Natural Attractions in Willemstad

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Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy spending time out in the fresh air? You may be happy to find out that the area has two different nature preserves nearby.

Curacao Marine Park is a nature preserve situated 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 travelers are attracted by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Willemstad offers multiple options, including a couple of caves.

You might want to visit 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 below offers more details on 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

Vacationers 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 at the zoo tickles your fancy, 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 related option 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.

Be sure to look through the following table to learn more.

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

Plantations

Aloe Vera Plantation

If the idea of experiencing life on a tropical plantation sounds like fun, 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 idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Willemstad are listed directly below.

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

If you would prefer having a wider range of attractions beyond this category, you might want to expand your planning horizon. For more information on other attractions for Willemstad, follow this link.

 

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