Natural Attractions on Curacao

Curacao abounds with natural sites that will take your breath away

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Many vacationers feel they get enough of a feel of the natural side of Curacao just by relaxing on the uncrowded beaches of the island. This may be a great way to spend your days on Curacao, but as you will find out by reading below, there is more to nature on the island than white sand.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Christoffel National Park

Do you like spending time seeing the local flaura and fauna? You may be happy to find out that the island has a pair of nature preserves on it.

Curacao Marine Park is a nature preserve situated in southeastern Curacao. The marine park was established in 1983 and is well-known for its great snorkeling, diving and educational opportunities. Here, visitors may encounter sea turtles, rays, sharks, barracudas, more than 350 species of fish, and 65 species of coral.

Those looking to locate a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing choices like Christoffel National Park. Since its establishment in 1978, Christoffel National Park has become a safe refuge for hundreds of native species that are scarcely seen anywhere on the rest of Curacao. Luckily, this conservation area and its rich ecosystem is open to visitors who seek to explore the side of Curacao away from the beaches and tourist attractions, and is sure to please anyone who takes the time necessary to fully appreciate this massive reserve.

View the table just below to see nature preserves.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Curacao
Name Type Location
Christoffel National Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 3.3 mi. East of Central Lagun
Curacao Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 9.8 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad

Caves

Hato Caves

Although most people visiting the area are drawn by the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Curacao offers multiple choices, including a couple of caves.

You may enjoy visiting Hato Caves, which is found within the vicinity of Willemstad, in central Curacao. At 200 thousand years old, the Hato Caves were made accessible to the public in 1991 when foot paths were carved into the ground. Now this spot, which is the biggest cave on the island, is also one of the most popular natural attractions.

The table just below offers more details concerning caves.

Caves On Curacao
Name Type Location
Hato Caves Cave The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao
Kueba Di Hato Cave The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao

Parks

Visitors can spend some time in either of two parks on Curacao.

Den Paradera is found in northwestern Curacao. Den Paradera is a garden of healing herbs as put together by Dinah Veeris. Veeris studied at the California School for Herbal Studies, and put Den Pardera together after interviewing the elderly in her community to learn about old healing traditions.

The parks you'll be able to find are shown directly below.

Parks On Curacao
Name Type Location
Den Paradera Park 3.2 mi. Northeast of Central Lagun
Saliña Fiesta Park Park 3.7 mi. East of Central Otrabanda

Zoos and Aquariums

Curacao Ostrich Farm

If the concept of spending part of a day surrounded by animals sounds like fun, consider visiting Curacao Ostrich Farm. One of the most unique natural attractions in the Caribbean is the Curacao Ostrich Farm, where you can learn about and interact with the long-necked bird.

A second related venue is Curacao Sea Aquarium. 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.

Take a moment to look through this table for more information.

Zoos and Aquariums On Curacao
Name Type Location
Curacao Ostrich Farm Zoo The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao
Curacao Sea Aquarium Aquarium 3.3 mi. Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Parrot Paradise Zoo Willemstad

Plantations

Aloe Vera Plantation

If the idea of experiencing life on a tropical plantation sounds intriguing, you should visit Aloe Vera Plantation. Curacao is a leading producer in aloe vera, and visitors can take some time to explore one of the production plants and garden from which aloe vera is harvested. This Aloe Vera Plantation in particular focuses on keeping eco-friendly practices.

Plantations On Curacao
Name Type Location Island
Aloe Vera Plantation Plantation The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao Curacao

Land Formations

Another idea is to go see some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Curacao are shown here:

Land Formations On Curacao
Name Type Location Island
Caracas Bay Bay 5.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda Curacao
Oswaldo's Dropoff Reef 1.5 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad None
Port of Willemstad Harbour Downtown Willemstad Curacao
Snake Bay Bay 0.3 mi. South West of Central Sint Michiel Curacao

If you are seeking a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you should cast a wider net. Anyone needing to get more information concerning other attractions here.

Whether you hike the trails of Christoffel National Park or head underground for a tour of Hato Caves, the wonders of Mother Nature are everywhere around you on Curacao.

 

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