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 are intrigued by the idea of riding in the open air, there are a few rental agencies that can help you. To navigate to our complete page about renting a bike or scooter, click here.


Animal Encounter Dive Center

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 15 dive services and at least 9 good dive sites in the area. For a more thorough discussion of diving in this area, see this guide.


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 popular in this area, as indicated by the presence of 7 charter operators in this area. To see our complete guide to deep sea fishing, go to this page.


Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort

If you like golfing you'll be pleased to learn there are three golf courses in the area. The area courses are Curacao Golf and Squash Club, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Old Quarry Golf Course. Click on the course name for a detailed guide to the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more. Navigate here to visit our guide to golf throughout Curacao.

Sailing and Boating

The table directly below summarizes some key facts concerning local providers that will help you enjoy some time on the water.

Boating Opportunities In And Around Willemstad
Name Phone Location
Bounty Adventures (999) 767-9998 5.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Willemstad
Captain Boots (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'd like to find out about charter operators and local marinas see this page.


Nena Sanchez Gallery

If there are some people who love to shop traveling with you, they're not completely out of luck -- more than 77 retail stores are located in this area. To visit our full guide to shopping in Willemstad, navigate to this page.


Curacao Maritime Museum

You should plan on spending at least a day enjoying the culture, sights and sounds of Willemstad. Sights of interest to visitors include historic sites and a distillery. To read more about area sightseeing attractions, go to this page.

Be sure to look at the following table for details on a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time.

Sightseeing Services In Willemstad
Name Phone Location
A.T.V. Tour (599-9) 511-4282 Willemstad
Assist Travel & Tours (599-9) 462-3300 Punda
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


If exploring an underwater world sounds appealing there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so while vacationing in Willemstad. Those needing to get more details about opportunities to go snorkeling on this page.


Going to a spa could be one of the highlights of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 12 spas in this area. Anyone who needs to find more details concerning this topic can do so on this page.


Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

If you're a tennis player you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you can see the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other helpful 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

Review the following chart for information about other activities. for information concerning one other option. for information about 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
Caribbean Sea Sports Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (599-9) 462-2620 Piscadera, 2.7 mi. West of Central Willemstad
Curious2Dive Snorkeling Tour Operator (999) 513-2265 Willemstad
Dolphin Academy Curacao Dolphin Encounter Service (599-9) 465-8900 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Duikcentrum Van de Ven Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (999) 514-1267 Willemstad
Geoffrey's Gym Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 868-8929 / (599-9) 868-0340 Willemstad
Goby Divers Snorkeling Tour Operator (999) 662-2853 Willemstad
Let's Go Watersports Jet Ski Rental Service (599-9) 864-0438 The vicinity of Willemstad
Ocean Encounters at Lions Dive Hotel Snorkeling Tour Operator (999) 461-1831 2.6 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Ocean Encounters at the Sunscape Snorkeling Tour Operator (999) 461-8131 2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Scuba Store and More Snorkeling Equipment Rental Service (999) 738-6640 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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