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 are considering seeing the sights at a slower pace, there are 4 rental agencies that can help. To read a more complete discussion of this specific topic, read 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.

You'll find 14 dive operators and at least 9 different dive sites in the area. Navigate here to find our extended discussion of diving in this area.

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 fishing services in this area. Make your way to this article concerning fishing in the area if you want more facts.

Golf

Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort

Hoping to spend some time on the greens? You'll be glad to learn there are three golf courses in this area. The area courses are Curacao Golf and Squash Club, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Old Quarry Golf Course. Just click on the name of the course to get additional information concerning the course, including the location, number of holes, and a lot more. Click on this link to visit our guide to golf courses throughout Curacao.

Sailing and Boating

Smallfield Adventures

More information about area firms that will enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be found here:

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'd like to find out about marinas and charter operators click here.

Shopping

Nena Sanchez Gallery

If there are some people who enjoy exploring new shops vacationing with you, they're not completely out of luck -- more than 74 retail stores are located in this area. You can read this article if you'd like to find out about shopping in Willemstad.

Sightseeing

Curacao Maritime Museum

You should plan on spending at least a day exploring the culture, sights and sounds of Willemstad. Among other sights, the area has historic sites and a distillery. To see our detailed page about attractions, click this link.

Information concerning a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights can be seen here:

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

Snorkeling

Willemstad Snorkeling

If you love snorkeling you're in luck -- you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Willemstad. To see our detailed page about local snorkeling opportunities, read this page.

Spas

M Beauty Spa

Relaxing in a spa just might be the highlight of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, given the fact that there are 10 spas in this area. To find out about other the options, see this page.

Tennis

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following list can help with your decision making process. Included is the number of courts available, whether lights are available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn more details concerning 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

Take a look at this table to learn about other activities.

Other Activities In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Atrium Fitness & Spa Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 465-6288 Willemstad
Becker's Massage & Care Massage Therapist (999) 528-4113 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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