The best beaches on the island are actually located west of Willemstad on the island's south coast. Fortunately, it just takes a few minutes of driving time to reach these beaches, but if you prefer to stay in city limits, you'll find the beaches to be calm and great for swimming.
You'll discover an abundance of beaches to visit in the area. Simply click on specific beach names for detailed information about that particular stretch of sand.
A location where snorkeling is popular is 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.
Another alternative that beach-goers can consider is Pampoen Beach. Next to several large hotels, Pampoen has a tendency to get somewhat crowded, particularly on weekends. Locals flock here because it's near a number of residences on the outskirts of Willemstad, and because it's free.
Baoase Beach: The beach can only be accessed through the Baoase Luxury Resort.
The table right below enables you to get some key facts regarding the beaches located in the area.
|1.2 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad||Southeast|
|Baoase Beach||1.8 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad||South|
|Blue Bay Beach||2.6 mi. West of Central Willemstad||South|
|Jan Thiel Beach||Jan Thiel, 4.0 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad||Southeast|
|2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad||Southeast|
|Pampoen Beach||2.1 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad||South East|
|Seaquarium Beach||2.5 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad||South East|
|2.5 mi. West of Central Willemstad||South|
Of course, Willemstad is home to other attractions. To see our complete guide to other attractions, use this link.
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