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 riding in the open air, there are a few places that can help you. To read more about this topic, go to this article concerning options for renting a bike or scooter.

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.

There are 14 dive services and at least 9 interesting dive sites in the area. Those needing to obtain more information about scuba diving in this area, can do so on 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.

If there are some experienced anglers traveling with you, they're in luck -- 6 charter fishing services are located in this area. You can get more information concerning fishing in this area can do so here.

Golf

Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort

Hoping you can spend some time on the greens during your vacation? You'll be glad to learn three golf courses The area courses are Curacao Golf and Squash Club, Blue Bay Golf and Beach Resort, and Old Quarry Golf Course. Just click on the course name for more information concerning the course, including contact information, number of holes, location, and more. If interested, you can find more details about golf courses throughout Curacao can do so by clicking on this link.

Sailing and Boating

Smallfield Adventures

More information concerning firms that can enable you to spend some time out on the open water can be seen 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 want to find out about marinas and charter operators check out this page.

Shopping

Nena Sanchez Gallery

If there are some foks who enjoy exploring new shops traveling with you, they can explore some of the area's 69 retail shops. If you want detailed information on shopping in Willemstad, you can do so by following this link.

Sightseeing

Curacao Maritime Museum

You might want to set aside a day for exploring the sights and culture of Willemstad. Among other things, the area has historic sites and a distillery. You can read this extended discussion dedicated to area sightseeing attractions if you want to discover additional specifics.

Take some time to look through the following table for more information about a firm that will help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

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 +5999 462 90 00 Downtown Willemstad
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 like the idea of going snorkeling you're in luck -- you'll have the chance during your vacation in Willemstad. Visit this page dedicated to snorkeling if you want to discover better information.

Spas

M Beauty Spa

Indulging in a trip to the spa could be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, since there are 8 spas that operate in this area. Visit this article regarding spas in the area if you want to discover additional information.

Tennis

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort

If you're a tennis player you might want to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 5 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. Included is the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on each name 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 instance, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Review the following table for information concerning other activities. to learn more. for more options.

Other Activities In Willemstad
Name Type Phone Location
Atrium Fitness & Spa Fitness Centers and Instructors (599-9) 465-6288 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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