The rogue abandoned ghost island amid a Caribbean paradise

No infinity pools, no tuxedoed cocktail bar staff . No palm-fringed golf courses. Klein Curacao, which lies 15 miles to the south-east of the Dutch outpost of Curacao. Is a rogue island in a Caribbean paradise – uninhabited.

Barren, scarred with shipwrecks and graves . And blighted by a grisly history. To quarantine slaves it was transporting between Africa . And Curacao who had become sick on the journey.

Klein Curacao, which lies 15 miles to the south-east of the Dutch outpost of Curacao. Is a rogue island in a Caribbean paradise – uninhabited. Barren, scarred with shipwrecks and graves, and blighted by a grisly history. Image courtesy of Falco Ermert, who posted this to his Flickr account
A lighthouse was built on a plot in the centre of the island in 1850. (and rebuilt twice after being destroyed by hurricanes)
The shipwreck of the oil tanker Maria Bianca Guidesman. Which ran aground off the coast of Klein Curacao in the 1960s

Klein Curacao

The tiny island, which measures just half a square mile, became their final resting place. Lots of graves are still visible on the south side. So In the 1600s the island have been relatively verdant – but goats.

And mining in the 19th century stripped out the minerals from Klein Curacao’s soils. The process began in 1871 and English mining engineer John Godden.Hi discovered that droppings from seabirds . Could convert limestone into phosphate.

In the 17th century Klein Curacao was used by the Dutch West India Company . To quarantine slaves it was transporting between Africa and Curacao . Who had become sick on the journey.
Conditions off the Klein Curacao shorelines. Particularly on the south side, are particularly unforgiving
The lighthouse on the island has been rebuilt twice . After being devastated by hurricanes

Shipwrecks

In 1888, the Germany navy tried to set up a naval base on Klein Curaçao. They left the island by ‘windswept conditions’. Since then, the only visitors have been fishermen . Day-tripping tourists and shipwrecked mariners.

Conditions off the Klein Curacao shorelines. Particularly on the south side, are unforgiving. A lighthouse was on in the centre of the island in 1850 . But that hasn’t always been enough to prevent disaster.

There are several shipwrecks around the coastline. The most famous being that because of the oil tanker Maria Bianca Guidesman. Which ran aground in the 1960s. Another visible shipwreck is a luxury sailing yacht from France. Which suffered extensive damage in 2007. Fortunately, all on board survived.

Little Curacao

Especially with snorkelers and divers . Keen to explore its incredible reefs and underwater caves. Onshore, there is no infrastructure – the island is a designated conservation area.

Day trips to Klein Curacao, are popular. Especially with snorkelers and divers . seen to explore its incredible reefs and underwater caves
Pristine: Klein Curacao is a designated conservation area, so developments are barred
Mermaid Boat Trips and Irie Tours . Both run trips to Klein Curacao.

So That means the key activities are lying around . Because of on beautiful white-sand beaches . Soaking up the sun, and though the historical lighthouse can be viewed. Mermaid Boat Trips and Irie Tours . Both run trips to Klein Curacao lockdowns permitting. The former owns a beach house . Which offers one of the few shaded areas on the island.

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