Curaçao is a southern Caribbean island, popular with beach lovers and divers. Explore its natural parks and museums to appreciate its natural and cultural attractions.
The coastline has miles of white sandy beaches, clear waters and secluded rocky coves. Most of the best beaches are on the southern and western sides of the island. Lounge on warm sands, have a drink in a beachside bar and participate in a variety of water activities. Kayak through the waves at Blue Bay Beach, windsurf at Seaquarium Beach and waterski and jet ski off Papagayo Beach.
Explore Curaçao’s underwater world on a diving expedition. See large sponges, an airplane wreck, a sunken cargo freighter and a forest of coral. Go as deep as 1,000 feet (320 meters) below the surface in a mini-submarine. Enjoy excellent snorkeling opportunities in the clear, shallow water close to shore.
Away from the beaches and aquatic attractions, drive to Christoffel Park in the north for its flora and fauna. Follow hiking trails through thick tropical vegetation, past fields of orchids and around hills. Book a four-wheel-drive sunrise safari to spot deer and other animals. Nearby is Shete Boka National Park, home to Boka Tabla, where waves crash into an underground cavern.
Make your way to Willemstad, Curaçao’s capital city. Stroll through the narrow streets of this harbor town and admire the pastel-colored Dutch colonial buildings. Glean insights into Curaçao’s history by visiting the museums. Kura Hulanda Museum charts the island’s role in the slave trade. Inside the Maritime Museum, inspect maps and artifacts that document more than 500 years of Curaçao’s seafaring past. Shop at the Floating Market, a string of visiting boats from Venezuela that sell fresh produce. Ask a fisherman to recommend an outdoor café.
Curaçao is about 35 miles (56 kilometers) off the north coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean Sea. Reach the island by flying into Curaçao International Airport.
Located outside the hurricane belt, Curaçao is a popular destination year-round.
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This family-friendly Willemstad hotel is located on the waterfront, within 2 mi (3 km) of Mambo Beach and Curacao Sea Aquarium. Parke Tropikal Zoo and Zuikertuin Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is situated on Curaçao's south coast, right on the beach, where guests can learn to scuba-dive, snorkel, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard. The island's capital, Willemstad, is 30 minutes away and easily accessible. The airport is a scenic 40 minute drive from the hotel.
A 5-minute walk from resort's historic Rif Fort, Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino overlooks the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea from picturesque Willemstad. Guests can bus around the island from the nearby station, or hike across Christoffel National Park, a vast reserve only 30 minutes away by car.
Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Hato Caves and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from University of the Netherlands Antilles. Sambil Curacao and Blue Bay Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Renowned Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie created this 72-suite, open-air resort hotel set amid dense tropical gardens; the Floris' private Caribbean beach with coral reefs is 305 m (335 yd) away, as is the Curacao World Trade Center.
Facing the Caribbean Sea and east of downtown Willemstad's shopping, dining, and sightseeing, this multi-section hotel is centered around an 18th-century Dutch Colonial mansion.
Located adjacent to Piscadera Bay in the Netherlands Antilles, less than 5 km (3 mi) north of Willemstad, this 23-acre resort features panoramic sea views, a health spa, and a casino.
Along a private beach facing clear Caribbean waters, this resort 1 km (a half-mile) from the Curaçao Sea Aquarium includes a flying trapeze, a circus trampoline, and a rock-climbing tower.