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

There are an abundance of beaches to consider in the area. Just click on the name of each beach for a detailed review of that particular stretch of sand.

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.

Attractions Map

Another place that beach-goers can consider is Blue Bay Beach. Near Willemstad, this large beach is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Families will especially find Blue Bay Beach to their liking.

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 examples are just a few of the available choices. You can read this extended discussion if you're looking for additional details.

Landmark Attractions

Curacao Maritime Museum

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Curacao Maritime Museum. It is located in 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: Hours Monday through Friday are 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Sunday from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Saturdays they are closed.

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.

That's not all -- you'll be able to find quite a few other options as well. For a better look at other interesting places to visit in Willemstad, click here.

Natural Attractions

Curacao Sea Aquarium

Curacao Sea Aquarium is one of the outdoor tourist attractions that's worth a visit. <p>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.</p>

Another site you might want to consider is Hato Caves. <p>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.</p>

These are just a sample of what's available. For a better look at natural attractions in and around Willemstad, go to this article.


Feeling Lucky? Guests interested in trying their luck can find lots of places to do so in this area.

Curacao Casino, on the premises of Hilton Curaçao, is located 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.

Sunscape Casino, on the premises of Sunscape Curacao, is located in 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 has a wide array of games for guests to enjoy, 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 few of what's available. Click here to check out our page regarding gaming in Willemstad.


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