Playa Kalki

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At the northwestern tip of the island, this is easily one of the best spots on Curacao for snorkeling and diving. With its limestone cliffs (Kalki means limestone in Papiamentu), it's also one of the prettiest. There are a number of shaded areas, a snack bar, and dive shop for those looking to relax on beach instead of, or after, exploring underwater. In 2013, Travel + Leisure listed Playa Kalki as one of the "Best Beaches on Earth," calling it the third best beach for activities.

Situated toward the northwestern outskirts of Westpunt, Playa Kalki is on the North West edge of Curacao. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— may find that Playa Kalki is just the right spot. It's a little bit removed from Curaçao's urban areas, but it's also not completely secluded.

How to Access The Beach
Take Westpunt out to the western tip of the island. Take a right into Sabina Westpunt and follow the roads out to the coast. The beach is free to access and there is a parking area off the coastal road.
Playa Kalki

Amenities and Ambiance

Playa Kalki sits in front of beautiful hills and cliffs, green and full of life. For snorkelers and divers, visibility is often in excess of 100 feet, and it is just a short swim out to the steep coral wall drop that attracts so many. The entrance to the beach is a bit rocky, so practice caution if you're going to walk around barefoot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Fortunately, umbrellas will be available for guests seeking relief from the sultry island sun.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on the North West coast of Curacao. Landhuis Kenepa Plantation is found two and a half miles to the south-southeast, and it is among the attractions in the region.

Museums and beaches may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like Tula Museum (found just a walk or cab ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of Curaçao's history.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Kalki
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Landhuis Kenepa Plantation Historical Site 2.3 SSE Curacao
Tula Museum Museum 2.3 SSE Curacao
Savonet Museum Museum 3.8 ESE Curacao
Landhuis Ascension Museum 9.5 SE Curacao
Holland Casino Casino 19.3 SE Curacao

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Westpunt, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. The area does not have very many large hotels, but you may meet guests from the few small lodgings in the area.


Although this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you're willing to venture a little out of the way. Kalki Beach Bar And Grill is one of the closest eateries, which is not far off the beach at all.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Playa Kalki
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Kalki Beach Bar And Grill (599-9) 839-3600 American Very Casual 0.1 mi. NNW
Landhuis Daniel (599-9) 864-8400 Creole, Dutch, French, Mediterranean Informal -- --
Watamula Restaurant (599-9) 839-3600 -- -- -- --
Jaanchi's Restaurant (599-9) 864-0126 Caribbean -- -- --

Other Beaches

Playa Kalki is just one of many beaches you can visit on Curacao.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa Kalki is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider heading to Westpunt, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located a mile to the north. Westpunt is a public beach, but it is fishermen and their boats that mostly frequent this beach. Vacationers can visit Westpunt's dive shop to do some underwater exploration. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Playa Forti is a location secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it not far off the beach at all.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Santa Cruz, which is located five miles to the south.

Curaçao offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Playa Kalki is just one of the many options.


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