Natural Attractions in Willemstad

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Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? You might be happy to find out that the area has a pair of nature preserves nearby.

Curacao Marine Park is a nature preserve located 9.8 mi. Southeast of central Willemstad. The marine park was established in 1983 and is well-known for its great snorkeling, diving and educational opportunities. Here, visitors may encounter sea turtles, rays, sharks, barracudas, more than 350 species of fish, and 65 species of coral.

Nature Preserves and Hiking Near Willemstad
Name Type Location Island
Curacao Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 9.8 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad Curacao

Caves

Hato Caves

Although most visitors to the area are attracted by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Willemstad offers some interesting options, including two caves.

You might want to visit Hato Caves, which is situated in northern Willemstad. 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.

The following chart has some details concerning caves.

Caves In Willemstad
Name Type Location
Hato Caves Cave 5.2 mi. North of Central Willemstad
Kueba Di Hato Cave 5.2 mi. North of Central Willemstad

Parks

Travelers can enjoy a park in Willemstad.

Parks In Willemstad
Name Type Location Island
Saliña Fiesta Park Park 3.0 mi. East of Central Willemstad Curacao

Zoos and Aquariums

Curacao Ostrich Farm

If the concept of passing some time with interesting animals tickles your fancy, you should visit Curacao Ostrich Farm. One of the most unique natural attractions in the Caribbean is the Curacao Ostrich Farm, where you can learn about and interact with the long-necked bird.

A second related venue is Curacao Sea Aquarium. Sea Aquarium allows visitors the opportunity to view a variety of sea life, and tours and presentations are available. Some opportunities to touch the creatures are even presented.

Take a moment to read the following table for more information.

Zoos and Aquariums In and Around Willemstad
Name Type Location
Curacao Ostrich Farm Zoo 6.8 mi. East of Central Willemstad
Curacao Sea Aquarium Aquarium 2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad
Parrot Paradise Zoo Willemstad

Plantations

Aloe Vera Plantation

If the concept of seeing and experiencing a tropical plantation captures your imagination, you really should consider visiting Aloe Vera Plantation. Curacao is a leading producer in aloe vera, and visitors can take some time to explore one of the production plants and garden from which aloe vera is harvested. This Aloe Vera Plantation in particular focuses on keeping eco-friendly practices.

Plantations Near Willemstad
Name Type Location Island
Aloe Vera Plantation Plantation 6.1 mi. East of Central Willemstad Curacao

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these in Willemstad can be seen here:

Land Formations In Willemstad
Name Type Location Island
Oswaldo's Dropoff Reef 1.5 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad None
Port of Willemstad Harbour Downtown Willemstad Curacao

Fortunately, Willemstad has other attractions. For a more thorough discussion of other attractions, see this page.

 

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