Curacao

Nice Beaches of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

 

Curaçao’s beaches are concentrated on the southern coast, especially the western side.

Find these from Kaap St. Marie up to Westpunt.

– Playa Grote Kenapa, also known as Big Knip is a large sand beach west of the town of Lagun.

– Playa Kalki, also know as Alice in Wonderland, is located at the far west end of the island past the town of Westpunt. Kura Hulanda Lodge has a restaurant at the beach and Ocean Encounters West which is a full service dive shop. For a small fee, you have use of a dive locker for storage of personal items while diving/snorkeling and use of fresh water showers and equipment cleaning area.

– Westpunt Beach

– Playa Kleine Kenapa, also known as Little Knip is another beach past the town of Lagun. It is a nice secluded beach with plenty of shade trees if you desire to stay out of the direct sun. The bar/restaurant on this site operates on a sporadic schedule, so visit prepared.

– Playa Jeremi is a small secluded beach slightly north of Lagun. There are no facilities here.

– Playa Lagun, is a secluded bay towards the western end of the island in the town of Lagun. It is a small sandy beach on a rectangular shaped bay with tall cliffs on each side. The waters adjacent to the cliffs is excellent place for snorkeling. Both sides of the bay along the cliffs are teaming with a wide variety of marine life and corals. The left side of the bay has a greater variety of underwater structure for a better experience. The beach has the Discover Diving Curaçao dive shop which also has a small restaurant.

– Playa Porto Mari is a large beach with a full service restaurant, and a complete dive dive shop including fresh water showers and restrooms operated by Porto Mari Sports

– Cas Abao is a beach on a plantation. It is a long stretched sandy beach with lots of facilities including huts, beach chairs, restaurant, fresh water showers and bathrooms.

– Hook’s Hut is located on the Piscadera Bay. The location is a short drive a few miles west of downtown Willemstad near The Marriott and Hilton hotels. It has many beach amenities including showers/bathrooms, Hook’s dive center and an excellent full service restaurant.

– Kontiki Beach is is about a ten minute drive east from downtown Willemstad near Breezes hotel. Kontiki is a full service beach offering watersports, shops, beachbar and a restaurant.It is also serviced by Ocean Encounters dive center.

– Mambo Beach is next door to Kontiki beach and is the place where locals and tourists alike visit for the nightlife partying here.

– Seaquarium Beach

– Jan Thiel Beach

– Caracasbaai

– Barbara Beach

 

Curacao

Sights and Things to Do on Curacao, Netherlands Antilles

 

A travel tip about things you might like to do and see on Curacao.

– Queen Juliana Bridge, Willemstad. At 185 feet, this is highest bridge in the Caribbean (and one of the tallest bridges in the world.) The bridge overlooks St. Anna Bay as well as Willemstad. Note: The observation platform has been closed to pedestrian traffic.

– Queen Emma Bridge (a.k.a “The Swinging Old Lady”), Willemstad. A floating pontoon bridge that links the “Punda” (Point Side) and the “Otrobanda” (Other Side) of the Willemstad across the Sint Annabaai Channel. You get to see the bridge open and close to away marine traffic into St. Anna Bay. (In the event the bridge is open for a prolonged time, there is a ferry service across the channel as well.)

– Christoffel National Park, A national park that is run by the by the Carmabi Foundation. Christoffel National Park is home to Boca Grandi, Indian caves where you can see paintings left by the Arawak Indians and Mount Christoffel. (At 1292 feet high, Mount Christoffel is the highest point in Curacao.) Address: West Point , Tel: +(5999)/864-0363,

– Shete Boka National Park, A national park also run by the by the Carmabi Foundation, Shete Boka is home to the “7 boca’s” including Boca Tabla and Boca Pistol (also known as “The Shooting Pistol”) In season, some of the boca’s serve as sea turtle breeding grounds. Address: West Point, Tel: +(5999)/864-0444,

– Curacao Sea Aquarium, Home of the Dolphin Academy. This is one of the most popular attractions in Curacao. If you wish to do a Dolphin activity book as early as possible! $entry price (depends on activity you choose BUT paying for an activity (such as something at the Dolphin Academy) gets you entry to all of the Aquarium. Address: Bapor Kibra Z/N, Tel: +(5999)/461-6666,

– Hato Caves, Open 7 days a week, with tours 2 times a day. Coral and limestone caves that was carved out below the sea and born when the sea level dropped. There are beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations as well as water pools and a waterfall. The cave is also home to a colony long nose fruit bats. (Because of the colony, photography is limited and not allowed in certain chambers.) Address: F.D. Rooseveltweg Z/N, Tel: +(5999)/868-0379.

– Curacao Ostrich & Game Farm, Santa Catharina. The Curacao Ostrich Farm is one of the biggest Ostrich farms outside Africa. The tour takes you around the ostrich pens and incubator. Meat from this farm is shipped to Aruba (Ostrich is a red meat, which is high in protein and low in fat.) Address: Tel: +(5999)/747-2777.

– Fort Amsterdam, The seat of the Netherlands Antilles, Fort Amsterdam sits at the mouth of the harbor at the end of the Sint Annabaai Channel on the point. The complex has restaurants, shops as well as the Governors Palace. Address: Punda Side, Willemstad.

– Fort Nassau, was built on the hill to defend both St. Anna Bay as well as part of the city of Willemstad. The fort is open for tours and there is also a restaurant that overlooks the bay. Address: Willemstad

– The Floating Market, the “floating market” is actually a mini boat fleet that comes in from Venezuela and sells ultra fresh fish and fruit at the best prices. Address: Punda Side, Willemstad.

– Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, with a sand floor and museum containing ancient artifacts Address: Tel: 599-9-4611067,

– Museum Kura Hulanda, open Daily from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. This anthropological museum chronicles the African slave trade as well as the cultures of Curacao. Entry: $9 Address: Willemstad. Phone: +5999 434 7765

– Postal Museum, Willemstad.

– Maritime Museum, Willemstad.