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 coast of the island of Curacao, near Sint Michiel, You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. You'll find the area around the beach to be somewhat urbanized, but it would be incorrect to assume that the beach itself is going to be too congested. Instead, you will usually find plenty of beach space once you hit the sand.

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.

If you happen to choose beaches which offer visitors a peaceful place to escape, then maybe head on over to Varsenbaai; it is located within a less urban sector of the region.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Varsenbaai is on the South West coast of Curacao; this area boasts other attractions such as Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of Curaçao, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For instance, nearby is Governor's Palace, which is a short cab ride away.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the beach is located near the attractions 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 travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Guests visiting Varsenbaai who are hoping to find additional places to explore might think about checking out Piscadera, since it's not far away and is an active, busy area. From the shore, Piscadera is just up the road, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but it can attract visitors from smaller accommodations in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a fairly popular vacation destination, it usually isn't very difficult to find just the right type of hotel close-by. For visitors wanting to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the options closest to Varsenbaai.

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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Varsenbaai; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. Octopus Restaurant is one of the closest eateries.

Nearby restaurants are shown below.

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

Curacao has several beautiful beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You may also want to try Daibooibaai, which is in a pretty active location. 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 you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, you might enjoy Blauwbaai. It is located only a short distance away.

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

Varsenbaai could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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