There is something magical about the historic Dutch-style city of Willemstad, especially when seen upon approach from the sea. Because this is an official port of entry, international sailors will be able to really take in the picturesque landscape of the coast before they begin the process of clearing in.
If you just want to enjoy some time on the water, without the cost and responsibility associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Check out the table that follows to obtain information on area day sailing companies.
|Adrenaline Tours Curacao||(999) 767-6241||Caracasbaai Road - 4.9 mi. (7.9 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad|
|Captain Boots Tours||(599) 951-3274 ext. 7||Kima Kalki Marina - 5.1 mi. (8.2 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad|
|Mermaid Boat Trips||(599-9) 560-1530||Trompetbloemweg 10 - Punda|
|Pelican Boat Trips||(999) 527-0747||Bapor Kibra - Willemstad|
|Sailing Charter Curaçao||(999) 521-3464||4.6 mi. (7.4 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad|
|Smallfield Adventures||(999) 663-4848||Brakkeput Abou 61 - Willemstad|
Evaluating the option of renting a boat? The following table indicates how to contact area charter services.
|(999) 663-4082||6.6 mi. (10.6 km) North-Northwest of Piscadera||Curacao|
|Insulinde||(999) 560-1340||Downtown Willemstad||Curacao|
When you arrive in Curacao's waters, you officially have 24 hours to clear in. You can do so directly at the docks in Willemstad, but some skippers choose to go to Punda to avoid the commercial water traffic. The gain clearance you'll need a valid passport for every passenger, proof of ownership of the boat, and a list of the ship's stores. After all of that has been approved, you'll purchase a $10(USD) anchor permit, then continue on and dock your boat.
Be aware that you will also have to contact Immigrations and Curacao before you depart to clear out.
Planning to sail to Willemstad in your own vessel, or one you charter elsewhere? The following chart provides a quick summary of nearby marinas.
|(999) 767-4627||5.4 mi. (8.7 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad|
|(999) 465-8936||Abattorweg - Willemstad|
|--||5.1 mi. (8.2 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad|
|(999) 562-5435||Palapa Curacao - 4.6 mi. (7.5 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad|
Willemstad is an important port, and there is always something going on. If you're looking to sail in to a destination with a particularly interesting view, and you want to be kept busy once you dock, this is absolutely the place for you.
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