Curacao Attractions

Along with its amazing beaches, Curaçao has plenty of great attractions

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The Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao is the largest of the former Netherlands Antilles islands and is a unique and somewhat undiscovered jewel of the region.

The island boasts a captivating countryside, full of historical and cultural treasures, but its beaches are the main appeal for tourists. Travelers also visit Curaçao for its great low-import duty shopping.


Playa Porto Mari

The romantic ambiance of Curaçao's beaches creates the perfect getaway for honeymooners and couples. Most of the island's beaches are small and secluded, hidden away from the prying crowds that are associated with many other popular beach destinations in the Caribbean. As one of the region's well-kept secrets, the sands along Curaçao's shores are generally uncrowded. Not only are there very few crowds, especially during the week, but the approximately 38 beaches here are absolutely stunning.

There are beaches on both the Atlantic Ocean side of the island, as well on the side facing the Caribbean. The waters of the Caribbean tend to be calmer than those on the Atlantic side, though this should not deter you from visiting spots like Knip Beach. Vacationers will find that nearly all of the beaches on Curaçao are postcard-perfect, with picturesque landscapes like gigantic rock cliffs, tropical plant life, and sapphire blue waters.

Attractions Map

You will discover an abundance of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you should find some appealing options. You can click on the beach names for more detail concerning that particular location.

If you are looking for a snorkeling spot, a location providing that option is Cas Abao Beach. A pristine beach that is well loved by families with young children and watersports enthusiasts alike, this beach is often noted as one of the best on the island.

Another good option for snorkeling fans is Playa Porto Mari. If you're coming in the car, you'll want to head on the northwest bound road from the town of Sint Willibrordus. Staying on this will take you directly to the beach.

Jan Thiel Beach: A well-developed European-style beach built up with all the essentials and non-essentials for a fun day on the beach, Jan Thiel Beach is always busy with tourists lounging, participating in watersports, and enjoy the dining opportunities.

Luckily, the area is home to plenty of other beaches on the island. For more in formation concerning beaches available, go to this article.

Landmark Attractions

Curacao Maritime Museum

...tour the island's liquor distillery...


Curaçao is rich in history and culture, and several museums commemorate the island's heritage. The entire city of Willemstad has been listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Take a tour of the city, taking note of the pastel colored buildings, red-roofs, and glimmering natural harbor, which hearken back to the time when Dutch settlers built the city from the ground up.

Other historical and cultural landmarks on the island include forts, statues, and bridges. One of the country's most popular exports is its Curaçao liqueur, which is made from the peel of a particular orange that is only found on the island. Vacationers can tour the island's liquor distillery and perhaps sample some of its products.

A common landmark for vacationers is Curacao Maritime Museum. It is found in downtown Willemstad. The history of the island is featured in this museum, along with antique nautical charts, models of ships and other artifacts that offer a glimpse back in time. Take a guided tour and walk through the harbor with a guide detailing it's history.

Another popular destination is Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It is situated at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and located in downtown Willemstad. They are open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Curacao Museum: Hours Monday through Friday are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Saturdays they are closed.

This island offers a more extensive set of notable landmarks. To learn about more other sites worth visiting on Curacao, use this link.

Natural Attractions

Curacao Sea Aquarium

Curacao has several marine parks, including the Curaçao Seaquarium, where visitors can view many types of aquatic creatures such as corals, sponges, and a multitude of fish species. Another way to explore Curaçao's natural environment is at one of the island's national parks. Cristoffelpark is the island's largest. Not only can visitors explore local flora and fauna (such as wild orchids and the Curacao White Tailed Deer) as they take on any one of eight hiking trails, but the island's first plantation, Plantation Savonet is also located on park property.

Caves are another category of natural attractions that will awe and inspire adventure seekers. Over 1,000 years ago, native Carib Indians utilized Hato Caves for shelter, and left petroglyphs on the wall. Close to 200 years ago, escaped slaves hid out in these very same caves, and today visitors can take in the dramatic effect that hidden lights have as they bounce off the stalactite and stalagmite formations.

Curacao Marine Park is one of the outdoor attractions that's enjoyed by many visitors. Stretching from the Breezes Hotel to the eastern tip of the island is this unofficially protected area. Currently, the law does not make it a designated marine preserve, but they are working towards that goal and continue to remain vigilant in keeping the area pristine.

Curacao Sea Aquarium is another local attraction to consider. As an island, it is easy to understand why marine life is such an important subject. The Curacao Sea Aquarium is more than your typical aquarium.

Needless to say, you can find additional choices. Make your way to this article about natural attractions on the island if you're looking for additional facts.


Curacao Casinos

In the mood for some action? Those hoping to test their luck on the slots will find lots of places to go on the island.

Curacao Casino, part of Hilton Curaçao, is located in the vicinity of Willemstad, Curacao. With over 180 slot machines, six gaming tables the Curacao Casino is one of the largest on Curacao. Guests also have the option of spending some time in the Bingo Hall, enjoying live music on weekends, and sampling the free food and beverages that are offered to players.

If you're simply looking to play a few slots, you could give Carnaval Casino a try. One of the newest casinos on Curacao, Carnaval Casino is also the only Las Vegas style casino on the island. With the most luxurious and vibrant atmosphere around, you can win instantly and change your life in a moment.

Sunscape Casino: Sunscape houses four American Roulette tables, four Black Jack tables, and two Caribbean Stud Poker tables as well as 300 slot machines.

Of course, there are quite a few other options too. Click here to view our guide to gaming on Curacao.

Whether it's swimming, sunbathing, or sightseeing, Curaçao has plenty to see and do for all kinds of vacationers.


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