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'll discover several beaches to consider visiting in the area. You can click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that part of the coast.

Jan Thiel Beach: A well-developed European-style beach built up with all the essentials and non-essentials for a fun day on the beach, Jan Thiel Beach is always busy with tourists lounging, participating in watersports, and enjoy the dining opportunities.

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Another alternative worth considering is Blue Bay Beach. The beach is easily accessible from Willemstad by car or taxi. There is parking available off Piscaderaweg which you can reach via Rector Zwijsenstraat running along the southern coast.

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.

Willemstad includes a full range of beaches. Follow this link to view our page concerning beaches for Willemstad.

Landmark Attractions

Curacao Maritime Museum

A landmark worth visiting is Curacao Maritime Museum. It is found within downtown Willemstad. Aside from the permanent display that details the maritime history of the island, the guided tours are available Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm. A demonstrative exhibit about the history of oil refining on this island shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 1pm and features a working miniature oil refinery.

Curacao Museum: The Curacao Museum is fittingly located in a colonial-style building in Western Otrobanda. Inside, visitors will find exhibits that touch on the geological history of the island, pre-Colombian artifacts, details about the time after the abolition of slavery, antiques, paintings, and a display of the traditional plantation kitchen.

Kura Hulanda Museum: This privately funded cultural museum has a vast quantity of African artifacts. Anthropology is the focus of this museum and the collections catalog the origins of man in great detail, with a lot of focus on the slave trade era.

These are just some of what's on the island. If you need to find out more concerning other enjoyable places to visit in Willemstad by clicking here.

Natural Attractions

Curacao Sea Aquarium

Curacao Sea Aquarium is one of the outdoor tourist attractions you might enjoy visiting. 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.

Another site you might enjoy is Hato Caves. At 200 thousand years old, the Hato Caves were made accessible to the public in 1991 when foot paths were carved into the ground. Now this spot, which is the biggest cave on the island, is also one of the most popular natural attractions.

Luckily, you'll be able to find other choices. Use this link to check out our page dedicated to natural attractions in and around the area.


Feeling lucky? Guests wanting to test their luck have quite a few places to go in this area.

Curacao Casino, on the premises of Hilton Curaçao, is found within western Willemstad. Connected to the lobby of the Hilton Curacao by a bridge, the Curacao Casino is a rainbow of color, with electronic games lighting up the floor, and lightly colored tiled flooring set in place strategically to reflect the colorful atmosphere.

Sunscape Casino, part of Sunscape Curacao, is found within southeastern Willemstad. 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.

Carnaval Casino offers a selection of games for gamers to play, including Blackjack and Roulette. With 25 table games and 400 slot machines, Carnaval is one of the largest casinos on the island.

These are just a sample of what you can find. You can go to this article about gaming in Willemstad if you want to find out more information.


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