Natural Attractions in Willemstad

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Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you want to spend time outside? You might be happy to find out that the area has a couple of nature preserves nearby.

Curacao Marine Park is a nature preserve located 9.8 mi. Southeast of central Willemstad. Stretching from the Breezes Hotel to the eastern tip of the island is this unofficially protected area. Currently, the law does not make it a designated marine preserve, but they are working towards that goal and continue to remain vigilant in keeping the area pristine.

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


Hato Caves

Although most visitors to the area are drawn by the beaches, those aren't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Willemstad offers multiple options, including a couple of 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 chart directly below enables you to get more 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


Visitors can experience the local 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 thought of spending some time surrounded by 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.

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.

Look through the table just below 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


Aloe Vera Plantation

If the idea of spending some time on a tropical plantation captures your imagination, you really should consider visiting 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.

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 interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions in Willemstad are shown in the following table.

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

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