Boating and Sailing Near Willemstad

Willemstad is a popular port for commercial and pleasure sailing

Photo Credit: © Sailing Charter Curacao

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.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
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.

Charter and Rental Services
Name Phone Location Island
Sail Curacao (999) 663-4082 6.6 mi. (10.6 km) North-Northwest of Piscadera Curacao

Individual Charter Boats
Name Phone Location Island
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.

Name Phone Location
Curacao Yacht Club (999) 767-4627 5.4 mi. (8.7 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad
Curaçao Marine (999) 465-8936 Abattorweg - Willemstad
Kima Kalki Marina -- 5.1 mi. (8.2 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad
Palapa Marina (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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