Blue Bay Beach

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Near Willemstad, this large beach is extremely popular with locals and tourists alike. Families will especially find Blue Bay Beach to their liking. Many facilities are available, and palm trees, thatched huts, and umbrellas provide pleasant respite from the sun. There is a bar and restaurant right on the beach, and a water sports center provides equipment for diving and kayaking, among other activities.

Located in the vicinity of Willemstad, in the southern outskirts of Piscadera, Blue Bay Beach is on the South coast of Curacao. You should consider dropping by even if you are not staying particularly close by. Eventually, visitors notice that beaches throughout Curaçao tend to be somewhat quiet, but Blue Bay Beach is decidedly different.

How to Access The 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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Luckily, umbrellas will be available for visitors looking for a break from the hot sun.

You should remember that the area surrounding Blue Bay Beach is a popular spot, so you may find numerous people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This pleasant stretch of sand known as Blue Bay Beach is on the South coast of Curacao. Emerald Casino is seen a couple hundred yards away, and it is one of a few attractions in the area.

If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Curacao Museum. It's located relatively close to Blue Bay Beach, so it would be an easy side trip to take after some time in the sun.

If a visit to the Blue Bay Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Blue Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Emerald Casino Casino 0.1 mi. NNW Curacao
Curacao Casino Casino 0.3 mi. NNW Curacao
Veneto Casino Casino 1.4 mi. ESE Curacao
Plaza Andres Bello Monument 1.4 mi. ESE Curacao
Curacao Museum Museum 1.5 mi. E Curacao
Kura Hulanda Museum Museum 2.1 mi. E Curacao
Plaza Brion Monument 2.1 mi. ESE Curacao
Kura Hulanda Casino Casino 2.1 mi. E Curacao
Casino Awasa Sports & Race Book Casino 2.1 mi. E Curacao
Governor's Palace Historical Site 2.2 mi. ESE Curacao
Carnaval Casino Casino 2.2 mi. ESE Curacao
Royal Casino Casino 2.3 mi. ESE Curacao

Cities and Towns

Blue Bay Beach is near Piscadera, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Tourists at Blue Bay Beach who are looking for additional places to explore should consider heading over to Piscadera, which is close-by and is an especially active area of Curaçao. From Blue Bay Beach, Piscadera isn't far off, roughly a quarter mile (a half kilometer).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be very difficult to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. If you're wanting to get a place that's on or near the water, the following table shows the closest options to Blue Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Blue Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort and Emerald Casino 0.1 mi. NNW Resort
Clarion Hotel And Suites Curacao 0.2 mi. NW Hotel
Floris Suite Hotel 0.3 mi. N Hotel
Royal Palm Resort 0.3 mi. NE Resort
Hilton Curaçao 0.3 mi. NNW Resort
Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino 1.4 mi. ESE Resort
Veneto Casino and Holiday Beach Resort 1.4 mi. ESE Resort
Poppy Hostel 1.7 mi. E Hostel
Sonesta Kura Hulanda Village & Spa 2.0 mi. E Resort
Howard Johnson Curaçao Plaza Hotel & Casino 2.1 mi. ESE Hotel

Food

A trip to the beach isn't complete until you eat at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to try foods you've never heard of before, within a reachable distance. Palm Cafe is one of the closest eateries. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Blue Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Palm Cafe (599-9) 736-8800 -- -- 0.1 mi. NNW
Portofino Restaurant (599-9) 736-8800 International -- 0.1 mi. NNW
Seabreeze (599-9) 736-8800 -- -- 0.1 mi. NNW
Rodizio Brazilian Steak House (599-9) 463-6148 -- -- 0.2 mi. NW
Sjalotte 599-9-462-6111 Caribbean, European, Fusion Fine Dining 0.3 mi. N
Aqua Restaurant (599-9) 462-5000 Caribbean, International Informal 0.3 mi. NNW
Cielo Ristorante Italiano (599-9) 462-5000 Italian -- 0.3 mi. NNW
The Curacao Lagoon & Restaurant (599-9) 462-9499 -- -- -- --
Pirate Bay Beach Club & Restaurant (599-9) 461-0183 Caribbean, International Informal -- --
Denny's Holiday Beach Hotel (599-9) 462-5232 American Very Casual 1.4 mi. ESE
Giorgio's Restaurant (599-9) 462-5400 (ext. 3031) -- -- 1.4 mi. ESE
Lucky's Beach Bar & Grill (011) 599-9462 ext. 5400 Eclectic Very Casual 1.4 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on Curacao, of course, and Blue Bay Beach is just one option.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Blue Bay Beach has you wanting more of the same, consider checking out Daibooibaai, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it ten and a half miles to the northwest. Daibooibaai's dramatic cliffs rise out of the bright blue waters for guests to look at while lounging on the shore, and chairs and umbrellas are available for extra comfort. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Blauwbaai is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. You'll find it just a little ways away.

You may also want to consider Boka St. Michiel, which is located three miles to the northwest.

There's plenty to see and do in Curaçao, and paying a visit to Blue Bay Beach is just one way you can spend your afternoon.

 

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