Our personal top 25 of Curaçao. Don`t miss the first 10!
The rest is in random order.
This is a large beach close to west point with a fishing harbor. The fish that is cleaned on the spot attracts many sea turtles. When you go snorkeling, you will always see several turtles swimming around the jetty. They are not afraid of people at all.
This is an area adjoining the Christoffelpark covering more than 10 kilometers of the rocky wave-exposed north coast of the island and with some 10 pocket beaches where 3 species of sea turtles are known to lay eggs.
The most well-known and favorite inlet for visitors is Boka Tabla.
Curacao, a Caribbean paradises on earth where you get of your lazy chair and walk three feet right into the ocean. The beautiful beach calmly descend into shallow reefs where many colorful coral and fish live.
The Pietermaai district in Willemstad is an artistic, atmospheric neighborhood. Beautifully refurbished houses, colorful graffiti, trendy eateries such as Scuba lodge, St tropez, Mundo Bizarro and Ginger. Definitely a must visit!
5.Lunch at the 'Ronde markt' in Willemstad
When you go upstairs at the round market, you will find several very authentic Carbian restaurants where you can eat deliciously for little money. the restaurants are open from 11:30 AM to 14:00 PM
Willemstad is the capital, and only city, of Curaçao. The center is split in two by the St. Anna Bay that you can cross via the famous “Pontoon Bridge.” Also known as the “Swinging Old Lady,” it swings open using two powerful ship motors, allowing ships to access the port. Punda and Otrabanda. A well-known part of Punda is the Handelskade, where the famous colored houses are located. You will also find the floating market and many shops and restaurants. In Otrabanda you can visit the Rif Ford and the Renaissance mall shoping center. Further on the website under the heading Willemstad more information.
The beaches of Curaçao are great! There are numerous bays that each have their own atmosphere and it is nice to look for your ideal beach during your vacation. Further on the website under the heading beaches much more extensive information about the different beaches of Curacao
Curaçao is very famous for its excellent diving locations. Playa Kalki in the west is also called 'Alice in Wonderland', old tug Tugboat on the southeast side of Caracas Bay, sunken ship Superior Producer at Double Reef and Porto Marie / The Valley where small nurse sharks occur. If you are an experienced diver, you can rent bottles and equipment at Wederfoort, which is inexpensive and close to our villa. And if you've never dived, this is your chance to make a test dive to see if this is for you. This costs 105 guilders (about 50 Euro)
9.Kura Hulanda Museum
Museum Kura Hulanda is situated right at the city-center harbor of Willemstad, where Dutch entrepreneurs once traded and transshipped enslaved Africans along with other 'commercial goods'. This museum impressively exhibits the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in its totality, from slave capture in Africa through the Middle Passage and the relocation in the New World.
10. Watching flamingos at St Willibrordus.
Beautiful place to see the flamingos in their natural environment. You can park your car along the road and walk into the marsh, you can often get very close.
If you like walking, there are beautiful hiking trails on Curaçao. Leo can also take you with him if he walks with the dogs and makes a beautiful walk around Boca Sami where you usually see Flamingo`s too. Further on the website under the heading nature, much more extensive information.
Curaçao Landhuizen, built in the 18th and 19th centuries, are usually former plantation houses. The central pivot of each plantation was the landhuis, where the master lived with his house slaves. Situated around the country house were the store houses and the huts of the slaves, who were set to work on the land or in the salterns.
13. Hato Caves
These caves had a utilitarian purpose during the early days of the slave trade in Curacao, escaped slaves used them as hiding places, and lived in them for months at a time. Even before the arrival of Europeans and slaves, the Amerindian Arawaks used them for shelter, and left behind cave drawings, or petroglyphs, estimated at 1,500 years old. More on our page Nature and:
Christoffelpark is the largest national park of Curacao and a must see for everyone. The park has a rich variety of local flora and fauna. Nature lovers will find the park teeming with local birds and plants, including species, which are not easily seen elsewhere on the island. For example wild orchids, the palabrua, the rare native barn owl. The Curacao White Tailed deer (of which there are only about 250 left) and much more. More on our page Nature and:
15. Mount Christoffel
The Christoffelberg is not only the highest point of Curaçao, but also a highlight. The view from the top is breathtaking! The trip upwards takes about 45 minutes to an hour and especially the last part is not climbing, but clambering. But your perseverance will be rewarded with a spectacular view, while the cool wind instantly blows away your "blood, sweat and tears". Entrance park costs 21 guilders. Open from 7:30
This nature park is not very well known but very worthwhile.
It is an inlet on the north side of the island where the sea turtles come to eat. You walk above the cliff in a beautiful nature reserve with many cacti. If you look down you can see the big turtles swimming, especially if they come up to breathe you can see them well. Wear good shoes because it is difficult and you have to go up a steep staircase. More on our page nature
18.Swimming with dolphins
Not cheap (about € 150) but a great experience. At the Sea Aqurium you have the opportunity to swim with Dolphins.
19. Blue room
An almost entirely submerged cave found in the cliffs of the western coast. More on our page Beaches
20. Cas Abou
Cas Abou is, according to many, the most beautiful beach in Curaçao and I agree with that. It is a true tropical paradise. You can also snorkel under the rocks on the left side. More at our page Beaches
21.Klein Curaçao (little Curaçao)
Klein Curaçao is a 1.7 square kilometres uninhabited island south-east of Curaçao in the Caribbean Sea, and is part of the Dutch country of Curaçao. The only structures on the island are an old lighthouse, a beach house, and several huts. Klein Curaçao is well known as a beautiful diving-spot because of its coral and underwater caves. It's fairly easy to spot colorful fish and sea turtles when snorkeling.
The Spanish Water is a beautiful protected lagoon with an exit to the Caribbean Sea. It lies on the southeast coast of Curaçao, east of Willemstad. It is a real watersport mecca. On the north side there are many beautiful bays and small islands with mangrove trees and coral reefs. You will also find various sailing schools, yacht clubs and cozy harbor bars around the Spanish Water. It is ideal to explore with a sailboat, sloop, boat or kayak
23. Maritime Museum
The Curaçao Maritime Museum takes its visitors on a discovery tour of more then 500 years maritime history of Curaçao. The story-line is illustrated through a permanent exhibition consisting of displays with authentic nautical charts, ship models and navigation equipment combined with audiovisual techniques...an attraction not to be missed.
The Curacao Ostrich Farm is located in a fabulous landscape on the road to Groot St. Joris in Santa Catharina. The Ostrich Farm offers guaranteed fun for the whole family! Experience a feeling of being in South Africa for a day!
Welcome to Savonet Museum Curaçao! Savonet Museum is a unique concept in the heart of the Christoffelpark. The largest nature reserve on the island harbours the buildings of the former Savonet Plantation including the formal plantation house called “landhuis”.