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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
|Sunscape Casino||Casino||0.1 mi.||ENE||Curacao|
|Dolphin Encounter Service||0.6 mi.||SE||Curacao|
|Curacao Sea Aquarium||Aquarium||0.6 mi.||SE||Curacao|
|Operating Distillery||1.4 mi.||N||Curacao|
|Curacao Liqueur Distillery||Distillery||1.4 mi.||N||Curacao|
|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|
|Jewish Cultural Historical Museum||Museum||2.2 mi.||WNW||Curacao|
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.
|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|
|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.
|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|
|(599-9) 461-0856||--||--||1.4 mi.||N|
|Avila Cafe||599-9-461-4377||Eclectic||Informal||1.4 mi.||NW|
|(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|
|(599) 9 461-2178||French||Informal||1.8 mi.||NW|
|Chogogo Terrace||(599-9) 747-2844 ext 2203||International||Informal||1.8 mi.||ESE|
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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