Playa Porto Mari

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Tourists flock to this beach, and for good reason. Diving and snorkeling are great here, and there is an on-location dive equipment shop available. Though even more than that, people come here to relax in the sun with friends and family, and hang out at the popular seaside restaurant.

Because Playa Porto Mari is such a popular spot, there are numerous facilities and activities available here. These include the aforementioned restaurant, the Beach Bar and Restaurant which serves grill favorites and mixed drinks -- the perfect accompaniment to a day at the beach. Another important attraction here is the Seru Mateo Trail which has historic as well as athletic significance to the people of Curacao. Additionally, the beach hosts the Curacao Off-Road Triathalon each year, so if you're vacationing here between the months of October and November, you may want to check and see if it will take place during your stay.

There is a $3(USD) entrance fee, but the availability of such a unique diving landscape, beach chairs, and a covered picnic area makes most agree that the price is worth admission.

Located near the middle of the island of Curacao, near St. Willibrordus, Playa Porto Mari is on the West edge of the island, You should think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, may really like a visit to Playa Porto Mari. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's not dead and empty either.

How to Access The Beach
If you're coming in the car, you'll want to head on the northwest bound road from the town of Sint Willibrordus. Staying on this will take you directly to the beach.
Playa Porto Mari

Amenities and Ambiance

Renowned for its unique double reef off shore, the hills and cliffs along the western coast create come stunning scenery on shore, and the multitude of shady spots make for a perfectly relaxing day on the beach. The water here is incredible clear and the sand is almost entirely rock free. There is a very relaxed atmosphere here, and the mood turns romantic as the sun goes down.

There is also a great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. There are several types of dining experiences to be enjoyed in Curaçao, but having a meal on the beach can be a particularly memorable one. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

Playa Porto Mari offers showers, picnic tables, and restrooms, meaning visitors can enjoy these benefits and potentially spend quite a bit of time here.

You'll also find chairs and umbrellas here, so visitors looking for a shaded area to relax will get their wish. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration.

the region in which Playa Porto Mari is located is rarely very crowded, As such, sweating to acquire an unclaimed amenity or service at Playa Porto Mari is something that you will not do very often, no matter what time it is.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Positioned on the West coast of Curacao; the area is home to other attractions such as Landhuis Ascension, which is four miles away.

If you want more information on the history of Curaçao, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For instance, nearby is Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is nine and a half miles to the north-northwest.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Playa Porto Mari
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Landhuis Ascension Museum 4.0 NNE Curacao
Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort Golf Course 8.9 SE Curacao
Savonet Museum Museum 9.3 N Curacao
Holland Casino Casino 9.4 E Curacao
Landhuis Kenepa Plantation Historical Site 9.5 NNW Curacao

Cities and Towns

The closest region of Curacao to Playa Porto Mari is St. Willibrordus. It's important to note that this part in Curaçao is not overly developed, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those who want to see more of the area.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. This spot is not near many large hotels, but you may see visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

While there aren't many hotels within a several miles, the ones found nearest to the water are shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Playa Porto Mari
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Coral Estate 1.1 mi. SE Resort
Bayside Boutique Hotel 9.0 mi. SE Hotel
Airport Hotel and Holland Casino 9.4 mi. E Hotel

Food

While there aren't many widely-known restaurants nearby, you'll still have some choices, particularly if you are prepared to drive a bit. One of the closest places to eat is Karakter, which is not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Playa Porto Mari
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Karakter (599) 9 864-2233 Caribbean, French Very Casual 1.5 mi. SSE
Villa Monte Bar Grill Restaurant (599-9) 516-5063 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Travelers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Playa Porto Mari.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Santa Cruz, which is located seven and a half miles to the northwest.

You may find that Playa Porto Mari is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, Curaçao offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.

 

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