Activities in Willemstad

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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 feeling the wind on your face as you move along, there are 4 rental agencies that can help you. To read more about bike and scooter rentals, go to this article.


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.

You'll find 14 dive operators and at least 9 different dive sites in the area. For more in-depth coverage of diving in this area use this link.


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.

Avid fishermen love this area, as indicated by the presence of 6 charter fishing services that operate from this area. Read this article dedicated to fishing in the area if you want to find out additional details.


Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort

If you enjoy playing golf you might be happy to discover there are several golf courses in this area. The courses are Curacao Golf and Squash Club, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Old Quarry Golf Course. Simply click on the course name for a detailed article concerning the course. To navigate to our full guide to golf throughout Curacao, visit this page.

Sailing and Boating

Smallfield Adventures

The following chart has information on firms that will enable you to get out 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 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Captain Boots Tours (999) 513-2747 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're interested in reading about nearby marinas and charter operators visit this page.


Nena Sanchez Gallery

If there are some shopping aficionados vacationing with you, they can while away some time exploring some of the area's 69 retail stores. Read this article if you want detailed information on shopping in Willemstad.


Curacao Maritime Museum

Another great option is spending a day exploring the culture, sounds and sights of Willemstad. Sights in the area include historic sites and a distillery. For a better look at this specific topic, read this article concerning area sightseeing opportunities and attractions.

Be sure to look at this table for a list of a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights.

Sightseeing Services In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
A.T.V. Tour Excursions and Sightseeing Service (599-9) 511-4282 Willemstad
Assist Travel & Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (599-9) 462-3300 Punda
Bounty Adventures Bus Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (999) 767-9998 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Curacao Tropical Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (599-9) 839-1580 Willemstad
Fiesta Tours Curacao Excursions and Sightseeing Service (599-9) 515-9854 Willemstad
Irie Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service 560-6696 Punda
J & S Tours Travel and Tour Operators (599-9) 513-4146 Willemstad
Taber Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (599-9) 737-6637 / (599-9) 839-1337 Punda


Willemstad Snorkeling

If you enjoy underwater sightseeing there's good news -- you'll have the chance while vacationing in Willemstad. For a more comprehensive look at snorkeling, navigate to this guide, which discusses snorkeling options.


M Beauty Spa

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa might be one of the highlights of your vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, considering that there are 8 spas located in this area. To get more information on the options, go to this page.


Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

If you like playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. Included is the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on the names to learn about other aspects of 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 instance, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

You can look through the chart below to see other activities.

Other Activities In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Atrium Fitness & Spa Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 465-6288 Willemstad
Bob Esprit Fitness Centrum Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 737-1780 Willemstad
Body Beach Wellness Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 465-7969 Jan Thiel, 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Dolphin Academy Curacao Dolphin Encounter Service (599-9) 465-8900 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Let's Go Watersports Jet Ski Rental Service (599-9) 864-0438 The vicinity of Willemstad

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