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Welcome to Curacao

European-influenced Curaçao dazzles with Dutch-Caribbean architecture, hidden beaches, and spectacular snorkeling and diving just offshore. The candy-colored waterfront architecture of Willemstad, the capital, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and other sights—such as the floating Queen Emma Bridge and the rocky coastline at Shete Boka National Park—are well worth your while, too. But many argue that the island’s best scenery lies beneath the surface of its azure waves. Snorkeling and diving sites (including more than 65 individual dive sites around the island) are easily accessible from the shore, and boat tours out to top sites make it easy to plumb the water’s depths. Snorkel near a sunken tugboat or coral-encrusted pillars, where—if you’re lucky—you might catch a glimpse of a sea horse. You can even dip into the lagoon at the Curacao Sea Aquarium on a tour (snorkeling equipment and aquarium entry fee included) for the chance to swim among stingrays and tropical fish. If you’d rather remain on dry land, off-road tours in dune buggies or ATVs are a popular way to conquer the undeveloped western shore, which is home to historic fishing villages and challenging, hilly terrain. From Willemstad, nearby Klein Curaçao is a popular day trip—reachable by boat, the pristine, uninhabited island is ideal for a day of snorkeling and exploring.

Top 10 attractions in Curacao


Shete Boka National Park

Shete Boke National park offers rocky coastal views and wild wind-lashed landscapes bordering Christoffel National Park. There are beaches tucked away on the rocky limestone coast, where three species of sea turtles lay their eggs. At Boka Tabla, wild waves wash into an undersea cavern. Find a sheltered nook at the entrance to the cavern for a bird’s-eye view of the crashing sea. Scenic one-hour hiking trails wind across the cliff tops for spectacular coastal views.More

Kenepa Beach

Kenepa Beach is one of those places that’s worth the drive to get there. Located 50 minutes from Willamsted on the northwestern corner of the island, the white sand beach and turquoise water create a Caribbean tableau that ends up on Curacao postcards. Broken up into two beaches that are separated by rocky cliffs, Kenepa Beach is a popular spot for cliff diving, sunbathing, and snorkeling.More

Cas Abao Beach

Hit the beach at one of Curacao’s most idyllic sandy shores. Cas Abao Beach is a protected escape on the island’s west side, where you can enjoy the crystal-blue water and gleaming white sand among a convenient collection of amenities. The private beach has plenty of parking, and once you’ve paid the entry fee, you can rent whatever you need on-site, from beach chairs and umbrellas to paddle boats and snorkeling gear. At lunch time, you can get burgers, sandwiches and frozen drinks at the Beach Bar & Restaurant, and if you’re looking for even more relaxation, book a massage at the open-air hut on the beach. The beach also has bathrooms with showers and lifeguards to keep everyone safe as you swim or snorkel.More

Playa Lagun

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten track beach on Curacao, but don’t want sacrifice on amenities, try Playa Lagun. This protected beach within a deep cove flanked on either side by sheer cliffs is near the northern end of the island, far enough from Willemstad that you can avoid the cruise crowds, and with a small beachfront restaurant that does double duty as a dive shop. Playa Lagun is also well known as one of the best spots for diving and snorkeling from the shore, and you can get scuba tanks or snorkel gear from the dive shop to explore the nearby reefs. And there are plenty of picnic tables where you can relax and have lunch after a morning of swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.More

Curacao Liqueur Distillery

The island of Curacao may be best known for the alcohol that bears its name. Blue Curacao is a signature—and colorful—liqueur that is steeped in the island’s history, and you can visit the home of the original Blue Curacao at the Curacao Liqueur Distillery. The Triple Sec-style liqueur is made from the peels of the Laraha fruit. Though Laraha evolved from Valencia oranges brought to the island in 1499 by Spanish settlers, this bitter orange is now unique to Curacao because it adapted to the island’s desert like climate, making it inedible when fresh. However, used as a flavoring steeped in the alcohol it releases fragrant oils that create the signature flavor.More

Curacao Ostrich Farm

Get a taste of Africa in the Caribbean at the Curacao Ostrich Farm. Originally opened in 1995 as a working farm to supply ostrich products to South America, the farm quickly became a popular spot for visitors, and now it’s home to about 400 ostriches—about half of which are newborn chicks. When you visit you can take a safari tour in a truck to see ostriches of all ages, from eggs to full grown adults. The farm is also home to emus, potbellied pigs and Nile crocodiles. And if you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can join a quad tour to go four-wheeling across Curacao’s desert island landscape before grabbing a meal at the on-site Zambezi Restaurant, which serves ostrich steaks, burgers and omelets.More

Fort Beekenburg

Unlike Curacao’s more popular colonial-era fortresses, like Rif Fort and Waterfort, Fort Beekenburg is largely abandoned. For many years it was inaccessible, sitting on private property owned by an oil company. But today it’s accessible, and free, to visitors any time. The fort was built in the early 1700s on the south end of the island, where it successfully repelled numerous invaders trying to land in Caracas Bay. Visitors can explore on their own throughout the fort, including the top of the tower, which still holds a handful of cannons and offers great views. But be prepared for a workout, as there are a number of stairs and ladders to climb along the way.More


The eastern part of Willemstad’s downtown historic district is called Punda, which comes from the Dutch word for “point” because this part of the city sits at the end of a promontory at the mouth of St. Anna Bay. First settled in 1634, the area is a picturesque port area packed with pastel-colored colonial architectural. One of the main attractions here is Fort Amsterdam, built in 1635 as a garrison to protect the city, which is used today as the governor’s palace. Another historic site is the Mikve Israel-Emanuel synagogue, which was built in 1732, making it the oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere. Throughout Punda, you’ll find great shopping, art galleries and restaurants, and you can also take a walk across the Queen Emma Bridge, a floating pontoon bridge called the “Swinging Old Lady,” to explore the Otrabanda side of the historic downtown area.More

Queen Emma Bridge

The Queen Emma Bridge is a floating pontoon bridge that connects the waterfronts of Willemstad’s historic neighborhoods Punda and Otrobanda. Nicknamed the “Swinging Old Lady,” the Queen Emma Bridge is hinged with two diesel-driven propellers so that it can swing parallel to the shore to allow boat traffic in and out of St. Anna Bay. Built in 1888, the pedestrian-only bridge is a unique and popular attraction on Curacao, with upwards of 15,000 people walking across it every day. On both the Punda and Otrobanda sides of the bridge, you can find cafés and restaurants lining the waterfront, and the bridge area is a popular and picturesque gathering spot at night when the bridge is lit up with twinkling lights.More

Hato Caves

Cave paintings, stalactites and stalagmites are a feature of Curacao’s limestone Hano Caves. The indigenous Arawaks used the caves for shelter, and runaway slaves hid here in the colonial days. These days Curacao’s long-nose fruit bats call the cave home, and dramatic lighting illuminates the cave’s waterfalls, pools and Madonna statue. Guided tours departing on the hour point out the 1,500-year-old cave paintings and share some of the legends and history of this mysterious underground world.More

Recent reviews from experiences in Curacao

Awesome trip with nice crew
Julio, Feb 2021
Klein Curacao with Sailing Catamaran BlueFinn
You need to visit it.
Amazing Experience
TristanR_K, Mar 2020
Complete Island Tour of Curacao
This was a great tour and we got to see everything that Curacao had to offer.
Private tour
frankreerslev, Jan 2020
The Curacao Full Day Private Tour Experience
I can recommend the experience as a good way to see Curacao, without having to be stuffed into a bus.
sjrang, Oct 2018
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
Can't wait to visit Curacao again.
what a wonderful way to see...
Colleen B, Jun 2017
Curacao Shore Excursion: Curacao TukTuk City Tour
what a wonderful way to see Curacao...
Super excursion! We got to see a...
Sally H, Mar 2018
Curacao Beach and Hato Caves Tour
We got to see a little bit of everything with an amazing tour guide named Jude who happened to be a Bishop in the Catholic church, as fate would have it.
Awesome tour guide. Super...
h_hagen, Apr 2018
Curacao Beach and Hato Caves Tour
Got to see lots of Curacao and had a great time.
I highly recommend this tour as our...
Jazsmine D, Dec 2017
The Curacao Full Day Private Tour Experience
This tour enables you to see all the sites around Curacao.
This was a great ride through the...
giabradley, Nov 2016
Curacao Snorkel Tour by Jet Ski
It was really nice to see the island from the water.
Elmer, our guide, was simply...
Adam L, Mar 2016
Shete Boka National Park and Playa Lagun Snorkel Adventure in Curacao
His knowledge of all that is Curacao was impressive, and we were fortunate to see some wonderful sights while learning all about he history of the island.
We really enjoyed our outing with...
federfeitel.lisa, Jan 2016
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
Please thank him personally from the Feitels and the Sudocks--we hope to see him again when we return!
andrewoK1415PC, Dec 2019
Swimming with sea turtles & Grote Knip Beach - Best island excursion
I would highly recommend booking this tour if you are fortunate enough to visit.
Saw and learned so much about Curacao
scoota185, Dec 2019
All West Beach Hopping Tour
Lots of big sea turtles swimming around plus plenty of other fish to see while snorkeling.
Fun little tour
lorishe09, Dec 2019
Curacao Shore Excursion: Curacao TukTuk City Tour
I recommend scheduling this tour for when you first get off the ship so that you can get ideas for what to do in town after the tour.
Fun on the "School Bus"
Jersenia P, May 2019
All West Beach Hopping Tour
I didn't rent a car and with taxi fares being so high, I decided that an all-day tour would allow me to visit the best beaches on the island.
Great way to learn about Curacao
Happiness28547421241, Dec 2018
Discover Diving in Curacao
It was really great to see the efforts that Han's dive shop and others in the area are making to re-grow the reefs.
We were a group of 10 5 Adults 5...
LINDA B, Aug 2017
The Curacao Private Beach Hopping / Snorkeling Tour
I would highly recommend this excursion for a day to see the beauty of Curacao and to ask for Andy to enhance the experience.
It was a cool way to see Curacao, and...
ricoblesed, Aug 2017
2-Hour TukTuk Rental with an Experienced Guide and Driver
It was a cool way to see Curacao, and took a long ride around the Island
We had a private tour with Andy who...
mamachester, Jun 2016
The Curacao Full Day Private Tour Experience
We were able to see much of the island due to his efficient use of time.
What a lucky thing to have Henry as...
Robert P, Jan 2017
2-Hour TukTuk Rental with an Experienced Guide and Driver
If you don't or can't do the water activities, this is the best way to get a feel for the city and experience the warmth of the people.

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