Activities in Willemstad

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.

Bike and Scooter Rental

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.

Diving

Willemstad Diving

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.

Fishing

Fish Charter Curacao

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.

Golf

Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort

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.

Sailing and Boating

Smallfield Adventures

The chart below enables you to get some key facts regarding local providers that will help you spend some time on the open water.

Boating Opportunities In And Around Willemstad
Name Phone Location
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.

Shopping

Nena Sanchez Gallery

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.

Sightseeing

Curacao Maritime Museum

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.

Sightseeing Services In Willemstad
Name Phone Location
A.T.V. Tour (599-9) 511-4282 Willemstad
Assist Travel & Tours (599-9) 462-3300 Punda
Baoase Tours (599-9) 461-1799 1.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad
Car Rental Los Andes Tours (599-9) 868-2149 Willemstad
Casper Tours (599-9) 465-3010 Willemstad
Curacao Tropical Tours (599-9) 839-1580 Willemstad
Does Travel & Cadushi Tours (599-9) 461-1626 Willemstad
Fiesta Tours Curacao (599-9) 515-9854 Willemstad
Irie Tours 560-6696 Punda
J & S Tours (599-9) 868-3585 Willemstad
Old City Tours (599-9) 461-3554 Punda
Salinja Travel & Tours (599-9) 736-7911 Willemstad
Taber Tours (599-9) 737-6637 / (599-9) 839-1337 Punda

Snorkeling

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.

Spas

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.

Tennis

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

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.

Accommodations with Tennis In And Around Willemstad
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort 6.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad 4 check check
Hilton Curaçao 2.8 mi. West-Northwest of Central Willemstad 2 check
Sunscape Curacao 2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad 2 check
Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino 0.8 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad 2 check
Veneto Casino and Holiday Beach Resort 0.9 mi. West of Downtown Willemstad 2 check

For example, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

You can look through the following chart for details on other activities.

Other Activities In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Athletic Health & Beauty Center Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 737-5666 Punda
Atrium Fitness & Spa Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 465-6288 Willemstad
Bazz Fun Rental Jet Ski Rental Service (599-9) 510-2299 Punda
Becker's Massage & Care Massage Therapist (999) 528-4113 Willemstad
Bob Esprit Fitness Centrum Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 737-1780 Willemstad
Bodies In Motion 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
Geoffrey's Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 868-8929 / (599-9) 868-0340 Willemstad
Let's Go Watersports Jet Ski Rental Service (599-9) 864-0438 The vicinity of Willemstad
The Fitness Studio Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 510-3625 Willemstad
Veronica's Massage Massage Therapist (599-9) 461-6793 Willemstad
 

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