Caribbean Islands
(Christoffelberg 377 m)

Curaçao is a Caribbean island. Formerly part of the Netherland Antilles.

Curaçao is the largest and most populous of the three ABC islands  (for Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao) of the Lesser Antilles.

Curaçao is more or less formed on limestone formations set on top of eons-old volcanic rock. A coral reef that grew on top of a submarine volcano during millions of years, because of a continual subsidence of the volcano and the sea floor. But when the sea level dropped because of the Ice Ages, the coral reef formed the island of Curaçao and the limestone of the reef was subject to weathering.

The west end of the island is also characterized by extensive hilly terrain, most of it encompassed by Christoffel Park with the highest mountain of Curaçao, Mt. Christoffel (377 m). The east end of the island is mostly barren plain, with few settlements.

Other summits are the Tafelberg (230 m) situated in the southeast of Mt. Christoffelberg ans the Mt. Antonieberg (172 m). Sint Eustatius island

Netherland Antilles 1976, Tafelberg on Curaçao island. Sint Eustatius island stamp 1988

Netherland Antilles 1988, Tafelberg on Curaçao island.



Mount Christoffel Curacao stamp timbre Briefmarke francobolli

Curaçao 2014, Southern Crested Caracara
(Caracara plancus)

The Mt. Christoffel in the background.
The stamp was issued in the series "Birds of prey".