The best beaches of Curaçao
Feel the sand between your toes, the salt of the sea on your skin and the sun on your whole body. There is actually not one beach on Curacao that stands out with flying colors above all other beaches and is called “the most beautiful beach in Curacao”. On Curacao you will find many beautiful beaches, some of which may be among the finest in the world.
Blue Bay Beach
Blue Bay Beach is an expansive, shaded beach just north of the village of Sint Michiel. The beach has many amenities and is popular among locals and visitors for its soft, white sand. The seabed slopes gently allowing children to enjoy playing there. There are lounge chairs, palm trees and umbrellas, a nice bar and restaurant, a water sports center (diving and sea kayaking!) and a bikini shop. There is a children’s playground, a fairly large swimming pool and showers and toilets. On Sundays you can join for a barbecue lunch. There is an admission fee.
Address: LANDHUIS BLAAUW Z/N, WILLEMSTAD
T: +5999 888 8800
The beach here is formed by coarse sand and pebbles and is popular among snorkelers and divers because it is part of the underwater park. The residents of the island also like to come there. There are several small restaurants, the water is usually calm and there is no entrance fee.
Address: CARACASBAY, JAN THIEL
Cas Abao beach
Cas Abao offers you a white sand beach, crystal clear water, swaying palms and many summer houses for the necessary shade. The beach combines a natural, rural setting with all the conveniences of a full service beach. Cas Abao is ideally suited for swimmers of all ages and is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. A raft for sunbathing or playing with is moored on the beach. There is a bar, restaurant, showers and massage facilities. Cas Abao is open daily from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Address: CAS ABAO BEACH Z/N, WILLEMSTAD
T: +599 9 463 6367
Jan Thiel Beach
It all happens at Jan Thiel Beach. Do you dream of sun, sea, shopping and nightlife? Jan Thiel Beach Curacao is the place to be! Relax with an ice-cold cocktail, let our chefs surprise you and discover a world of entertainment and sports possibilities on the beach. With 4 unique restaurants on the beach, Jan Thiel Beach offers a diversity of culinary entertainment. Each restaurant has its own look, ambiance, possibilities and activities.
Address: JAN THIEL BEACH Z/N, WILLEMSTAD
T: +599 9 747 0633
Curaçao’s longest and whitest beach is on Klein Curaçao, an uninhabited end southeast of Curaçao, located 13 kilometers off the coast. Dive operators and charter boats take people to this out-of-this-world volcanic rock for beach parties, picnics and for a fantastic swim in the ocean. The coast is covered in soft, white sand and the water is crystal clear, but there is little shade. The northeast side usually has calm water and calm waves. If you want to go there, check with the dive operators or sailing charter companies to see if there are trips where the package includes diving, snorkeling, refreshments, a picnic or a barbecue lunch.
Address: LITTLE CURAÇAO, CURAÇAO
Vaersenbaai, now Kokomo beach has been completely renovated. Kokomo beach has all the facilities for a wonderful day at the beach. There is a restaurant, bar and sunbeds for rent on the beach. Palm trees provide shade. The beach is free to enter. There are toilets and showers and both the toilet and the restaurant are accessible to the disabled. In the sea, in front of the jetty is a raft, there are massage facilities, a diving school and a beach shop with a small museum. Since the renovation, Kokomo beach is one of the most popular beaches in Curacao.
T: +599 9 868 0908
This small bay is popular among divers and snorkelers, there is a swimming area delineated by drift rope and a floating platform. A steep staircase, from the parking lot down to the beach, will get you there. Halfway between the parking lot and the beach there is a snack bar and dive shop. From the beach, another set of stairs leads you to the Kura Hulanda Lodge on the high cliffs, where you will find a restaurant. Be aware of the rocks when entering the water.
Address: PLAYA KALKI, SABANA WEST POINT, CURAÇAO
T: +599 9 839 3600
The beautiful beach of Playa Lagun is popular with divers, snorkelers, fishermen and locals. Rocky cliffs along the long narrow channel are inhabited by many species of reef fish. They are a wonderful place for turtles to hang out, hoping to get something from the fishermen’s catch. The end of the channel is a healthy, lively place covered in corals and large sponges.
Address: Playa Lagun
Playa Porto Mari
Playa Porto Mari is a beautiful sandy beach on the private estate of Plantation Porto Mari on the west coast. Its white, sandy coral beach, with clear and calm waters, is a true paradise for water lovers and the unique double reef is easily accessible from the shore. It offers fascinating snorkeling and diving opportunities. There is a company that offers diving facilities on the beach. For landlubbers, there are two nature trails, both starting from the parking lot. All activities at Playa Porto Mari are operated in an environmentally friendly manner. For example, water is recycled and used for the toilets and for irrigation purposes and the beach boardwalk is made from discarded pallets or Trex, a recycled product. Also, our publications are printed on 100% recycled paper. Playa Porto Mari is open every day. The bar and restaurant offer visitors a variety of tropical meals and drinks. Open daily from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm (closed December 31 and Carnival Sunday).
Address: SAINT WILLIBRORDUS, CURAÇAO
T: +5 999 864 7558
Renaissance Curacao & Casino Beach
The Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino is designed in modern island style with fine European touches. It is the only resort on the island where energy, fun and beach come together in a colorful way in a unique historical and cultural setting that you will only find at Renaissance. The bright colors and energetic atmosphere surrounding the resort will give you a taste of the island’s enchantment. Check with the hotel for the policy of non-hotel guests.
Address: BADEN POWELLWEG 1, WILLEMSTAD
T: +599 9 435 5000
This is a beach like a postcard, with its fishing boats and panorama over the western tip of the island. Here you will find pleasantly browned coarse sand and small pebbles, but hardly any shade. There are several snack bars and a restaurant near the parking lot above the beach. A steep staircase leads you there.
Address: SABANA WEST POINT, WILLEMSTED
T: +599 9 864 1551 / +599 9 868 8294
M: +599 9 561 8294 WhatsApp
Playa Kenepa consists of two beaches, Kenepa Grandi (Grote Knip) and Kenepa Chiki (Kleine Knip, the smaller more intimate beach). Also known as Grote Knip and Kleine Knip. It is quite isolated and there is only one road leading to both beaches. Klein Knip is best known for its snorkeling hotspots along the coastline and Grote Knip is known for its white sand beaches with beautiful crystal blue waters and stunning views of the beach, perfect for a photo.
Address: PLAYA KENEPA, CURAÇAO,
M: +5999 6795728
A small bay close to town, where there is great snorkeling along the rocky ledges and fishermen’s pool. Pergolas provide excellent shade here and there is also a snack bar open both weekdays and weekends. On the west side of the bay, a narrow path leads you into the countryside.
Address: DAAIBOOI BEACH, ST. WILLIBRORDUS
Visit this narrow, picturesque cove late in the day, perhaps if you linger a little longer to watch the sunset, as you will definitely appreciate the exceptionally clear water, without being bothered by the lack of shade. Uneven steps carved out of the rocks lead you from the parking lot to the beach. No facilities.
Address: LAGUN, CURAÇAO
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Centrally located in the Pietermaai neighborhood (near a megapier), Avila Beach Hotel has two private beaches. Both are shielded from strong winds and high waves by breakwaters offshore. This allows visitors to enjoy calm waters uninterrupted. The breakwaters make it ideal, especially for small children, to float in the calm ocean while enjoying the turquoise waters or admiring the beautiful house reef while snorkeling. The palm trees scattered on the white beaches provide plenty of shade from the sun, but we also offer umbrellas and palapas (similar to small tiki huts with one pole).
Address: PENSTRAAT 130, CURAÇAO
T: +599 9 461 4377
This beach, right next to the seaquarium, has all the facilities, palm trees and beautiful white sand. During the day it is the perfect place for children to play in the shallow water. There are stores, several bars, such as Mambo, Cabana, Wet & Wild, Aloha and Blue Oceans. There are facilities for all water sports.
The beach is popular with families and young people. There are concerts and even movies on the beach.
Address: BAPOR KIBRA, WILLEMSTAD
Boka st. Michiel
Small boats glide across the bay of this typical fishing village just west of town. This small beach, also known as Boka Sami, has no shade and little sand, but the water is lovely and there is a small fishing pier. There are two simple but good fish restaurants nearby. You can also visit the salt marshes, or walk a path that goes up the hill, on the west side of the beach.
Address: BOKA SAMI, ST. MICHEL
Playa Santa Cruz
Although the carrot swamp that surrounds this wide palm-fringed beach stains the water, making it hardly suitable for snorkeling, it attracts an enormous number of birds. As a result, there are ideal opportunities for bird watching. Some shade-giving structures are present, as well as a small bar, a restaurant and toilets.
Address: PLAYA SANTA CRUZ, WILLEMSTAD
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