Boca Santa Cruz

With a few huts set back from the water, restroom facilities, and a beach bar/restaurant, this is a great spot to escape the crowds while still still being able to take advantage of nearby amenities. There's also the opportunity to be taken off shore to one of a number of private, secluded beaches by the water taxi that leaves from here.

Located near the center of the island of Curacao, near Barber, Boca Santa Cruz is on the North West coast of the island, You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying nearby. The beach is set in a rather urbanized area, but it would be incorrect to assume that the beach itself will be found overflowing with visitors. Instead, you will usually find quite a number of places to throw down your towel.

How to Access The Beach
The beach is on the northwestern part of the island. You can get here in the car by taking Weg Naar Westpunt west from Willemstad, then taking a left towards Fontein. Continue on this road until you read Kaminda Statius van Eps, where you'll make a left towards the coast. The road winds around, but eventually takes you right to the shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach is encircled by mangrove swamps which can fog the water, so snorkeling isn't as good here as you'll find elsewhere on the island. However, with soft sand and palm trees for shade, this beach provides a very relaxing experience. Bird-watchers will find this beach of particular interest, as the mangroves attract a wide variety of native birds.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, beach umbrellas will be available for guests hoping for a place to relax in the shade.

Hidden away, Boca Santa Cruz as well as its offering of amenities are a safe choice among tourists wishing to find a place away from the crowded shores, since it is located inside a peaceful area. This means that there's little need to consider the time you come, as there is a pretty small chance you be forced to get around possible other tourists who will be needing access to the conveniences that are available.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the North West coast of Curacao. It's located near Landhuis Ascension, which is a short cab ride's distance, and it is among the area's attractions.

Historical attractions like Landhuis Kenepa Plantation provide a nice compliment to the scenery of Boca Santa Cruz, and allow visitors to learn more about Curaçao. Actually, this coast is easily reached by taking a cab from this destination of historical interest.

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 Boca Santa Cruz
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Landhuis Ascension Museum 4.4 E Curacao
Landhuis Kenepa Plantation Historical Site 5.4 N Curacao
Tula Museum Museum 5.4 N Curacao
Savonet Museum Museum 5.9 N Curacao
Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort Golf Course 13.3 SE Curacao

Cities and Towns

Boca Santa Cruz is very close to Westpunt, so walking the city is a definite option. The closest town is Westpunt, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Though beach-goers will generally find few accommodations withing driving distance, those accommodations closest to the beach can be seen in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Boca Santa Cruz
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Oasis Coral Estate Beach, Dive & Wellness Resort 5.6 mi. SE Resort
Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club 7.7 mi. N Resort

Food

Although there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you are prepared to drive or bike a few miles. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Kriyoyo Restaurant, which is a short taxi ride away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown below.

Restaurants near Boca Santa Cruz
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Kriyoyo Restaurant (599-9) 864-2701 -- -- 3.8 mi. E
Playa Porto Mari Beachside Restaurant (999) 864-7558 Dutch, Indonesian Very Casual 4.5 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Curacao besides Boca Santa Cruz.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Shon Moso, which is generally a pretty popular beach. It is located two and a half miles to the southeast. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Playa Lagun is an area which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located a quick car or cab ride away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Santa Cruz, located three miles to the north-northwest.

You may find that Boca Santa Cruz is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, Curaçao offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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