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 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.
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.
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.
The table directly below summarizes some key facts concerning local providers that will help you enjoy some time on the water.
|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.
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.
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.
|Fiesta Tours Curacao||(599-9) 515-9854||Willemstad|
|(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.
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.
|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 instance, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.
Review the following chart for information about other activities. for information concerning one other option. for information about 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|
|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|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 868-8929 / (599-9) 868-0340||Willemstad|
|Goby Divers||Snorkeling Tour Operator||(999) 662-2853||Willemstad|
|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|
|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|
|Fitness Centers and Instructors||(599-9) 510-3625||Willemstad|
|Massage Therapist||(599-9) 461-6793||Willemstad|
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