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 northwestern side of the island of Curacao, this beach is nicely positioned on the coast. You might want to drop by whether or not you're staying nearby. Westpunt stands out because it's perfect for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Most other beaches in Curaçao may be just as refreshing as Westpunt, but are usually busier since they're right in the thick of tourists' favorite hangouts.

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.

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Westpunt, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. There are so many dining experiences to be had in Curaçao, but having a meal on the beach can be especially enjoyable. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

There is also a concession stand available. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Westpunt is a unique beach in that it is perfect for sightseeing and for relaxing and taking in all the amazing views.

If you happen to favor shores which offer an angelic place to escape, then you may want to try Westpunt; it is hidden away in a more natural sector of the region.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This spot is on the North West coast of Curacao; it will be near other attractions like Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, which is three miles to the south of this spot.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Tula Museum (situated a short cab ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new perspective of Curaçao.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Westpunt, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do.

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many major hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may see guests from the few small lodgings in the area.

Food

Although this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you'll still have some choices, especially if you're prepared to venture a little out of the way. One of the nearest restaurants is Jaanchi's Restaurant, which is a delicious choice during or after a day at the beach.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

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

Westpunt is just one of many beaches you can visit on Curacao.

Another location you might enjoy is Playa Kalki, located just a little ways away. Others might prefer Playa Kenepa, which could provide more action, and isn't far from other popular destinations. You'll find it two and a half miles to the south.

Another location you may want to try is Playa Santa Cruz, located reasonably close-by, so a quick cab ride will get you here pretty easily.

There's plenty to see and do in Curaçao, and paying a visit to Westpunt is just one way you can spend your afternoon.

 

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