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 aren't staying very close. Those planning on making a stop at this beach can have a relaxing time without sacrificing the chance to meet new people.

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, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, beach umbrellas can be used by visitors hoping for a shaded area to relax.

What's Nearby


Playa Kalki is on the North West coast of Curacao. It is near some interesting sites like Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is found two and a half miles away, and it is among the attractions close-by.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to Tula Museum, a lovely museum found only a brief walk or taxi ride away, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Playa Kalki is very close to Westpunt, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The closest town is Westpunt, which is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested.


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time of day to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There are not many large hotels nearby, but it can appeal to visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.


Although there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you are willing to drive a bit. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Kalki Beach Bar And Grill, which is only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

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

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Playa Kalki.

You may also like Westpunt, which is in a pretty active location. 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. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Playa Forti is a beach which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it just a little ways away.

You may also want to consider Playa Santa Cruz, which is located fairly close-by, meaning a short ride in a taxi can take you where you want to go.

You may find that Playa Kalki is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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