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 intrigued by the idea of sightseeing at your own pace, there are several rental agencies that can help. To learn about more bike and scooter rentals, read this article.

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 15 dive services and at least 9 different dive sites in the area. To read more about scuba diving in this area visit this page.

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.

Deep Sea Fishing is a popular sport in this area, as indicated by the presence of 7 charter fishing services that operate from this area. Those needing to get more information concerning fishing in this area can do so by going to this page.

Golf

Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort

Like golf? You'll be glad to know there are several area golf courses. The courses in the area are Curacao Golf and Squash Club, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Old Quarry Golf Course. All you have to do is click on the name of the course to read a detailed article concerning the course, including contact information, number of holes, location, and more. To reach our complete guide to golfing throughout Curacao, click here.

Sailing and Boating

Smallfield Adventures

The chart directly below has a few details concerning firms that will help you get out on the 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 want to find out about local marinas and charter options check out this page.

Shopping

Nena Sanchez Gallery

If you have some shopping aficionados vacationing with you, they're not completely out of luck -- more than 77 retailers operate in this area. You can go to this page if you want to find out about shopping in Willemstad.

Sightseeing

Curacao Maritime Museum

You should plan on spending a day soaking in the culture, sights and sounds of Willemstad. Among other things, the area has historic sites and a distillery. You can go to this extended discussion which is all about area sightseeing attractions if you need more details.

Information about a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights can be found 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
Bounty Adventures Bus Tours (999) 767-9998 2.4 mi. Southeast of Central 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) 513-4146 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

Willemstad Snorkeling

If you like the idea of going snorkeling you're in luck -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in Willemstad. To find out more about snorkeling opportunities, go to this article.

Spas

M Beauty Spa

Relaxing in a spa could be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 13 spas that operate in this area. For a more detailed look at places to relax in this area navigate to this page.

Tennis

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

If you're a tennis player your best bet is to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table can help clarify your options. Included is the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and a few other details. Click on the names to read 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

The table right below lists a few details regarding 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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