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.

Located in the heart of Westpunt, Playa Forti is on the North West coast of Curacao. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Beachgoers should keep in mind that, while Playa Forti is by no means quiet and secluded, it's not the rowdiest beach in Curaçao either. It's the perfect choice for those of you who want to enjoy a beach with mild activity but wish to stay away from the most populated spots.

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. There are several, unique dining options in Curaçao, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many visitors, in fact, simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North West coast of Curacao. It's located near Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like Tula Museum (located just a quick cab ride or walk away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help visitors understand Curaçao's interesting past.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Westpunt, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Food

Though there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, particularly if you are willing to venture a little out of the way. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Landhuis Daniel, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table provides a list of 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

There are other beaches on Curacao you might like besides Playa Forti.

If the exciting vibe at Playa Forti has you wanting more of the same, consider also visiting Playa Kenepa, a spot with the same type of electricity. You'll find it one and a quarter miles to the south. If you're looking for something a little more private, Playa Piskado could be a good option for you. You'll find it just a short distance away.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Playa Santa Cruz, located four and a half miles to the south.

Playa Forti could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.

 

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