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 on the island of Curacao, close to St. Willibrordus, Playa Porto Mari is on the West edge of the island, You might want even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Playa Porto Mari has fast become the favorite of many vacationers; it has a somewhat urban and convenient setting, but is usually not over-crowded. If you'd rather socialize than take a nap on a completely empty beach, but don't want to compete with other beachgoers for a spot, Playa Porto Mari offers a good middle ground.

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 restaurant on-location, which many Playa Porto Mari visitors find convenient and satisfying. There all types of dining experiences to be enjoyed in Curaçao, but eating at the beach can be especially fun. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Visitors to Playa Porto Mari will find it is equipped with picnic tables, showers, and restrooms.

You'll also find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests looking for a break from the hot sun will not go leave unhappy. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you want to check out what lies beneath the surface.

Guests who hope to take advantage of the amenities offered here, are in luck; Playa Porto Mari is found in an area which is generally free of many crowds. Taking that into consideration, failing to find an unused amenity or service while at the beach is not a thing you will do very often, in spite of if it is the most popular time to visit.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Playa Porto Mari is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the West coast of Curacao; the area hosts attractions such as Landhuis Ascension, which is four miles to the north-northeast.

Historic attractions, including Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Playa Porto Mari, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Curaçao's past, without having to leave the coast. As a matter of fact, this shore will be found within the range of a cab from this historical destination.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Curaçao. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 part of Curacao to Playa Porto Mari is St. Willibrordus. It's important to note that St. Willibrordus is a fairly rural area, but it will be a nice day out for those wishing to get a better feel for the area.

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels within a several miles, the closest ones 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 you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you can still satisfy your hunger, especially if you're prepared to venture a little farther away. Karakter is one of the closest eateries, which is only a short distance away.

The following table 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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on Curacao besides Playa Porto Mari.

Vacationers may also want to visit Playa Santa Cruz, which is located seven and a half miles to the northwest.

Curaçao has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and dropping by Playa Porto Mari is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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