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.

Located along the northwestern outskirts of Westpunt, Playa Kalki is on the North West edge of Curacao. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Vacationers will notice that, while Playa Kalki is by no means quiet and secluded, it's also not one of Curaçao's most crowded beaches. It's the perfect choice for vacationers who want to enjoy a beach with mild activity but also want to skip out on the crowds.

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, umbrellas are available for guests looking for a place to relax in the shade.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the North West coast of Curacao; it's located near attractions like Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is two and a half miles away.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but some visitors find that museums like Tula Museum (found two and a half miles to the south-southeast) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new way to view Curaçao's traditions and culture.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in Curaçao. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 a trip into the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Westpunt, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it's sometimes enjoyed by visitors staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Food

Though this location isn't located in the culinary epicenter of the area, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you're willing to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Kalki Beach Bar And Grill, which is not far off the beach at all.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

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 searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Playa Kalki.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Playa Kalki is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider also visiting Westpunt, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it 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 an area which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You may also want to consider Playa Santa Cruz, located fairly close-by, which means a quick cab ride is a solid choice.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in Curaçao, and dropping by Playa Kalki is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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