Beaches on Curacao

Steal away to one of Curaçao's secret beaches for a romantic rendezvous

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The coasts of Curaçao are embellished by 38 gorgeous white-sand beaches. These sandy shores have remained one of the Caribbean's best-kept secrets, providing honeymooners and couples with the perfect place to escape for their romantic getaway. You'll find that the best beaches aren't the long stretches of expansive coastline but the smaller, more intimate shores, which are less frequented by sun-worshiping tourists. Visiting Curaçao's waterfronts is like having a beach all to yourself.

...acrobatic divers perform aerial dives from the towering cliffs...

 

The island has about 38 beaches, but there are also a few places by the sea that are tucked away in little inlets, or bocas as they are called in the Papiamentu language. These secret sands are generally located on the east and north coasts and are more rugged than many of the more popular beaches. The larger beaches on the island are called playas and fit the typical definition of a sandy, Caribbean beach.

During the weekends, Curaçao's beaches are most crowded, but if you visit a beach during one of the weekdays, there's a good chance you'll have these beautiful sands all to yourself. The majority of the island's beaches are located on the south coast where the waters are calm compared to the rough surf of the Atlantic Ocean on the northern shores. Swimming on the island's Atlantic side is difficult, so you may not want to consider braving these wild waves. 

Playa Porto Mari

Beaches Map

Some of the best beaches are located in Westpunt, or West Point, fittingly named for its western location on the island. Although all of the beaches on Curaçao share the same crystalline blue waters, each one has its own unique appeal and characteristics. Some beaches, such as Westpunt, are encompassed by towering rock cliffs. Here, acrobatic divers perform aerial dives from the towering cliffs into the turquoise waters, entertaining awe-struck beachgoers below. Daibooibaai also has giant rock cliffs along its shores and is a quiet mellow cove, perfect for a romantic evening stroll or peaceful afternoon sunbathing.

Many other Curaçao beaches are flourishing with vividly colored, exotic vegetation and are perfect for photography. Along with tropical flora, these beaches feature sparkling blue waters and smooth white sands, as well as often having convenient beach amenities like changing facilities and casual restaurants. During the weekend, vacationers can enjoy live entertainment from musicians and dancers, which gives the beach a party atmosphere.

Which Beaches Are Available?

You'll find a large number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Regardless of whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. You can click on specific beach names for a detailed review of that particular location.

Jan Thiel Beach

Jan Thiel Beach: Although the beach is free for guests of the Jan Thiel Resort, admission for all others is $3.50(USD) per person. With this fee comes access to a a full service beach which features chairs and umbrellas, stands for renting out watersports equipment, and bars and restaurants.

A second option to consider is Playa Kalki. Playa Kalki sits in front of beautiful hills and cliffs, green and full of life. For snorkelers and divers, visibility is often in excess of 100 feet, and it is just a short swim out to the steep coral wall drop that attracts so many.

Barbara Beach: 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.

Take a look at the chart below for a list of beaches located on the island.

Beaches On Curacao
Name Location Coast
Avila Beach 1.2 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad Southeast
Baoase Beach 1.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad South
Barbara Beach 6.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda South West
Blauwbaai 3.5 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda South
Blue Bay Beach 1.9 mi. West of Central Otrabanda South
Boca Santa Cruz 3.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Barber North West
Boka St. Michiel 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Sint Michiel South West
Caracasbaai 4.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad South East
Cas Abao Beach 1.9 mi. West-Northwest of Central St. Willibrordus West
Daibooibaai 1.3 mi. West of Central St. Willibrordus West
Jan Thiel Beach 4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad Southeast
Klien Curacao 0.2 mi. South of Central Klein Curacao South
Mambo Beach 2.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda Southeast
Pampoen Beach 2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad South East
Playa Forti 0.1 mi. South of Central Westpunt North West
Playa Jeremi 2.0 mi. South of Central Westpunt North West
Playa Kalki 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central Westpunt North West
Playa Kenepa 1.3 mi. South of Central Westpunt North West
Playa Lagun 0.3 mi. South of Central Lagun North West
Playa Piskado 0.3 mi. South of Central Westpunt North West
Playa Porto Mari 1.4 mi. West of Central St. Willibrordus West
Playa Santa Cruz 1.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Lagun North West
Playa Shon Moso 3.5 mi. South West of Central Barber West
Seaquarium Beach 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Waaigat Inlet South East
Sonesta beach 1.8 mi. West of Central Otrabanda South
Varsenbaai 1.4 mi. North-Northwest of Central Sint Michiel South West
Westpunt 1.3 mi. North of Central Westpunt North West

If you would prefer having more attractions beyond just these, you might want to consider other locations. For more information on other attractions for Curacao, see this page.

No matter which beach you decide to visit, the snorkeling and scuba diving is generally good off of all the island's coast, so don't forget to bring your gear for some great underwater exploration.

 

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