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Curacao

Travel Guide
Willemstad showing general coastal views, views and night scenes

Discover the charms of a Caribbean island, from colonial architecture and coral reefs to captivating museums and miles of sandy beaches.

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.

Popular cities in Curacao

Sabana Westpunt
Sabana Westpunt
Known for Snorkeling, Diving and Secluded
Escape to romantic Sabana Westpunt! Enjoy its snorkeling and beaches.

Reasons to visit

  • Grote Knip Beach
  • Kleine Knip Beach
  • Kalki Beach
Willemstad showing swimming, rugged coastline and a sandy beach
Willemstad
Known for Islands, Snorkeling and Excursions
The capital of the Caribbean Island of Curaçao, Willemstad has a multicultural feel, natural beauty, colorful buildings and a deep sense of history.

Reasons to visit

  • Rif Fort
Jan Thiel
Jan Thiel
Known for Dining, Gardens and Poolside Bars
Get away to Jan Thiel! Enjoy the beaches, local cuisine, and sunsets.
Sint Michiel
Sint Michiel
Known for Snorkeling, Excursions and Sunsets
Explore Sint Michiel: its beaches, golf, oceanfront, and more!
Grote Berg
Grote Berg
Known for Mountains, Islands and Museums
Escape to Grote Berg! Enjoy its mountain views, island views, and museums.
Sint Willibrordus
Sint Willibrordus
Known for Secluded and Museums
Trip time! Discover the beaches and museums in secluded Sint Willibrordus.

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