sale and commercial real estate in Curacao.
Discover the most sought after real estate investment opportunities and benefit from unrivaled insight into the market.
To find your perfect property in Curacao, search our Curacao real estate listings.
Discover Blue Bay – Read our Guide to Blue Bay Real Estate.
Discover Coral Estate – Read our Guide to Coral Estate Real Estate.
Discover Jan Sofat – Read our Guide to Jan Sofat Real Estate.
Discover Jan Thiel – Read our Guide to Jan Thiel Real Estate.
Discover Spanish Water – Read our Guide to Spanish Water Real Estate.
Discover Willemstad – Read our Guide to Willemstad Real Estate.
Buying Property in Curacao
There are no restrictions on foreign buyers purchasing real estate in Curacao and, unlike other Caribbean islands, an Alien Landholding License is not required.
Once a Sale / Purchase Agreement has been concluded, you will be required to pay a 10% deposit which will be held in escrow by a Notary. Ownership of the property is normally transferred within 6-8 weeks, at which point you will sign the deed and make the final payment.
Buyers are required to pay a 4% Transfer Tax in Curacao.
There is also an annual Property Tax which ranges from 0.4% to 0.6% depending on the value of the property.
If you wish to live in Curacao permanently, you can apply for a residence permit. You will need to demonstrate proof of income and property ownership.
Mortgages in Curacao
Looking for financing to fund the purchase of property in the Caribbean?
Contrary to popular misconception, it is possible for foreign nationals looking to invest in Curacao real estate to apply for a mortgage.
Our partner – a very well respected international financial organization – offers mortgages for qualifying non-residents buying, building or improving a second home in Curacao.
For more information, see our page on: Caribbean mortgages.
Curacao – Land for Sale
Purchasing a lot of land provides you with a blank canvas and the opportunity to build your dream home in Curacao.
Whether you are looking for beachfront land or a centrally located lot, we’re here to help you find the perfect lot of land for sale in Curacao.
For larger parcels of land for commercial development, please see commercial real estate listings.
Saving on Your Purchase
You could save money when investing in Curacao real estate by using a foreign exchange expert to get the best rate for your property purchase. We have partnered with Halo Financial, a specialist in foreign exchange, to help you get the best exchange rates when making one-off or regular international payments for a property purchase in Curacao. To see how you could save money, read more: Foreign Exchange.
There are direct flights to Curacao from various cities across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Flights arrive at Curacao International Airport which is located on the eastern coast of the island, north of the capital Willemstad.
From the USA fly with AA from Miami, with Continental from Newark, with JetBlue from New York or with Delta from Atlanta.
Air Canada operates a flight to Curacao from Toronto.
From Europe, either fly with KLM from Amsterdam or fly to the USA and take a connecting flight.
Alternatively various airlines operate flights to Curacao from across the Caribbean and Central/South America, including Avianca (Colombia), Copa Airlines (Panama), Divi Divi Air (Bonaire), InselAir (Aruba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St Maarten), and LIAT (Trinidad).
Amsterdam to Curacao: 10 hours 05 mins
Atlanta to Curacao: 6 hours 15 mins
Miami to Curacao: 3 hours 00 mins
Newark to Curacao: 8 hours 35 mins
Toronto to Curacao: 7 hours 55 mins