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 coast of Curacao. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Although Curaçao has more secluded beaches than Pampoen Beach, it has just the right amount of private-feel to attract small crowds.

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.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Pampoen Beach. It's also good to know that you will have access to chairs and umbrellas, so guests hoping for a place to relax in the shade will not go leave unhappy.

You should remember that the immediate vicinity around Pampoen Beach is rather congested, so you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of Curacao. Sunscape Casino is located a couple hundred yards away, and it is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

Historic attractions, including Landhuis Zeelandia, offer a great compliment to the natural beauty of Pampoen Beach, and they give vacationers the chance to learn more about Curaçao, without having to go too far from the beach. In fact, you'll find this spot a mile and a half to the north of this site of historical interest.

If a visit to the Pampoen Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

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 Distillery Distillery 1.4 mi. N Curacao
Landhuis Zeelandia Historical Site 1.8 mi. N Curacao
Postal Museum Museum 2.1 mi. NW Curacao
Numismatic Museum Museum 2.2 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

Pampoen Beach is close to Willemstad, so travelers staying in town won't have far to go. Pampoen Beach visitors looking for other interesting places to see might want to consider heading over to Willemstad, which is close-by and is a particularly bustling part of Curaçao.


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Beach-goers hoping to find a place to stay not far from the beach are in luck, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the vicinity. You'll find the closest hotel booking options by perusing what's listed 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 0.7 mi. NW Resort
Celeste Hotel 0.7 mi. N Hotel
Avila Beach Hotel 1.4 mi. NW Resort
Scuba Lodge 2.0 mi. WNW Hotel
Trupial Inn Hotel & Casino 2.2 mi. N Hotel


If you visit the beach around lunchtime the area near this beach provides some viable options, and you don't have to go far from the sea. One of the nearest restaurants is Cabana Beach. This restaurant has a menu featuring International food. They're also renowned for their pizza. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as 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
Larry's Neighborhood Grill & Bar (599-9) 461-0856 -- -- 1.4 mi. N
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
Chogogo Terrace (599-9) 747-2844 ext 2203 International Informal 1.8 mi. ESE

Other Beaches

Curacao has many nice beaches, so if Pampoen Beach doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Pampoen Beach has you wanting more of the same, think about heading to Daibooibaai, a beach with a similar ambiance. You'll find it 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. However, if you're looking to enjoy a quieter scene, Seaquarium Beach is an area which doesn't see as many crowds. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You might also want to visit Caracasbaai, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, Curaçao has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but Pampoen Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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