Pampoen Beach

Next to several large hotels, Pampoen has a tendency to get somewhat crowded, particularly on weekends. Locals flock here because it's near a number of residences on the outskirts of Willemstad, and because it's free. Its distinction as one of the premier diving spots on Curacao is the beach's main attraction for tourists.

Located in the vicinity of Willemstad, Pampoen Beach is on the South East edge of Curacao. You might want even if you are not staying nearby. Those searching for a somewhat calm, but somewhat social beach in Curaçao should give Pampoen Beach a try. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's not totally devoid of people either.

How to Access The Beach
There is good public parking here and it's easy to access from Willemstad. If you're in downtown Willemstad, go east on Penstraat along the coast. It'll turn into Martin Luther King Blvd., along which you'll find public parking as it intersects Koraalspechweg.

Amenities and Ambiance

The unique diving experience here is so special in large part because of the "car pile" - an artificial reef made entirely of old cars that were dumped here in the 60s. Though if diving isn't your thing, that doesn't mean you should skip over this beach. Huts and umbrellas cover the beach in all their shady goodness, and the water is calm, being protected along its entire length by the aforementioned artificial reef.

Pampoen Beach does have public restrooms for your convenience. In addition, you'll find chairs and umbrellas, so visitors looking for relief from the sultry island sun will get their wish.

Pampoen Beach as well as its availability of conveniences are located inside an area popular among tourist. As such, if you know that these amenities are a crucial feature, it'll be a good cause to make it there in the morning prior to when the crowds or going to a beach away from the major areas. If you wait around, it's possible you may run the risk of all those comforts becoming overwhelmed.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of Curacao; the area hosts attractions such as Sunscape Casino, which is not very far away, so some will want to take a cab, while others will find it a nice walk.

Historical attractions such as Landhuis Zeelandia offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Pampoen Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Curaçao, without having to leave the coast. As a matter of fact, you'll find this spot just a short distance away from this site of historical significance.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in Curaçao. The following table includes the closest attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Pampoen Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sunscape Casino Casino 0.1 mi. ENE Curacao
Dolphin Academy Curacao Dolphin Encounter Service 0.6 mi. SE Curacao
Curacao Sea Aquarium Aquarium 0.6 mi. SE Curacao
Landhuis Chobolobo Operating Distillery 1.4 mi. N Curacao
Curacao Liqueur Factory at Landhuis Chobolobo Distillery 1.4 mi. N Curacao
Landhuis Zeelandia Historical Site 1.8 mi. N Curacao
The Money Museum Yotin Kortá Museum 2.1 mi. NW Curacao
Postal Museum Museum 2.1 mi. NW Curacao
Tele Museum Museum 2.2 mi. NW Curacao
Hill Ross Casino Casino 2.2 mi. N Curacao
Easy Divers Coral Cliff Attraction 2.2 mi. NW Curacao
Jewish Cultural Historical Museum Museum 2.2 mi. WNW Curacao

Cities and Towns

Tourists at Pampoen Beach who are looking for other opportunities for exploration will want to consider going to Willemstad, because it's in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of Curaçao.

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Travelers hoping to find a place to stay near the beach will find themselves in luck, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from nearby. You will find the closest, most convenient booking options by viewing those shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Pampoen Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Sunscape Curacao 0.1 mi. ENE Resort
Kontiki Dive And Beach Resort 0.3 mi. E Resort
Lions Dive & Beach Resort 0.5 mi. SE Resort
Royal Sea Aquarium Resort 0.5 mi. SE Resort
ACOYA Hotel Suites & Villas 0.6 mi. N Resort
Baoase Luxury Resort 0.6 mi. NW Resort
Avila Beach Hotel 1.4 mi. NW Resort
Scuba Lodge 2.0 mi. WNW Hotel
Trupial Inn Hotel & Casino 2.2 mi. N Hotel
Academy Hotel Curacao 2.2 mi. WNW Hotel

Food

A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at a local restaurant, where you'll be able to sample regional favorites, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Cabana Beach. The restaurant serves delicious International food. Many guests rave about their pizza. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab since it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is included in the following table.

Restaurants near Pampoen Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Cabana Beach (005) 999-4631 ext. 600 International Informal 0.3 mi. E
Mambo Beach (599-9) 461-8999 Eclectic Very Casual 0.3 mi. SE
Hemingway Beach Bar & Restaurant (599-9) 465-0740 Cuban Informal 0.5 mi. SE
Restaurant Seasons (999) 788-2800 Caribbean Informal 0.6 mi. N
Baoase Culinary Beach Restaurant (599-9) 461-1799 Asian Fusion, Caribbean Fine Dining 0.7 mi. NW
Nemo Restaurant (599-9) 461-7555 Caribbean Fine Dining 1.3 mi. NW
Avila Cafe 599-9-461-4377 Eclectic Informal 1.4 mi. NW
Belle Terrace (599-9) 461-4377 -- -- 1.4 mi. NW
Blues Restaurant 599-9-461-4377 International Informal 1.4 mi. NW
Café Chobolobo (599-9) 461-6946 -- -- 1.4 mi. N
Grand Cafe Augustinus -- -- -- 1.8 mi. NW
Wine Cellar (599) 9 461-2178 French Informal 1.8 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Curacao has many beaches, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

You may also like Daibooibaai, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located 15 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 a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Seaquarium Beach is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located not far off the beach at all.

Travelers may also want to consider Baoase Beach, located within a short distance.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in Curaçao, and dropping by Pampoen Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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