With nearly forty beaches on the Caribbean island of Curacao, selecting the right one can be a daunting task. Of course, choosing the right beach depends largely on what you are looking for in that stretch of sand. A secluded spot for you and your mate? An area rich in dazzling underwater life so that you can don your snorkel gear and wade in? Or calm waters and soft sand that will delight your little ones? Curacao’s beaches offer all that and more. Here are the best beaches in Curacao.
Just east of downtown Willemstad in Bapor Kibra, you will find Sea Aquarium Beach. This is your typical tourist beach (not necessarily a bad thing), complete with lounge chairs, bars and restaurants, concessions, and dive operators. Everything you need, including facilities. And if you stick around until after the sun drops, you will experience some of the island’s hottest nightlife.
Somewhat less touristy, Playa Porto Mari is an excellent beach for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Located off Willibrordus Road, Playa Porto Mari is perhaps the best beach on the entire island to kick back, relax, and take an occasional splash. There are facilities at Playa Porto Mari, as well as a pretty good restaurant and bar for a quick bite and a cocktail.
Looking for that romantic beach I mentioned earlier? Check out Playa Jeremi. No hustle and bustle here. No concessions or dive shops. No facilities either. Just a spectacular tropical island setting that’s very near perfect for two.
If you are bringing the kids along, head over to Playa Knip. Protected coves make the sea seem like the perfect swimming pool. Playa Knip offers facilities, so you and your tykes can use the restrooms. A wonderful place to lounge and play all day.
If you are searching for exceptional snorkeling conditions, then Playa Kalki is just the place. Located at the western tip of the island, Playa Kalki offers an underwater paradise.
If it’s a weekday, you can likely avoid the crowds at Cas Abou. This beach is phenomenal. Soft white sand, water a shade of blue that can hardly be described. Great for swimming, excellent for snorkeling. Arrive early, rent a beach chair, and make it a day.
Many of the beaches on Curacao charge nominal entry fees, which I find ridiculous in principle. But usually they are the beaches with the largest crowds, which I don’t care for anyway. If you want to avoid the fees (and the crowds), stick with Playa Knip, Playa Jeremi, and Playa Lagun west of Santa Cruz.
Enjoy the best beaches in Curacao!