Westpunt

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Because the sands of Westpunt are strewn with pebbles, this beach isn't particualrly good for sunbathing or walking without shoes. The waters here are calm enough for swimming, but don't have the best conditions for snorkeling. Beachgoers can watch adventurous travelers take the plunge from the beach's high cliffs into the ocean below.

Set on the island of Curacao, this beach is nicely positioned on the coast. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Couples and families who want to have more of the beach to themselves shouldn't miss the opportunity to visit Westpunt.

How to Access The Beach
Way up on the northwest corner of the island, you can access a dirt road from Sabana Westpunt that takes you north and in the direction of the east coast. Before you get all the way out to the east coast, you'll find a trail that will take you to the left, and to the shore.

Amenities and Ambiance

The pebbly shores of Westpunt are situated on the northwest tip of the island. There isn't much sand at this beach, but there is some shade under rocky ledges, where you can take refuge during the hot afternoon hours. Westpunt is a public beach, but it is fishermen and their boats that mostly frequent this beach.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Westpunt at all, it's worth a try. There are so many dining experiences in Curaçao that visitors can partake in, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to order some food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Westpunt is a unique beach in that it is perfect for sightseeing and for relaxing and taking in all the amazing views.

Westpunt provides an angelic and peaceful environment, since the area surrounding the beach isn't too crowded at all.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Westpunt on the North West coast of Curacao. It is near some interesting sites like Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is situated three miles to the south, and it is one of a few attractions in the area.

If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Tula Museum. This museum is located a short cab ride away, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

If a visit to the Westpunt isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Westpunt
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Landhuis Kenepa Plantation Historical Site 3.2 S Curacao
Tula Museum Museum 3.2 S Curacao
Savonet Museum Museum 4.2 SE Curacao
Landhuis Ascension Museum 10.3 SE Curacao
Holland Casino Casino 19.9 SE Curacao

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Westpunt, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places.

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically 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 you may see guests staying at smaller accommodations in the area.

Food

Although this location isn't located in the culinary epicenter of the area, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, particularly if you're prepared to drive a bit. One of the nearest restaurants is Jaanchi's Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

A few nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Westpunt
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Jaanchi's Restaurant (599-9) 864-0126 Caribbean -- -- --
Kalki Beach Bar And Grill (599-9) 839-3600 American Very Casual 1.0 mi. S
Landhuis Daniel (599-9) 864-8400 Creole, Dutch, French, Mediterranean Informal -- --
Watamula Restaurant (599-9) 839-3600 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Vacationers who are looking for the ideal beach will have other options if Westpunt doesn't suit their tastes.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Kalki, found just a little ways away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Playa Kenepa could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to other popular destinations. You'll find it two and a half miles to the south.

Another option worth considering is Playa Santa Cruz, located reasonably close-by, so a short ride in a taxi will get you here pretty easily.

Curaçao has so much to offer, and dropping by Westpunt is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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