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 southwestern side of the island of Curacao, near Sint Michiel, You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. While there are certainly more secluded beaches in Curaçao than Varsenbaai, it has the right combination of city atmosphere and natural beauty to attract beachgoers.

How to Access The Beach
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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Varsenbaai brings guests a calm and relaxing getaway, since the region surrounding the beach is not heavily urbanized.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the South West coast of Curacao; this area boasts other attractions such as Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

If you want to learn more about the history of Curaçao, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the nearest historical attractions is Governor's Palace, which is a quick taxi trip away.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Varsenbaai
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort Golf Course 2.2 SE Curacao
Curacao Casino Casino 3.7 SE Curacao
Holland Casino Casino 3.9 ENE Curacao
Emerald Casino Casino 3.9 SE Curacao
Curacao Museum Museum 5.2 SE Curacao

Cities and Towns

Varsenbaai is in the Piscadera area, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Tourists at Varsenbaai who are hoping to find further attractions should consider going to Piscadera, because it's close-by and is a particularly busy area of Curaçao. From the coast, Piscadera is a quick trip away, roughly four miles (six and a half kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The area is not home to many major hotels, but it can attract guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Travelers trying to find a room close to Varsenbaai shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are lots of hotels to choose from close-by. You'll find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by viewing what's listed below.

Accommodations near Varsenbaai
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Bayside Boutique Hotel 2.3 mi. SE Hotel
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
Airport Hotel and Holland Casino 3.9 mi. ENE 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
Poppy Hostel 5.4 mi. SE Hostel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Octopus Restaurant.

The following table provides a list of nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Varsenbaai
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Octopus Restaurant (599-9) 888-9430 -- -- -- --
Martha Koosje Restaurant (599-9) 868-8499 -- -- -- --
Pictures (999) 820-4550 French, Mediterranean -- 2.3 mi. SE
The Curacao Lagoon & Restaurant (599-9) 462-9499 -- -- -- --
Pirate Bay Beach Club & Restaurant (599-9) 461-0183 Caribbean, International Informal -- --
Mangos Restaurant (599-9) 869-2450 American, Caribbean Very Casual 3.1 mi. E
Aqua Restaurant (599-9) 462-5000 Caribbean, International Informal 3.7 mi. SE
Cielo Ristorante Italiano (599-9) 462-5000 Italian -- 3.7 mi. SE
Rodizio Brazilian Steak House (599-9) 463-6148 -- -- 3.8 mi. SE
Sjalotte 599-9-462-6111 Caribbean, European, Fusion Fine Dining 3.8 mi. SE
Palm Cafe (599-9) 736-8800 -- -- 3.9 mi. SE
Portofino Restaurant (599-9) 736-8800 International -- 3.9 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on Curacao besides Varsenbaai.

You may also like Daibooibaai, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located 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 you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, you might enjoy Blauwbaai. It is located just a short distance away.

You may also want to consider Boka St. Michiel, located within a couple of miles.

You may find that Varsenbaai 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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