Do you enjoy spending time under the open sky? You may be happy to learn the area has two different 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.
|Curacao Marine Park||Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve||9.8 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad||Curacao|
Even though most travelers have heard about the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Willemstad offers some interesting choices, including a couple of caves.
You should consider visiting Hato Caves, which is located in northern Willemstad. Within the Hato Caves visitor will see a collection of limestone formations, the statue of Maria holding her child, and a water pool. Several tours are available, including the Hato Cave Tour, which is a 45 minute guided walk trough the cave which leaves daily at 4:00 p.m.
The chart right below provides more details concerning caves.
|Hato Caves||Cave||5.2 mi. North of Central Willemstad|
|Cave||5.2 mi. North of Central Willemstad|
Visitors can visit a park in Willemstad.
|Park||3.0 mi. East of Central Willemstad||Curacao|
If the idea of spending some time with interesting animals sounds like fun, consider visiting 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.
Another similar attraction is Curacao Sea Aquarium. 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.
Check the chart below for more information about what's available.
|Curacao Ostrich Farm||Zoo||6.8 mi. East of Central Willemstad|
|Curacao Sea Aquarium||Aquarium||2.7 mi. Southeast of Central Willemstad|
If the thought of spending some time on a tropical plantation sounds intriguing, you should visit Aloe Vera Plantation. The Aloe Vera Plantation offer visitors plenty of information on the plant, and the process by which it becomes the popular creams. When visiting, you will watch a short video showing the production, and will be able to ask staff questions. Additionally, you will be able to browse the gift shop where you can purchase a number of aloe related products.
|Aloe Vera Plantation||Plantation||6.1 mi. East of Central Willemstad||Curacao|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more popular area land formations. Fully natural attractions like these in Willemstad are summarized in the table below.
|Reef||1.5 mi. Southeast of Downtown Willemstad||None|
If you want to learn about a wider variety of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you can think about other possibilities. Click here to view our discussion of other interesting attractions for Willemstad.
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