Because of its history, the island's population comes from a number of ethnic backgrounds. There is an Afro-Caribbean majority of African descent, and also sizeable minorities of Dutch, Latin American, French, South Asian, East Asian, Portuguese and Levantine people. There are Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews.
The flora of Curaçao differs from the typical tropical island vegetation. Xeric scrublands are common, with various forms of cacti, thorny shrubs, evergreens, and the island's national tree, divi-divis.
Curaçao's highest point is the Sint Christoffelberg 375 m (1,230 ft). 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) off the coast of Curaçao, to the south-east, lies the small, uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao.
Curaçao has a semi-arid climate with a dry season from January to September and a wet season from October to December. The temperatures are relatively constant with small differences throughout the year.
The trade winds bring cooling during the day and the same trade winds bring warming during the night. The year's average maximum temperature is 31.2 °C (88 °F). The year's average minimum temperature is 25.3 °C (78 °F).
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