Playa Forti

Loacted on the islands northwestern most tip, you'll find stunning panoramic views, especially from above the beach. Visited mostly by locals, you'll find some neat little restaurants snack bars, and a couple huts for shade at this laid-back destination.

Positioned toward the center of Westpunt, Playa Forti is on the North West coast of Curacao. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Visitors will find that, while Playa Forti is certainly not secluded, you also wouldn't call it particularly popular. It's the perfect choice for travelers who want to make the most of their trip to the beach without having to fight other beachgoers for a spot in the sand.

How to Access The Beach

If you're coming from the eastern or middle portions of the island, take Westpunt west. In the small town of Barber, you can either take a left on Kaminda Popo Royer or continue straight on Westpunt. Both routes will get you there in about the same time - going left will take you along the coast, while keeping straight will take you through the national park. Either way, at the western tip you'll find a number of restaurants and parking areas, one of which is for Playa Forti.

Amenities and Ambiance

Snorkeling is popular here, particularly if you go a bit off to the left where there is a steep cliff. Others find the cliff an exciting place to jump off from into the cool blue waters. Under the water you'll find an interesting variety of exotic fish, coral and sponges.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Playa Forti. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own cuisine, and Curaçao is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to try local specialties is right on the water. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

There is also a snack bar here.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

What's Nearby


Playa Forti is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the North West coast of Curacao; it will be near other attractions like Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is only a short distance away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but some visitors find that museums like Tula Museum (located a mile and a half away) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new perspective of Curaçao.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Forti
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Landhuis Kenepa Plantation Historical Site 1.9 SSE Curacao
Tula Museum Museum 1.9 SSE Curacao
Savonet Museum Museum 3.4 ESE Curacao
Landhuis Ascension Museum 9.1 SE Curacao
Holland Casino Casino 18.9 SE Curacao

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Westpunt is noted for its balance between seclusion and urbanization.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. Playa Forti is not located near many major hotels, but it can attract guests from some of the area's smaller options.


Though this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you are prepared to venture a little farther away. One of the nearest places to eat is Landhuis Daniel, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Forti
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Landhuis Daniel (599-9) 864-8400 Creole, Dutch, French, Mediterranean Informal -- --
Watamula Restaurant (599-9) 839-3600 -- -- -- --
Kalki Beach Bar And Grill (599-9) 839-3600 American Very Casual 0.5 mi. NW
Jaanchi's Restaurant (599-9) 864-0126 Caribbean -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are lots of other spots along the coast of Curacao, so Playa Forti is just one of your options.

If the active mood at Playa Forti is one of the features you love, consider checking out Playa Kenepa, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the south. If you're looking for something a little more private, you might enjoy Playa Piskado. It is located only a short distance away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Santa Cruz, located reasonably close-by, meaning a quick cab ride should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.

You may find that Playa Forti is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Curaçao you might like.


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