Caracasbaai

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With an underwater park, this beach has become very popular with snorkelers and divers. Locals also frequent this beach where access is simple and free. There are facilities here, and huts for lounging in the shade.

Located in the vicinity of Willemstad, Caracasbaai is on the South East coast of Curacao. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Visitors will find that, though Caracasbaai isn't considered a quiet and secluded part of the coast, it's also not one of Curaçao's most crowded beaches. It's makes a great option for vacationers who want to visit a somewhat lively beach without having to fight other beachgoers for a spot in the sand.

How to Access The Beach

Getting here from Willemstad, take Caracasbaaiweg east. At the end of this, at the coast is a roundabout where you'll need to take a left. Soon after you'll find a large parking area on the right shoulder of the road.

Amenities and Ambiance

The sand is beige and rather course, with a fair number of pebbles. The view is marred by an oil rig to the left, behind which sits a cruise ship port. However, the calm, clear waters of Caracasbaai are what bring people to its shores, and those do not disappoint. Behind the beach is a large marina housing a great number of boats.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas can be used by visitors seeking a relaxing spot in the shade.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Caracasbaai is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the South East coast of Curacao. It's located near Fort Beekenburg, which is seen a quarter mile away, and it is one of a few favorite local destinations.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Postal Museum (one of the closest to Caracasbaai) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new perspective of Curaçao.

If you can't wait to see as many of Curaçao's attractions as possible, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Caracasbaai
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort Beekenburg Historical Site 0.3 mi. SSE Curacao
Diamond Beach Casino Casino 1.0 mi. W Curacao
Old Quarry Golf Course Golf Course 1.7 mi. ESE Curacao
Curacao Sea Aquarium Aquarium 2.2 mi. W Curacao
Dolphin Academy Curacao Dolphin Encounter Service 2.3 mi. W Curacao
Sunscape Casino Casino 2.7 mi. WNW Curacao
Landhuis Chobolobo Operating Distillery 3.6 mi. NW Curacao
Curacao Liqueur Distillery Distillery 3.6 mi. NW Curacao
Landhuis Zeelandia Historical Site 3.8 mi. NW Curacao
Hill Ross Casino Casino 4.1 mi. NW Curacao
Serena's Art Factory Art Gallery 4.2 mi. NNE Curacao
Landhuis Groot Kwartier Historical Site 4.7 mi. NW Curacao

Cities and Towns

Guests visiting Caracasbaai who are seeking a little additional excitement should consider heading over to Willemstad, since it's close-by and is an active, busy area.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Travelers looking for a room near Caracasbaai won't find it very tough, as there are lots of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest lodging options by looking over what's listed below.

Accommodations near Caracasbaai
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Livingstone Jan Thiel Resort 0.9 mi. W Resort
Papagayo Beach Resort 1.0 mi. W Resort
Chogogo Resort 1.0 mi. W Resort
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort 1.2 mi. SE Resort
Royal Sea Aquarium Resort 2.3 mi. W Resort
Lions Dive & Beach Resort 2.3 mi. W Resort
Kontiki Dive And Beach Resort 2.6 mi. WNW Resort
Sunscape Curacao 2.7 mi. WNW Resort
ACOYA Hotel Suites & Villas 3.1 mi. WNW Resort
Celeste Hotel 3.2 mi. WNW Hotel

Food

If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Seasons Restaurant. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and International menu items.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Caracasbaai
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Seasons Restaurant (599-9) 738-3864 Caribbean, International -- -- --
Tinto Restaurant (599-9) 747-0633 -- -- -- --
Classics Bar Restaurant (599-9) 767-8000 International Informal 0.9 mi. W
Papagayo Beach Club (599) 974-7433 ext. 283 International Informal 1.0 mi. W
Papagayo Restaurant (599) 974-7433 ext. 113 French, Mediterranean Fine Dining 1.0 mi. W
Chogogo Terrace (599-9) 747-2844 ext 2203 International Informal 1.0 mi. W
Zanzibar Restaurant (599-9) 747-0633 -- -- 1.1 mi. W
Jun Sushi (599) 800-8582 ext. 873 Asian, Contemporary Informal 1.2 mi. SE
Hemingway Beach Bar & Restaurant (599-9) 465-0740 Cuban Informal 2.3 mi. W
Mambo Beach (599-9) 461-8999 Eclectic Very Casual 2.5 mi. W
Cabana Beach (005) 999-4631 ext. 600 International Informal 2.6 mi. WNW
Restaurant Seasons (999) 788-2800 Caribbean Informal 3.1 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Curacao has many beaches, so Caracasbaai is just one of your options.

Another location you may want to try is Boka St. Michiel, which is located ten and a half miles to the west-northwest.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Curaçao, and Caracasbaai offers just one way to spend time outdoors.

 

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