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.

Positioned just outside the heart of the island of Curacao, in the vicinity of St. Willibrordus, Playa Porto Mari is on the West coast of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may really like the middle ground found at Playa Porto Mari. It's just slightly removed from the center of it all, 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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Curaçao has so many interesting places to sit and enjoy a meal, but you don't have to eat every meal in a formal setting. Many vacationers have lunch right on their towels in the sand. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Curaçao's famous street food along the way.

Showers, picnic tables, and restrooms are offered at Playa Porto Mari, so beachgoers can come prepared to spend a full day at the beach and enjoy all the best benefits.

In addition, you'll find umbrellas and chairs, so guests looking for a shaded area to relax will not go leave unhappy. The water in the area is fit for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

the area right around Playa Porto Mari is rarely very crowded, What this means is that straining to obtain an unoccupied convenience here is not something you will have to go through when arriving at the beach, in spite of what time of the day you get there.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the West coast of Curacao. It is near Landhuis Ascension, which is an easy taxi ride's distance, and it is among the favorite local destinations.

If you want to learn more about the history of Curaçao, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. The nearest historical attraction is Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is within reach of a taxi.

If a visit to the Playa Porto Mari isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones 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 should be noted that St. Willibrordus is not overly developed, and it will be a nice day out for guests wanting to scope out the local scene.

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Although vacationers will find only a few places to stay in the region, those accommodation options closest to Playa Porto Mari can be seen in the following table.

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

Food

Although the area surrounding Playa Porto Mari isn't exactly a culinary hot spot, you can still find some interesting eateries, especially if you're willing to venture a little out of the way. The closest places to grab a bite to eat is Karakter, which is a mile and a half to the south-southeast of it.

The table below lists places to eat near this beach.

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

Curacao has many nice beaches, and Playa Porto Mari is just one option.

You might also want to visit Playa Santa Cruz, which is located not too far away, and can be reached in a taxi.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Curaçao, but Playa Porto Mari is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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