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.

Positioned in the vicinity of Willemstad, along the southern outskirts of Piscadera, Blue Bay Beach is on the South edge of Curacao. You should consider stopping by regardless of whether you are staying nearby. Eventually, visitors notice that beaches throughout Curaçao tend to be fairly quiet and secluded, but Blue Bay Beach is a little 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, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Luckily, umbrellas can be used by guests looking for relief from the sultry island sun.

Don't forget that Blue Bay Beach's location is a popular spot, which means you may find quite a few people vying for the use of the same facilities.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the South coast of Curacao. Emerald Casino is located a couple hundred yards away, and it is one of the favorite local destinations.

Historical attractions such as Governor's Palace offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Blue Bay Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Curaçao, without having to stray too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this coast is only a brief walk or taxi ride away from this interesting historical site.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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 visitors hoping to find some additional excitement might want to think about heading to Piscadera, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly busy area of Curaçao. From the coast, Piscadera isn't far off, maybe a quarter mile (a half kilometer).

Hotels

Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Beach-goers looking for a place to stay near the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from close-by. You will find the closest booking options by perusing those shown in the following table.

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 dine at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, within just a few miles of this shoreline. One of the closest places to eat is Palm Cafe. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

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

Of course, Blue Bay Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on Curacao.

If the active mood at Blue Bay Beach is one of the features you love, you'll want to consider heading to 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 solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Blauwbaai is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it only a short distance away.

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

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in Curaçao, but visiting Blue Bay Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Curaçao even more memorable.

 

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