Willemstad Attractions

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Willemstad is one of only six whole towns in the Caribbean to be ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  This means a few very important things, but tourists it means there is so many historic landmarks and sites to see that it can hard to fit them all into one vacation.  In addition to the cultural significance this town has on Curacao, as home to several casinos it has entertainment value as well.  


Jan Thiel Beach

You will discover a large selection of beaches to choose from in the area. Just click on the beach names for a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

Jan Thiel Beach: Although the beach is free for guests of the Jan Thiel Resort, admission for all others is $3.50(USD) per person. With this fee comes access to a a full service beach which features chairs and umbrellas, stands for renting out watersports equipment, and bars and restaurants.

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A second location to consider is Blue Bay Beach. The sea floor slopes gently, and the crystal clear waters lap calmly onto the beach's soft white sand. The beautiful water and the on-location dive school make this a great spot to practice or learn to scuba dive, and its shallow depth make it suitable for swimmers of all abilities.

Seaquarium Beach: Located a short distance from Willemstad, take Penstraat east along the coast from downtown. The road will turn into Martin Luther King Blvd before turning into Bapor Kibra.

These are merely a few of the options that are available. Those interested can get more details by visiting this page.

Landmark Attractions

Curacao Maritime Museum

Many travelers choose to visit Curacao Maritime Museum. It is located in downtown Willemstad. The museum is open from 9am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Another landmark worth visiting is Jewish Cultural Historical Museum. It can be found at Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and situated in downtown Willemstad. There are two 17th century buildings that make up the Jewish Historical Museum: the Rabbi's Residence and the "Bath House." Here, visitors will find many artifacts from over 350 years of Jewish life on the island.

Curacao Museum: Hours Monday through Friday are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Saturdays they are closed.

These examples are merely a few of the available options. Use this link to check out our guide to other sites worth visiting in this area.

Natural Attractions

Curacao Sea Aquarium

One of the better known outdoor attractions is Curacao Sea Aquarium. As an island, it is easy to understand why marine life is such an important subject. The Curacao Sea Aquarium is more than your typical aquarium.

A second local attraction to consider is Dolphin Academy Curacao. Part of the Curacao Sea Aquarium, the Dolphin Academy opened in 2002 and has been encouraging visitors to learn about and interact with dolphins ever since.

These are just some of what you can find. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, go to this article.


Ready for some action? Visitors interested in testing their luck on the slots will find plenty of places to do so in this area.

Curacao Casino, part of Hilton Curaçao, is found in western Willemstad. With over 180 slot machines, six gaming tables the Curacao Casino is one of the largest on Curacao. Guests also have the option of spending some time in the Bingo Hall, enjoying live music on weekends, and sampling the free food and beverages that are offered to players.

If slot machines are part of your plans, you might try Carnaval Casino. Carnival opens daily at 10:00 a.m., and doesn't close until 4:00 the next morning.

Sunscape Casino: Take a break from the sun and the sand by spending an evening in -- at the Sunscape Casino. This clean, cool, and brightly lit facility is inviting and thrilling, allowing guests to escape from their daily worries and dream of winning big.

Fortunately, you can find a full range choices too. Click here to visit our page about gaming in Willemstad.


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