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 thinking about enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, there are several rental agencies that can help. To read more about bike and scooter rentals, navigate to this page.

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 operators and at least 9 interesting dive sites to choose from. To see our detailed guide to diving in this area, navigate to 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.

Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as indicated by the presence of 6 charter operators in this area. To learn more about deep sea fishing in this area, navigate to this page.

Golf

Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort

Want to play some golf on vacation? You might be pleased to discover a few golf courses The courses are Curacao Golf and Squash Club, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Old Quarry Golf Course. You can click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course, including the location, number of holes, and a lot more. For more in-depth coverage of golf courses throughout Curacao go to this page.

Sailing and Boating

Smallfield Adventures

Check the chart below to learn more about firms that can enable you to spend some time 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 5.8 mi. East-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 charter operators and area marinas go to this page.

Shopping

Nena Sanchez Gallery

If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping traveling with you, they're not completely out of luck -- there are at least 78 retailers in this area. Make your way to this page if you want to find out about shopping in Willemstad.

Sightseeing

Curacao Maritime Museum

Many visitors spend at least a day enjoying the culture, sounds and sights of Willemstad. The area has historic sites and a distillery. To reach our detailed page about attractions, navigate to this page.

The chart just below enables you to get a few details concerning a firm that will help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

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
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

Snorkeling

Willemstad Snorkeling

If spending some time snorkeling sounds like fun you'll be pleased to know you can easily find places to do so during your vacation in Willemstad. Navigate to this article about snorkeling if you'd like better information.

Spas

M Beauty Spa

Relaxing in a spa could be one of the most enjoyable parts of your entire vacation. It shouldn't be hard to find a spa you like, since there are 13 spas that operate in this area. For more information about places to relax in this area go to this page.

Tennis

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 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 available for evening play, and some other helpful details. Click on each name to learn 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 instance, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Glance through the following table to read 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
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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