Attractions in Willemstad

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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 find an abundance of beaches to consider visiting in the area. Just click on the name of each beach for a detailed article concerning that individual beach.

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 option 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: To access Seaquarium Beach, vacationers will have to pay a fee of $2.25(USD) per person to enter, which will give you access to great beach amenities and facilities including shopping at area boutiques, aqutic equipment at the water sports center, and beach rentals such as chairs and umbrellas. You can also enjoy wonderful swimming conditions in these placid waters.

Willemstad has plenty of additional beaches. Make your way to this article if you want to find out additional details.

Landmark Attractions

Curacao Maritime Museum

One popular destination is Curacao Maritime Museum. It is situated in downtown Willemstad. The history of the island is featured in this museum, along with antique nautical charts, models of ships and other artifacts that offer a glimpse back in time. Take a guided tour and walk through the harbor with a guide detailing it's history.

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 a few of the places worth checking out If you need to find out more concerning other interesting landmarks in Willemstad by going to this page.

Natural Attractions

Curacao Sea Aquarium

Tourists who like spending time outdoors will frequently have a good time at 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. In fact,it is one of the only aquariums in the world that uses an open-water-system, which means that seawater is continuously pumped in.

Hato Caves is a second local attraction you might want to consider. 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.

These are just a sample of your choices. Those needing to get more details about natural attractions in and near Willemstad, can easily do so by clicking here.


Looking for some action? Visitors who'd like to try their luck on the slots have lots of alternatives 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, which is part of Sunscape Curacao, is situated in southeastern Willemstad. Sunscape houses four American Roulette tables, four Black Jack tables, and two Caribbean Stud Poker tables as well as 300 slot machines.

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

Needless to say, you'll find additional choices too. Take advantage of this page which is all about gaming in Willemstad if you'd like more specifics.


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