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 merely want to experience some time on the open water, without the cost and complications of sailing on your own you can join an excursion. Wondering what's included and how long a trip lasts? Check out the table below to obtain contact information for area excursion services.
|Captain Boots||(999) 513-2747||Kima Kalki Marina - 5.1 mi. (8.2 km) East-Southeast of Willemstad|
|Mermaid Boat Trips||(599-9) 560-1530||Trompetbloemweg 10 - Punda|
|Miss Ann Boat Trips||(999) 767-1579||232A Jan Sofat - 5.5 mi. (8.8 km) East of Willemstad|
|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|
If you are contemplating a boat charter, you can reserve one from these area firms:
|(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.
Considering the option of sailing to Willemstad using a vessel you own, or a boat you charter in a different location? This next table provides a quick summary of potential docking spots.
|(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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