Activities on Curacao

There is no shortage of activities to participate in on the joy-filled island of Curacao

Photo credit: © Mingo Hagen
 

A vacation on Curacao can be many things: relaxing and serene, or energetic and packed fill of activity. The island's available attractions and activities support both lifestyles.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are considering seeing the sights at a slower pace, you will find 5 rental agencies that can help you. Navigate here to read our guide to bike and scooter rentals.

Diving

Curacao Diving

As an island, Curacao is, of course, surrounded by water. The Caribbean Sea, as well as the numerous resort pools in the country, provide the perfect setting for a number of watersports. Curacao has been voted as one of the top spots in the Caribbean for diving, and there are a number of top snorkeling spots here as well. For that reason, you won't want to let your vacation pass you by without at least renting some snorkeling equipment to take with you to the beach.

You'll find 23 dive services and at least 48 different dive sites in the area. For more information about scuba diving in this area visit this page.

Events and Festivals

A great way to get to know local residents in an informal setting is at an event or festival. There are a number of options available, from music festivals (jazz and island music are especially popular) to sporting events such as regattas and fishing tournaments. Carnival is the most popular event, with people from all over the world arriving to witness the colorful costumes that islanders wear as they throw the biggest party of the season. Click here to read more about Curacao's events and festivals.

Fishing

Fish Curacao

If there are some avid anglers traveling with you, they'll be pleased to know they can fish with one of the 8 charter operators in this area. Those needing to obtain more information about fishing in this area can do so on this page.

Golf

Old Quarry Golf Course

Hoping to play golf during your vacation? You'll be glad to learn a few exist in the area. The courses are Old Quarry Golf Course, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Curacao Golf and Squash Club. To get additional information concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more you can click on the name of the course. If you're interested, find out more concerning golf courses throughout the Caribbean can do so by visiting this page.

Sailing and Boating

Sailing Charter Curaçao

Look through the chart below for a list of area firms that will help you spend some time on the open water.

Boating Opportunities On Curacao
Name Phone Location
Adrenaline Tours Curacao (999) 767-6241 5.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Bounty Adventures (999) 767-9998 3.1 mi. Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Captain Boots Tours (999) 513-2747 5.8 mi. East of Central Otrabanda
Mermaid Boat Trips (599-9) 560-1530 Punda
Miss Ann Boat Trips (999) 767-1579 6.1 mi. East of Central Otrabanda
Pelican Boat Trips (999) 527-0747 Willemstad
Sailing Charter Curaçao (999) 521-3464 5.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Smallfield Adventures (999) 663-4848 Willemstad

If you're interested in reading about marinas and charter operators go to this article.

Shopping

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Punda is Curacao's major commercial hub, so many vacationers hit this area first, looking for great deals on local items that they can bring home as souvenirs. Outdoor markets are a great place to look for handcrafted items such as clothing, artwork, and woodwork. Curacao is also home to one of the largest duty-free shopping centers in the Caribbean, so vacationers can stock up on luxury items, not only duty-free, but tax free as well. Shopping on Curacao shouldn't be missed.

If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping vacationing with you, they might enjoy browsing a few of the area's 70 retail stores. To learn about opportunities for shopping on Curacao, visit this page.

Sightseeing

Curacao Maritime Museum

Yet another good way to use some of your time is to soak in the area's sights and natural beauty. Area sights include historic sites and a distillery. To find out about other area sightseeing attractions, go to this page.

Take some time to look through this table for a list of a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

Sightseeing Services On Curacao
Name Phone Location
A.T.V. Tour (599-9) 511-4282 Willemstad
Assist Travel & Tours (599-9) 462-3300 Punda
Bounty Adventures Bus Tours (999) 767-9998 3.1 mi. Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Curacao Tropical Tours (599-9) 839-1580 Willemstad
Fiesta Tours Curacao (599-9) 515-9854 Willemstad
Irie Tours 560-6696 Punda
J & S Tours (599-9) 513-4146 Willemstad
Shete Boka (999) 864-0444 2.6 mi. East of Central Westpunt
Taber Tours (599-9) 737-6637 / (599-9) 839-1337 Punda
Tiotaxi Tours (599-9) 560-5491 Santa Catarina

Snorkeling

Curacao Snorkeling

If you enjoy underwater beauty you'll be pleased to know you'll have the chance in the waters off the coast of Curacao. Click here to find our article about local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

M Beauty Spa

Going to a spa just might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, since there are 8 spas that operate in this area. Take advantage of this page about spas in the area if you'd like additional specifics.

Sports

Especially active travelers can't fathom a trip without finding some way to get in their daily exercise. You can swim laps in your resort pool, get on a machine in the fitness center, or even plan for a game of tennis. One of the best ways to get a work out in is by scheduling a hike. This will allow you to view the natural beauty of the island while burning a few calories. Horseback riding and mountain biking are also possibilities. There are two 18-hole champion golf courses on the island, and a nine-hole course on the island for avid golfers to enjoy. Click here to read more about golfing on Curacao.

Tennis

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

If you like playing tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to learn more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On Curacao
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort 6.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda 4 check check
Hilton Curaçao 2.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda 2 check
Sunscape Curacao 2.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda 2 check
Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino 0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad 2 check
Veneto Casino and Holiday Beach Resort 0.9 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad 2 check

For instance, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Adrenaline Tours Curacao

Take a moment to look through the table below for more options. to learn more. for information about other activities.

Other Activities On Curacao
Name Type Phone Location
Adrenaline Tours Curacao Watersports Operator (999) 767-6241 5.5 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Atrium Fitness & Spa Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 465-6288 Willemstad
Bob Esprit Fitness Centrum Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 737-1780 Willemstad
Body Beach Wellness Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 465-7969 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Dolphin Academy Curacao Dolphin Encounter Service (599-9) 465-8900 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Javanese Massage Massage Therapist (599-9) 524-0080 Jan Thiel
Let's Go Watersports Jet Ski Rental Service (599-9) 864-0438 The vicinity of Willemstad

And this isn't it. As you journey through your vacation, attending events, hiking the landscape, or taking a dip in the cool, crisp sea, you will come across many other activities you'll want to fit into your schedule. The great thing about Curacao is that the fun is never ending, and will linger with you long after you have gone home.

 

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