In the middle of the island sits Varsenbaai, a peaceful spot looking out onto a small bay. The waters off shore are remarkably clear and, protected from heavy waves and currents, very gentle. Divers, snorkelers, and swimmers of all types will enjoy getting into the ocean here. There is a $2 entrance fee, and the hours are from 10am to 6pm.
Located on the island of Curacao, near Sint Michiel, You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Curaçao's beaches are hardly known for being secluded, but Varsenbaai is less exposed than the others, making it just the right spot for vacationers who don't want to wander too far away, but would rather avoid the most hectic parts of town.
If you're coming from the eastern part of the island, find your way westbound on Weg Naar Bullenbaai. After the marina at St. Michiel, make your second paved left. This road is a straight shot to the beach.
Under the surface, advanced divers will enjoy the "underground junkyard", which features cars, ships, and cranes among other wreckage. there isn't a huge amount of natural shade here, but there are some huts which will do the trick if you're lucky enough to nab one.
Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.
If you go for sunny days which provide a peaceful environment, then you should enjoy Varsenbaai; it is tucked away in a much quieter part of Curacao.
You'll find this beach on the South West coast of Curacao. It is near some interesting sites like Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, which is seen two miles away, and it is one of a few favorite local destinations.
To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but some visitors find that museums like Curacao Museum (one of the closest to Varsenbaai) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new way to view Curaçao's traditions and culture.
Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.
|Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort||Golf Course||2.2||SE||Curacao|
Varsenbaai is very close to, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Varsenbaai guests hoping to find other opportunities for exploration might want to consider heading to Piscadera, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of Curaçao. From the shore, Piscadera is a fairly short distance away, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).
The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may encounter visitors from the few small lodgings in the area.
Since this beach is in a fairly popular tourist destination, it is not typically a great challenge to find exactly the type of hotel you're looking for close-by. For guests wanting to get a place that's on or near the beach, the table below shows the closest accommodations to Varsenbaai.
|Hilton Curaçao||3.7 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Clarion Hotel And Suites Curacao||3.8 mi.||SE||Hotel|
|Floris Suite Hotel||3.8 mi.||SE||Hotel|
|Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino||3.9 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Royal Palm Resort||4.0 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino||5.3 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Veneto Casino and Holiday Beach Resort||5.3 mi.||SE||Resort|
|Howard Johnson Curaçao Plaza Hotel & Casino||5.9 mi.||SE||Hotel|
If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the nearest places to eat is.
A list of nearby restaurants is listed in the following table.
|Pirate Bay Beach Club & Restaurant||(599-9) 461-0183||Caribbean, International||Informal||--||--|
|Aqua Restaurant||(599-9) 462-5000||Caribbean, International||Informal||3.7 mi.||SE|
|Beach Bar & Grill||(599-9) 462-5000||American||Very Casual||3.7 mi.||SE|
|Cielo Ristorante Italiano||(599-9) 462-5000||Italian||--||3.7 mi.||SE|
|(599-9) 463-6148||--||--||3.8 mi.||SE|
|Sjalotte||599-9-462-6111||Caribbean, European, Fusion||Fine Dining||3.8 mi.||SE|
|(599-9) 736-8800||--||--||3.9 mi.||SE|
|Portofino Restaurant||(599-9) 736-8800||International||--||3.9 mi.||SE|
|(599-9) 736-8800||--||--||3.9 mi.||SE|
Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Varsenbaai doesn't suit their tastes.
Another location you might enjoy is Daibooibaai, which is home to plenty of activity. You'll find it six and a half miles to the northwest. Daibooibaai's dramatic cliffs rise out of the bright blue waters for guests to look at while lounging on the shore, and chairs and umbrellas are available for extra comfort. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Blauwbaai is an area which doesn't see as many crowds. It is located just a little ways away.
You may also want to consider Boka St. Michiel, located a mile away.
Curaçao has plenty to offer its visitors, so visiting Varsenbaai is just one way you can enjoy a sunny afternoon.
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