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 want to enjoy part of your vacation out in the fresh air? You may be happy to find out that the island has a couple of nature preserves on it.

Curacao Marine Park is a nature preserve located 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.

Vacationers looking to find a another great natural attraction will be interested in seeing opportunities like Christoffel National Park. Activities as Christoffel National Park are as varied as the species that live there, and there is something for everyone of every taste. For those up for a true adventure, there are over eight hiking trails that can be explored and hiked over a few hours.

Review the table below to read more about 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

Even though most visitors are attracted by the beaches, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Curacao offers multiple options, including a couple of caves.

You should consider visiting Hato Caves, which is located in 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 enables you to learn more information about 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 enjoy either of two parks on Curacao.

Den Paradera is located 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 here:

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 thought of spending some time surrounded by animals tickles your fancy, 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.

Another related option 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.

Check out this table if you want 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 concept of experiencing life on a tropical plantation captures your imagination, 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 fun idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other options like these on Curacao are displayed in the following table.

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

Of course, Curacao has additional attractions. For more about other attractions, use this link.

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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