Must see places on Curaçao

Playa Porto Marie

Playa PortoMari is a gorgeous sandy bay in Curacao. It’s located on the private estate of Plantages PortoMari on the island’s west coast. Water enthusiasts will find the definition of paradise here with white coral sand beaches and clear, tranquil water. For an unforgettable diving and snorkeling experience, explore the island’s unique double reef, which can be easily reached from the beach. Those preferring terra firma can explore three nature trails (the Seru Matteo Trail, the History Trail, and the Bird Trail), which all start at the beach parking lot. They’re perfect for hikes but mountain bikers will also enjoy the ride.

Playa PortoMari is open daily. At the beachside bar and restaurant, visitors will find a great variety of tasty tropical drinks, local and imported beers, fresh juice drinks, not to mention delicious meals and beach bites.

Playa Kenepa

Two of the most popular beaches on Curacao are Playa Kenepa Grandi (Grote Knip) and Playa Kenepa Chiki (Klein Knip). Both are enormously popular with natives and visitors for the simple reason that the island’s stunning natural beauty can be enjoyed by people of all ages and cultures.

Located on the western side of Curacao, Playa Kenepa is a quieter and more sparsely populated region (Bandabou). If you’re looking for a way to spend a perfect, idyllic day relaxing on the beach, this is the place. Also check out the route of breathtaking coves along the coastline.

Both beaches are public, so there’s no entrance fee to enjoy these beautiful places. However, you’ll find umbrellas and beach beds to rent along with a variety of paddle boards, transparent kayaks and snorkeling gear.

Klein (Little) Curaçao

For those who like to explore, take a trip to Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao). Part of the Dutch country of Curaçao, this 1.7 square kilometer (170 ha; 0.66 sq mi) island is located in the Caribbean Sea on the southeast of Curaçao. There you’ll find an old lighthouse, beach house and a number of huts.

The island is flat and windy, and is a renowned mecca for divers, snorkelers, and sunbathers. Located fifteen miles off the southeast point of Curaçao, it’s a two-hour boat trip from Spanish Water.

Cas Abao Beach

What’s the definition of paradise? Cas Abao, an idyllic white sand beach with billowing palm trees and crystalline water as blue as the sky. You’ll find this gem at the northwest coast of Curaçao. Once you visit, you’ll understand why Cas Abao Beach has been named one of the most pristine beaches in Curaçao and is a magnet for families and water sports.

Check out the busy daiquiri bar to enjoy the most amazing daiquiris. Don’t miss the restaurant either, which is open daily for lunch and snacks.

Of course, no visit to Cas Abao Beach would be complete without experiencing the gorgeous blue waters. There are so many activities to choose from, whether it’s diving, snorkeling, kayaking, having fun on the banana boat, or jumping on the water trampoline. Cas Abao Beach offers nothing but fun in or out of the water.

Looking simply to relax and unwind? How about a massage by the beach? A masseuse will ease away your stress while you do nothing but listen to the blissful sound of the waves. No matter what you feel like doing, or not doing, a visit to Cas Abao Beach is the most enjoyable and relaxing day in paradise.

Dolphin Academy Curacao

If you’ve always wanted to swim with dolphins, you won’t want to miss the Dolphin Academy. It offers a variety of educational and enjoyable adventures such as the Dolphin Encounter, Dolphin Swim and Dolphin Snorkel, a wonderful experience with coastal Bottlenose Dolphins at sea and in a natural saltwater lagoon. Programs and courses are available for all ages.

Playa Lagun

You’ll find Playa Lagun beach near the village of Lagoon in the northwest of Curaçao. Tucked in a small bay, the beach is surrounded by an apartment complex. The beach is a popular starting point for snorkeling.

You’ll understand why when you visit the gorgeous beach at Playa Lagun. Popular with divers, snorkelers, fishermen, and natives, the rocky cliffs overlooking the long, narrow channel houses a massive variety of reef fish. It’s also a popular hangout for sea turtles who hope to catch treats from fishermen’s catches. A healthy drop off at the channel’s end houses a thriving and vibrant variety of corals and large sponges.

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Hato Caves

The Hato Cave, being more than 300.000 years old, is the biggest and most prominent cave on the island. Since 1991 the Hato Cave was officially open to the public after undergoing an intensive upgrading by the Government of Curacao to make it accessible by foot. Nowadays, the Curacao Hato Cave can be considered the most beautiful and public friendly cave of the island.

Curacao is formed in layers going up in height, which are called ‘terraces’. While most caves are to be found in the second terrace, the Hato Cave is uniquely found in the third terrace of the island. So in order to reach the entrance of this unique upstairs limestone cave, you’ll have to walk up 49 steps. This may sound like a lot, but it’s actually quite doable! And once upstairs you are rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the area and a nice cool breeze.

Entrance:
Ages 4-12: Ang. 12,25 or $7.-
Ages 13-up: Ang. 15,75 or $9.-

Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge

Don’t miss a visit to the Queen Emma Bridge, a pontoon bridge located across St. Anna Bay in Curaçao. It connects Punda and Otrobanda, the two halves of the capital city, Willemstad. The hinged bridge opens regularly to allow oceangoing vessels to pass and to allow access to one of the world’s busiest ports. Take a walk across the bridge to admire the wonderful views or to watch the passing ships.

Shete Boka National Park

Natura lovers will enjoy the 10+ gorgeous Bokas (inlets), which are home to three species of turtle’s nests. Shete Boka means 'seven inlets’ and is named after an environmental group, Amigu di Tera, that offered excursions along the seven bays in the area (even though there are more than seven inlets in the park). Start the adventure at the impressive Boka Tabla to experience the massive waves crashing against an underground cave.

Punda & Otrobanda

In Willemstad, visitors will find a great selection of shops and tourist activities. There are four quarters in the historic city center: the Punda and Otrobanda, both separated by the Sint Anna Bay, an inlet leading into the large, natural harbor of Schottegat. There are also the Scharloo and Pietermaai Small quarters located adjacent to each other in the smaller Waaigat harbor. The Curaçao synagogue, the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas, is located in Willemstad. The city center’s scenic harbor entry and unique architecture are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Playa Grandi (Playa Piscado)

Beautiful dive site near the town of West Point. You can see beautiful fields of corals and gorgonians. Snappers, trumpet fish and turtles are permanent residents. The turtles are in the shallow area around 5 meters. Playa Piscado is a typical fishing beach with authentic Curacao fishing boats and nets. After a short swim you will see the statue of Neptune. This statue was sunk by the fisherman to enforce a safe return and a good catch.

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