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WillemstadCuracao

The capital of the Caribbean Island of Curaçao, Willemstad has a multicultural feel, natural beauty, colorful buildings and a deep sense of history.

The range of attractions in Willemstad is as varied as the colors of the houses lining the streets in this harbor city. Learn about its Dutch history, seen in much of the architecture, hike through pristine wilderness or wander through lively markets.

Start your visit to Willemstad in Punda, the original part of the city. Here, you’ll find a blend of multicolored colonial buildings and modern shops. Punda is also home to Fort Amsterdam, one of eight surviving forts in Curaçao. Opposite the fort is Penha House. It was built in the 1700s and is a prime example of a Dutch-styled merchant house. Continue along Columbusstraat to the western hemisphere’s oldest synagogue, Mikve-Israel Emanuel.

Willemstad is split into two main districts by the Santa Ana Bay. Punda is to the east and Otrobanda (“other side”) is to the west. The pedestrian-only Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge connects the two sides. When the bridge is open, jump on a ferry and cross the bay to get a view of the city from the water.

In Otrobanda, wander along narrow, twisting lanes, including the main commercial street, Breedestraat. Learn about the African and slave trade history of the island at Kura Hulanda Museum. Spend an afternoon at Riffort Village. At this former fort, you’ll find outdoor cafés, boutique shops and galleries.

Beyond Willemstad’s historical center you can enjoy the area’s natural park and beaches. Blue Bay Beach has a playground, restaurant and bar, umbrellas and loungers. Get a close-up view of the area’s marine life at the Curacao Sea Aquarium on the oceanfront.

Willemstad’s cuisine draws from the flavors of over 50 cultures. Go to Marsche Bieuw (Old Market) to sample cheap local dishes, including yuana, which is stewed iguana. At the Floating Market, merchants from Venezuela sell fresh fish and spices, fruits and vegetables.

Taxis and rental car is the best way to get around Willemstad. There is a public bus service but it’s not frequent.

Where to stay in Willemstad

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Williemstad, in Curaçao, is a Unesco World Heritage Site.  Its architecture, the details of the facades and the colors are a delight for the eyes.

Williemstad, em Curaçao, é Patrimônio Histórico Mundial  da Unesco. A sua arquitetura, os detalhes das fachadas e as cores são um deleite para os olhos.

Pietermaai District

4/5Very Good!(231 area reviews)

Pietermaai District is popular for its seaside views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue or Jewish Cultural Historical Museum.

Pietermaai District
Gorgeous view at the Marriott Resort in Curaçao during a visit to our sister island.

Piscadera

4/5Very Good!(84 area reviews)

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Piscadera and surrounding area, you can visit Blue Bay and Blue Bay Golf Course.

Piscadera
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Sunset at #AvilaBeachHotel ! Amazing! they have a 3 floor construction only to see the Sunset!

Nieuw Nederland

While Nieuw Nederland might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Mambo Beach and Curacao Sea Aquarium.

Nieuw Nederland

Top Hotels in Willemstad

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
4 out of 5
John F Kennedy Boulevard, Piscadera Bay, Willemstad
$160
per night
Apr 13 - Apr 14

Located in Piscadera, this beachfront resort is connected to the convention center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Leeward Antilles, Sambil Curacao, and Curacao Museum. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (56 reviews)

"It is probably the nicest hotel on the island. The gym was awesome too."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Curacao Marriott Beach Resort
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
4.5 out of 5
Santa Barbara Plantation, Porta Blancu Nieuwpoort, Willemstad
$153
per night
May 2 - May 3

Located in Willemstad, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 9 mi (15 km) of Curaloe Aloe Vera Plantation, Curacao Ostrich Farm, and Jan ...

4.4/5Excellent! (945 reviews)

"The property is nice, but it is not really near any other properties. Very isolated golf resort."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel
Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Pietermaai 152, Willemstad
$88
per night
Apr 9 - Apr 10

Located in Pietermaai District, this hotel is Leeward Antilles and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mambo Beach and Curacao Sea Aquarium. Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue ...

4.4/5Excellent! (208 reviews)

"Saint Tropez is one of the best boutique hotels I have ever stayed out. I do quite a bit of traveling and I do like to stay in smaller boutique hotels. This place is definitely in my top 5! It’s so beautiful both on the outside and in the rooms, you truly get a luxury feel. The staff is so nice, ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 10, 2020

Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel

Popular things to do in Willemstad

Mambo Beach
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Mambo Beach

4.5/5(302 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Mambo Beach, a popular beach in Willemstad. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops in this romantic area.

Curacao Sea Aquarium
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Curacao Sea Aquarium

4.5/5(142 reviews)

Make time to visit the sea creatures you'll find at Curacao Sea Aquarium and find out why this is a top attraction in Willemstad. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this romantic area.

Rif Fort
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Rif Fort

4.5/5(221 reviews)

During your trip to Otrobanda, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Rif Fort. Stroll along the seaside or visit the casinos in this romantic area.

Top activities in Willemstad

Jeep Tour to Shete Boca National Park with Snorkeling
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Jeep Tour to Shete Boca National Park with Snorkeling

96% of travellers recommend
$99
Per adult
Beach and Eco Tour of Curacao
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Beach and Eco Tour of Curacao

86% of travellers recommend
$55
Per adult
Curacao Island Tour
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Curacao Island Tour

90% of travellers recommend
$50
Per adult
Half-Day Shete Boca National Park Jeep Tour
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Half-Day Shete Boca National Park Jeep Tour

96% of travellers recommend
$65
Per adult
East & West: Complete Island Excursion
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East & West: Complete Island Excursion

88% of travellers recommend
$64
Per adult
Dolphin Swim & Sea Aquarium Park
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Dolphin Swim & Sea Aquarium Park

84% of travellers recommend
$196
Per adult

Reviews of Willemstad

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
342
5 - Excellent 47.23756906077348%
4 - Good
304
4 - Good 41.988950276243095%
3 - Okay
67
3 - Okay 9.25414364640884%
2 - Disappointing
6
2 - Disappointing 0.8287292817679558%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 0.6906077348066298%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Make sure you ask about the walking trails very near the hotel. You will see flamingos and other beautiful scenery!

4/5 - Good

Tavy

Mar 21, 2020

People are friendly. The beaches are beautiful and the city js very colorful. If you're into the city life, stay in Willemstad. If you are more of beach goer, stay at a resort.

4/5 - Good

Tavy

Mar 21, 2020

Willemstad is great. People are friendly and the city is very colorful. The beaches were awesome.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

Beautiful water. A lot of the island is still very poor but we resented a car and drive to other beaches to snorkel and eat. Lion’s Dive Beach Resort also had a great dive staff and we enjoyed diving with them. We will go back!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Willemstad is a beautiful city. The Historical Buildings gives you the feeling of the Caribbean.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Willemstad is a beautiful historic city. Make sure to get away from the tourism places and eat local

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