Once the capital of the Netherland Antilles before it dissolved in 2010, Willemstad is a sprawling city that is both the home of over 150,000 residents and a top tourist destination. The town is split into four quadrants, and tourists can find nearly every activity they could hope to participate in available to them here.
Punda, Otrabanda, Pietermaai, and Scharloo are the four quadrants of Willemstad, and together Punda and Otrabana form the city center which has been designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. A well-preserved colonial zone features almost 700 buildings which have been designated as landmarks, making this the perfect spot to begin a sightseeing tour. Punda is also a top destination for shopping, where throughout seven streets there is a mix of high quality shop selling luxury goods and smaller establishments that focus on locally made gifts. From the bay tourists can embark on sailing, fishing, and diving excursions, and golf, tennis, and spa days are popular activities as well.
Biking is a very popular passtime for the locals of Curacao and Willemstad. This makes a tourist's job a lot easier when looking to rent a bike to explore the area.
If you like the idea of exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, you will find several places that can help you. To get more information about this specific topic, see this guide, which discusses bike and scooter rental options.
Unlike most destinations in the Caribbean, divers in Willemstead are allowed to go on dives without a local guide. While this offers a degree of freedom for advanced divers, it is still recommended that beginning, intermediate, and anyone unfamiliar with the area hire the help of a local professional. In addition to safety, these guides also know the waters better than anyone.
There are 15 dive services and at least 9 good dive sites to choose from. For a detailed look at diving opportunities in this area use this link.
Deep water around Willemstad make it a great contender for tourist hoping to get in some deep sea and sport fishing while on vacation.
Fishing is a popular activity here, as indicated by the presence of 6 charter operators in this area. Read this page concerning fishing in the area if you'd like more specifics.
If you're an avid golfer you will be happy to know there are several golf courses in the area. The courses in the area are Curacao Golf and Squash Club, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Old Quarry Golf Course. For a detailed article concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more simply click on the name of the course. Click here to see our page dedicated to golf throughout Curacao.
The chart below enables you to get some key facts regarding local providers that will help you spend some time on the open water.
|Adrenaline Tours Curacao||(999) 767-6241||4.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Bounty Adventures||(999) 767-9998||5.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Captain Boots Tours||(599) 951-3274 ext. 7||5.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Mermaid Boat Trips||(599-9) 560-1530||Punda|
|Miss Ann Boat Trips||(999) 767-1579||5.5 mi. East of Central Willemstad|
|Pelican Boat Trips||(999) 527-0747||Willemstad|
|Sailing Charter Curaçao||(999) 521-3464||4.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Smallfield Adventures||(999) 663-4848||Willemstad|
If you want to read about charter operators and marinas click here.
If you have some avid shoppers vacationing with you, they might enjoy exploring some of the area's 78 retail stores. You can go to this page if you'd like to read more about shopping in Willemstad.
You should plan on spending a day exploring the sights and sounds of Willemstad. Area sights include historic sites and a distillery. To read about other area sightseeing attractions, visit this page.
Information concerning a firm that will show you the most interesting local sights can be found right below.
|Baoase Tours||(599-9) 461-1799||1.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad|
|Fiesta Tours Curacao||(599-9) 515-9854||Willemstad|
|(599-9) 737-6637 / (599-9) 839-1337||Punda|
If you are thinking about snorkeling on your vacation you'll be pleased to know you'll have plenty of chances to do so while vacationing in Willemstad. Anyone needing to find out more concerning opportunities to go snorkeling here.
Relaxing for a few hours in a spa might be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, since there are 14 spas that operate in this area. Click to see our article concerning this topic.
If you're a tennis player you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.
The following table summarizes some key facts. Included is the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn more about the property.
|Property||Location||Tennis Courts||Lit Courts||Tennis Pro|
|Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort||6.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad||4|
|Hilton Curaçao||2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Willemstad||2|
|Sunscape Curacao||2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad||2|
|Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino||0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad||2|
|Veneto Casino and Holiday Beach Resort||0.9 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad||2|
For example, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
You can look through the following chart for details on other activities.
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 737-5666||Punda|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 465-6288||Willemstad|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(599-9) 510-2299||Punda|
|Becker's Massage & Care||Massage Therapist||(999) 528-4113||Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 737-1780||Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 888-8744||Willemstad|
|Dolphin Academy Curacao||Dolphin Encounter Service||(599-9) 465-8900||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 868-8929 / (599-9) 868-0340||Willemstad|
|Jet Ski Rental Service||(599-9) 864-0438||The vicinity of Willemstad|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 510-3625||Willemstad|
|Massage Therapist||(599-9) 461-6793||Willemstad|
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