Natural Attractions on Curacao

Curacao abounds with natural sites that will take your breath away

Photo Credit: © Aloe Vera Plantation
 

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 under the open sky? You may be pleased to know the island has a couple of nature preserves on it.

Curacao Marine Park is a great nature preserve found in southeastern Curacao. Stretching from the Breezes Hotel to the eastern tip of the island is this unofficially protected area. Currently, the law does not make it a designated marine preserve, but they are working towards that goal and continue to remain vigilant in keeping the area pristine.

Those looking to locate a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring opportunities like Christoffel National Park. The park is a major attraction on Curacao and is easy to get to if you drive yourself or ask guide. Additionally, the main bus station in Otrabanda have buses that leave every two hours to the park.

Be sure to look at this table for a list of 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 travelers are attracted by the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Curacao offers some great options, including a couple of caves.

You should consider visiting Hato Caves, which is located in the vicinity of Willemstad, in central Curacao. Within the Hato Caves visitor will see a collection of limestone formations, the statue of Maria holding her child, and a water pool. Several tours are available, including the Hato Cave Tour, which is a 45 minute guided walk trough the cave which leaves daily at 4:00 p.m.

The following table summarizes 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

Travelers can experience 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 available can be seen right 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 idea of spending part of a day at the zoo 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.

A second related venue is Curacao Sea Aquarium. Sea Aquarium allows visitors the opportunity to view a variety of sea life, and tours and presentations are available. Some opportunities to touch the creatures are even presented.

View the following 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 idea of seeing and experiencing a tropical plantation sounds like fun, you should visit Aloe Vera Plantation. The Aloe Vera Plantation offer visitors plenty of information on the plant, and the process by which it becomes the popular creams. When visiting, you will watch a short video showing the production, and will be able to ask staff questions. Additionally, you will be able to browse the gift shop where you can purchase a number of aloe related products.

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. Other options like these on Curacao are summarized below.

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 variety of attractions beyond the category on this page, you can find others. Those 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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