Shopping on Curacao

Curacao is not a duty free port, but there are still great deals to be had

Photo credit: © Curacao Tourist Board

While Curacao is not known as one of the top places to go in Caribbean for shopping bargains, some great deals can be found if you know where to look.

Even if you don't find the best prices, the items available in island boutiques are high quality and worth the price. Curacao has been a high-traffic trade center for generations, and island proprietors know how to choose the best products for their customers.

Where to Shop

The shopping in Willemstad is mainly concentrated in the Punda shopping district, along Heerenstraat and Breedestraat. This area has always been the main shopping area of the city, and today the streets are only available to pedestrians. You will find a little bit of everything in the shops of Punda, including open air markets where locals sell their wares. Check out Floating Market, New Market, and Old Market.


Otrobanda, on the other side of St. Anna Bay from Punda, offers more shopping opportunities. Once considered to be the slums of Willemstad, a revamp has made the waterfront area home to some high end boutiques such as Tiffanys. Renaissance Mall & Rif Fort is in Otrobanda, and offers over 50 stores, 15 bars and restaurants, and is known for its nightlife offerings.

Saliña is the largest shopping area on Curacao after Punda. A number of small shopping centers offer more every day goods than souvenirs, and they are located at larger distances from one another than the shops in Punda, so a car is necessary if you want to “mall hop.” If you are on the hunt for souvenirs in Saliña, Saliña Galleries is where the European boutiques are located.

The Promenade, Bloempot, and Zuikertuintje Shopping Centers are also malls situated throughout the islands, comprised of multiple stores selling a variety of international and local products.

Gifts and Souvenirs

If you enjoy shopping for gifts or souvenirs you might want to try Freeport Duty Free, which is located in Punda, Curacao. One of six shops owned by one of the top jewelry and timepiece dealers on the island, Freeport Duty Free gives visitors the chance to pick up top-of-the-line accessories without breaking the bank. Visitors can reach them at (599-9) 461-9500.

A second possibility is Occhiali Willemstad, which is found a short distance away of Freeport Duty Free. Protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun -- and look good while you're at it when you shop with Occhiali. Visitors can reach them at (999) 738-8568.

Many gift and souvenir shops on Curacao are shown in the chart below.

Gifts and Souvenirs On Curacao
Name Type Phone Location
Cucinarte Kitchen Jewels & Gifts Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 737-7477 Willemstad
Freeport Duty Free Duty Free Store (599-9) 461-9500 Downtown Willemstad
Mais Mhine Gift & Accessories Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 524-0244 Willemstad
Occhiali Willemstad Sunglasses Shop (999) 738-8568 Willemstad
Souvenir City Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 465-3728 The vicinity of Willemstad
Supreme & Real Souvenir Shop Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 461-3736 Punda
Tropical Souveniers Gift and Souvenir Shops (599-9) 465-7131 The vicinity of Willemstad

Specialty Shops

Products available on Curacao make up an international buffet. Dutch Delft blue china, French perfumes, Italian silk, Japanese cameras are all available, as are a mixture of items coming from any of these countries and others around the world. Visitors will find clothing, jewelry, leather goods, linens, liquor, and watches at island shops.

One of the interesting speciality shops in the area is CURious2DIVE. They're located within the vicinity of Willemstad, Curacao. "If you can breathe, you can dive." That's their motto at CURious2DIVE, and they offer a number of courses and dive excursions to prove it. Sign up for scuba training for beginners all the way through to Master Diver, and when you reach that level, continue on by taking specialty courses like wreck and reef diving. Guests can reach them at (999) 513-2265.

A second option is Caribbean Sea Sports, which is found approximately seven and a half miles (12 kilometers) to the west-northwest of CURious2DIVE. Known as the dive shop with "personality," Caribbean Sea Sports is all about having fun while enjoying the sport of scuba diving. Everyone is made to feel welcome and like part of the team, which in turn helps them to feel safe and allows them to thrive as they learn new scuba skills. You can contact them at (599-9) 462-2620.

Kalina Studio: In addition to photographic prints that Kalina has snapped, she also specialized in wedding photography. To talk to them, call (999) 738-9966.

The table below provides you with more information about the specialty shops located on Curacao.

Specialty Shops On Curacao
Name Type Phone Location
CURious2DIVE Dive Shop (999) 513-2265 5.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Otrabanda
Caribbean Sea Sports Dive Shop (599-9) 462-2620 2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda
Caribbean Sea Sports Hilton Dive Shop (+599-9) 462-2630 2.1 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda
Caribbean Sea Sports Marriott Dive Shop (+599-9) 462-2620 2.0 mi. West-Northwest of Central Otrabanda
De Goudsmid Jewelry Store -- Downtown Willemstad
Dive Center Aquarius Dive Shop (599-9) 461-2248 Zeelandia
Dive Center Scuba Do Dive Shop (599-9) 767-9300 Jan Thiel
Fashion Zone Jewelry Store (599-9) 736-1394 Downtown Willemstad
Freeport Jewelers Breedestraat Jewelry Store (599-9) 465-8117 Downtown Willemstad
Freeport Jewelers Zuikertuin Jewelry Store (999) 736-1394 Willemstad
Freeport Jewelry & Gifts Jewelry Store (599-9) 461-2399 / (599-9) 461-3764 Willemstad
Gallery John Baselmans Art Gallery (999) 864-3595 Punda
Handmade By Me Art Gallery (999) 738-2606 Willemstad
Kalina Studio Art Gallery (999) 738-9966 Willemstad
Nena Sanchez Gallery Art Gallery (999) 869-4965 Willemstad
Old Freeport Shop Watch Store (599-9) 461-2399 Downtown Willemstad
Pandora Punda Jewelry Store (599) 9 465-4774 Downtown Willemstad
Scuba Store and More Dive Shop (999) 738-6640 Willemstad
Serena's Art Factory Art Gallery (599-9) 738-0648 The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao
Top 1 Toys Toy and Game Store (999) 736-2686 Willemstad

Clothing and Apparel

Hoping to find some new clothing during your vacation? You might want to try The Bikini Shop -- it's located in Jan Thiel. With the biggest selection of beachwear on Curacao, the Bikini Shop has everything you need to get you beach ready in no time. If you want to call ahead, you can do so at (599-9) 461-7343.

Another shop to consider is Occhiali Willemstad -- which is found 4.2 mi. (6.7 km) to the northwest of The Bikini Shop. Protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun -- and look good while you're at it when you shop with Occhiali. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (999) 738-8568.

A third place to consider is McGregor. Located in the only air conditioned mall on the island, this shop caters to men who want comfort and fashion all at once. To contact them, call (999) 738-6442.

Take a moment to read the following chart for more information.

Clothing and Apparel On Curacao
Name Type Phone Location
Cocoon Bay and Kids Children's and Infants' Clothing and Accessory Store (999) 738-3133 Willemstad
DLG Department Store (999) 737-5501 Willemstad
Emilia Too Boutique (999) 738-6354 Willemstad
Fashion Focus Boutique -- Willemstad
Four Seasons Boutique (999) 736-3300 Willemstad
Hunkermoller Lingerie Store (999) 747-8080 Willemstad
Lacoste Willemstad Men's Clothing Store (999) 738-6313 Willemstad
Living Fashion Clothing Store -- The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao
McGregor Men's Clothing Store (999) 738-6442 Willemstad
Never Pay More Promenade Boutique (999) 465-1445 Willemstad
Occhiali Willemstad Sunglasses Shop (999) 738-8568 Willemstad
Onix Shoe Store (599-9) 462-8848 Willemstad
Onix Kids Shoe Store (999) 737-0022 Willemstad
Penha Willemstad Boutique (999) 738-6368 Willemstad
Pronto Moda Boutique (999) 736-5529 Willemstad
Sea and Sand Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (999) 736-3655 Willemstad
The Athlete's Foot Curacao Shoe Store (599-9) 461-2700 Punda
The Bikini Shop Swimwear, Beachwear and Sportswear Store (599-9) 461-7343 Jan Thiel
Tommy Hilfiger Willemstad Boutique (999) 737-7618 Willemstad
Where to Wear Boutique (999) 736-0844 Willemstad

Food and Grocery

Got the munchies? Vreugdenhil Supermarket is located within Willemstad. This all-encompassing grocery store is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you're looking for something specific, call them at (599-9) 461-1296.

Another option is Bon Bini Supermarket, which is found mi. ( km) to the of Vreugdenhil Supermarket. Fulfilling all of your grocery shopping needs, Bon Bini Supermarket is well known for its high quality of service and nice selection of food stock. To contact them, call (599-9) 737-9240.

Be sure to look at the following chart for more information about your options.

Food and Grocery Stores On Curacao
Name Type Phone Location
Albert Heijn Grocery Store -- 1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad
Banketbakkerij Majestic Bakery (599-9) 461-5549 Willemstad
Bon Bini Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 737-9240 Willemstad
Candy Barrel Confectionery and Nut Store (999) 461-0977 1.9 mi. East of Downtown Willemstad
Edmy's Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (599-9) 737-0787 Willemstad
Esperamos Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 868-1473 The vicinity of Willemstad, Central Curacao
Fayad's Bakery Bakery (599-9) 888-4440 Willemstad
Frank's Liqour Store Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (599-9) 868-3839 Willemstad
Panaderia Bon Pan Suffisant Bakery (599-9) 869-1565 / (599-9) 869-2777 / (599-9) 747-1566 Willemstad
Panaderia Central Bakery (599-9) 869-1290 Willemstad
Panaderia Isa Bakery (599-9) 462-3666 Punda
Panaderia Nobo Bakery (599-9) 868-3065 Willemstad
Panaderia Victoria Bakery (599-9) 868-4386 Willemstad
Village Beverage Center Beer, Wine, and Liquor Store (599-9) 461-0101 Willemstad
Vreugdenhil Supermarket Grocery Store (599-9) 461-1296 Willemstad

Duties, Taxes, and Tips

The official currency on Curacao is the Netherlands Antilles guilder (also called the florin), though the United States Dollar (USD) is almost universally accepted. Payment can also be made by credit card. The prices in island stores are fixed, and not a jumping-off point for bargaining. Shopping on Curacao is not duty free, despite some shops in Willemstad claiming to be.

Shops on Curacao are typically open Monday through Saturday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., with a two hour break in service mid-day. Hours may vary when cruise ships dock, with the shops staying open through lunch, later in the day, and sometimes even on Sundays.

If you plan to spend a chunk of your Caribbean vacation shopping, pick Curacao to do it. While you may not find the best prices, they aren't outrageous either, and the product is always worthy. On top of that, allowing yourself to get lost in the crowd as you wander from vendor to vendor is an experience all its own.


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