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 outside? You may be happy to learn the island has a pair of nature preserves on it.

Curacao Marine Park is a popular nature preserve found 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.

Travelers wanting to find a another great natural attraction will enjoy exploring 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.

Check out the table just below for information on more 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 travelers are drawn by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Curacao offers some great options, including a couple of caves.

You may enjoy visiting Hato Caves, which is situated 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 chart below offers some key facts 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 enjoy either of two parks on Curacao.

Den Paradera is found within 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 worth looking into are shown in the chart 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 passing some time at the zoo sounds like fun, you should visit 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 similar attraction 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.

Check this table for more information about what's available.

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

Plantations

Aloe Vera Plantation

If the thought of spending some time on a tropical plantation sounds like fun, you really should consider visiting 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 visit some of the more popular naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Curacao are summarized directly 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

Bear in mind that you'll find plenty of other types of attractions. To reach our page about other attractions, click 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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