Barbara Beach

Once a quiet stretch of sand only frequented by locals on the weekends, Barbara Beach is not part of a luxury resort. It still remains relatively uncrowded, making it a great spot to relax and unwind.

Positioned on the island of Curacao, 6.6 miles east-southeast of Otrabanda, Barbara Beach is on the South West edge of the island, You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The beaches in Curaçao aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but Barbara Beach is less exposed than the others, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who'd like a less hectic scene, but one that's not completely empty.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach is backed by a sprawling resort and golf course, but locals still stop by to chat, swim, and do a little bit of sailing. Heads up, it does cost $9.50(USD) to gain admission unless you are a guest of the resort.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South West coast of Curacao; the area is home to other attractions such as Old Quarry Golf Course, which is not very far away, so some guests will want to walk to this attraction, while others will choose to take a cab.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting The Money Museum Yotin Kortá, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Barbara Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Old Quarry Golf Course Golf Course 0.8 mi. E Curacao
Fort Beekenburg Historical Site 0.9 mi. NW Curacao
Curacao Sea Aquarium Aquarium 3.3 mi. WNW Curacao
Dolphin Academy Curacao Dolphin Encounter Service 3.3 mi. WNW Curacao
Sunscape Casino Casino 3.8 mi. WNW Curacao
Curacao Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.9 mi. SE Curacao
Serena's Art Factory Art Gallery 4.6 mi. N Curacao
Landhuis Chobolobo Country Mansion Distillery 4.7 mi. NW Curacao
Landhuis Zeelandia Historical Site 5.0 mi. NW Curacao
Hill Ross Casino Casino 5.3 mi. NW Curacao
Landhuis Groot Kwartier Historical Site 5.9 mi. NW Curacao
The Money Museum Yotin Kortá Museum 5.9 mi. WNW Curacao

Cities and Towns

Barbara Beach is close to Willemstad, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Tourists at Barbara Beach who are seeking other interesting places to see will want to think about going to Willemstad, because it's nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Curaçao.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many people have booked rooms nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because the beach is in a pretty touristed area, it usually isn't that tough to find just the right kind of hotel close-by. If you and your group are looking to book a place that's near the ocean, the following table lists the accommodations closest to Barbara Beach.

Accommodations near Barbara Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort 0.1 mi. NE Resort
Morena Resort 1.8 mi. NW Resort
Livingstone Jan Thiel Resort 1.9 mi. WNW Resort
Papagayo Beach Resort 2.0 mi. WNW Resort
Chogogo Resort 2.1 mi. WNW Resort
Royal Sea Aquarium Resort 3.4 mi. WNW Resort
Lions Dive & Beach Resort 3.4 mi. WNW Resort
Kontiki Dive And Beach Resort 3.6 mi. WNW Resort
Sunscape Curacao 3.8 mi. WNW Resort
ACOYA Hotel Suites & Villas 4.2 mi. NW Resort

Food

If you visit the beach around lunchtime this beach has many nearby restaurants, so there's no need to go too far from these sands. Papagayo Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has both French and Mediterranean menu items. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's just a short distance away.

The following table provides a list of restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Barbara Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Papagayo Restaurant (599) 974-7433 ext. 113 French, Mediterranean Fine Dining 2.0 mi. WNW
Papagayo Beach Club (599) 974-7433 ext. 283 International Informal 2.0 mi. WNW
Zanzibar Restaurant (599-9) 747-0633 -- -- 2.0 mi. WNW
Tinto Restaurant (599-9) 747-0633 -- -- 2.0 mi. WNW
Chogogo Terrace (599-9) 747-2844 ext 2203 International Informal 2.1 mi. WNW
El Gaucho Steakhouse (599-9) 767-0067 Argentenian Informal 2.9 mi. NNW
Hemingway Beach Bar & Restaurant (599-9) 465-0740 Cuban Informal 3.4 mi. WNW
The Green House Restaurant (599) 9 461-9009 Greek, Lebanese -- 3.5 mi. WNW
Cabana Beach (005) 999-4631 ext. 600 International Informal 3.6 mi. WNW
Surf & Turf Restaurant (599-9) 465-9035 Caribbean Very Casual 4.0 mi. WNW
Golden Star (599-9) 461-9633 -- -- 4.4 mi. NW
Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant (599-9) 461-1799 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Fine Dining 4.5 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Barbara Beach.

If the active mood at Barbara Beach has you wanting more of the same, consider heading to Klien Curacao, a spot with the same type of electricity. You'll find it 15 miles to the east-southeast. If you're looking for something a little more private, consider Seaquarium Beach. It is located a quick car or cab ride away.

You may also enjoy Caracasbaai, located one and a quarter miles to the northwest.

Barbara Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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