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.

Set in the vicinity of Willemstad, Pampoen Beach is on the South East edge of Curacao. You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Although there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, picking the right beach can mean the difference between a stressful and a relaxing afternoon. Before you arrive, consider some of Curaçao's most interesting options, like Pampoen Beach.

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.

Restrooms are available at Pampoen Beach. Additionally, you will have access to chairs and umbrellas, so visitors looking for a place to relax in the shade will get their wish.

Bear in mind that the area surrounding Pampoen Beach is highly urbanized, meaning you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Pampoen Beach on the South East coast of Curacao; the area hosts attractions such as Sunscape Casino, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

Historical attractions like Landhuis Zeelandia offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Pampoen Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about Curaçao, without having to stray too far from the beach. Actually, this shore will be found a mile and a half from this site of historical significance.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. 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

Pampoen Beach is very close to Willemstad, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Pampoen Beach visitors seeking a little additional excitement might want to think about checking out Willemstad, which is in the vicinity and is a particularly bustling part of Curaçao.


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular tourist area, it shouldn't be that difficult to find just the right type of hotel nearby. If you and your group are hoping to get a place that's on or near the beach, the table below shows the accommodations closest to Pampoen Beach.

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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a local restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is Cabana Beach. The restaurant has a menu featuring International food. They also specialize in pizza. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's just a short distance away.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown 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

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach on Curacao will have lots of options besides Pampoen Beach.

You may also want to try Daibooibaai, which is generally a pretty popular beach. 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 you're looking for something a little more private, Seaquarium Beach could be a good option for you. It is located just a little ways away.

You might also want to visit Baoase Beach, which is located three quarters of a mile to the northwest.

You may find that Pampoen Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, Curaçao offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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