The 10 Best Beaches in Curacao
There are lots of reasons to visit the beautiful Caribbean island of Curacao, but one of the biggest attractions is the array of amazing beaches. Washed by the rich currents of the Caribbean Sea, these beaches are the gateway to the crystal-clear waters beyond – a treat for divers, snorkelers and swimmers alike.
Whether you’re visiting Curacao’s beaches to experience the marine life, or just to soak up some tropical rays, our list of the 10 best beaches in Curacao will help you plan your time, and make the very best of your holiday.
Blue Bay Beach
Blue Bay Beach is one of the very best in Curacao, and lies north west of the capital, Willemstad. The beach is popular with divers, snorkelers, and sun worshipers. The nearby Blue Bay Golf Course is a big draw, and the beach offers the perfect way to relax after playing 18 holes.
Cas Abao Beach
Located in the north west of the island, Cas Abao Beach is well equipped with restrooms, showers, and a restaurant. Cas Abao has a reputation for being a little quieter than some of the most popular beaches on Curacao, and could be a great choice for anyone who likes to escape the crowds.
Playa Piskado is located in the extreme north of the island, and is best known for the turtles! The beach itself is pleasant, but not the very best on Curacao, but the azure waters are alive with turtles, and snorkeling alongside them is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Just south of Playa Piskado, in the north west of Curacao, is Grote Knip. There’s plentiful parking immediately to the south of the beach, and an outcrop next to the car park is a favored spot for taking panoramic shots of the beach and stunning turquoise waters beyond.
Playa Porto Marie
Playa Porto Marie is on the north west of the island, near to the small town of Sint Willibrordus. The diving is already excellent here, but an experimental program is underway to enrich the eco-system close to the shore, by adding new reefs formed from artificial coral blocks.
Mambo Beach is a popular, busy beach in Willemstad, and features many amenities like restaurants, bars, and the Curacao Sea Aquarium. Mambo Beach, and the neighboring beaches nearest to Willemstad, are best suited to visitors who enjoy people watching, and aren’t put off by crowds.
Playa Kalki is located near to the northern tip of Curacao, away from many of the busier beaches. The reefs here are especially popular with divers, and Playa Kalki includes a professional dive center. Not to be missed are the amazing and bizarre mushroom-like coral formations, that have earned the beach the nickname ‘Alice in Wonderland’!
Jan Thiel Baai
Located close to Willemstad, Jan Thiel Baai is a popular beach that features no less than four restaurants. Like most of Curacao’s best beaches, the waters here are good for diving, with some steep drop-off points near the shore. For those who prefer lively entertainment, there are plenty of events, and Jan Thiel Baai is even home to the famous New Year’s Dive!
Playa Lagun is a small but incredibly beautiful beach in the north west of Curacao. The beach is at the end of a narrow bay, and is well sheltered by the steep cliffs that surround it. A complex has recently been developed on the cliff tops, with apartments enjoying views across the bay. Playa Lagun includes a restaurant, a snack bar, and a diving school.
Our guide to the 10 best beaches in Curacao ends with one that isn’t exactly in Curacao at all! Klein Curacao is an uninhabited island about 6 miles south east of Curacao, with a long, white-sand beach running along its south-west side. To reach Klein Curacao, you’ll need to take a boat trip, and it’s best to set aside a full day for the excursion – but this undeveloped piece of paradise is well worth it! We’ve put together a guide to Klein Curacao to help you understand what it offers visitors!