About Curacao : Curacao's Beaches


Curacao's Beaches

Almost all Curacao beaches are scattered along the sheltered and calm southwestern coast, where the waters are calm and crystal clear.
At some beaches admission is charged, sometimes including a beach chair. Even though it is not common, nor acceptable practice at all beaches, you may see European visitors sunbathing topless. Please note that this is not permitted by law, but is tolerated at a few of the beaches.



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Blue Bay Beach

Landhuis Blauw, Willemstad
Phone: + (5999) 888 6489

Blue Bay Beach is a large shady beach just northwest of Willemstad, near the village of Sint Michiel, with lots of facilities. It's popular with local families and visitors because of the soft white sand. The sea floor slopes gently from the beach, so children enjoy playing here. There are lounge chairs, palm trees, shade umbrellas, a nice bar and restaurant, a water sports center (diving and sea kayaking!), and a bikini shop. There is a children’s playground, a fairly large pool, and showers and toilets. On Sundays you can join a barbeque lunch. An admission fee for Blue Bay, Curacao is charged.

Boca Santa Cruz

Captain Goodlife
Phone: + (5999) 864 0438 / 520 1147

The mangrove swamp surrounding this wide beach, dotted with palm trees, clouds the water, creating less than ideal conditions for snorkeling. However, it does attract a lot of birds, creating excellent bird-watching possibilities. A few shade structures are set back from the water, and there's a small bar and restaurant (Captain Goodlife's Beach Hut) and restrooms. Captain Goodlife can take you in his water taxi to a small secluded (private) beach such as Love Beach, Santa Pretu, or Playa Hula -- places that can only be reached by boat.

Boka Sami

Small boats bob in the bay of this traditional fishing village just west of town. The dive club on the pier has public restrooms and a restaurant. The small beach, also known as Boka Sami, has no shade and little sand, but lovely water, a small fishing pier. There are two simple, good fish restaurants nearby. You can also explore the salt marsh or climb a trail that runs up the hill to the west of the beach.


The beach is made of coarse sand and pebbles and is popular for snorkeling and diving because its part of the underwater park. Also popular with the island residents. There are several small restaurants, there water is usually calm and the admission is free. The nearby Baya Beach Club is not free of charge.

Cas Abao

Phone: +(5999) 463-6367

Cas Abao offers you a white sandy beach, crystal clear waters, waving palm trees and many gazebos for shade.
The beach combines a natural country setting with all the conveniences of a full service beach. Cas Abao is ideal for swimmers of all ages and its reefs are a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. A raft for sunbathing and playing is moored off the beach.

There is a bar, restaurant, showers, massage facility and dive shop. Cas Abao is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm.


A small bay close to town, this beach has good snorkeling along its rocky ledge and a small fishermen's cove. Pergolas provide adequate shade and there is also a snack bar that is open both during the week as on the weekend. To the west of the beach, a small trail leads into the countryside.

Jan Thiel Beach

Zanzibar Jan Thiel , Willemstad
Phone: +(5999) 747-0633

Lounge on a beach bed under a palm tree and enjoy the beautiful open bay, which has excellent diving and snorkeling. Jan Thiel Beach is located in a new upscale residential area east of town. With a full service dive operation and children-friendly semi-enclosed wading area resembling a swimming pool and a small water park. Jan Thiel is a real family beach. There's also a restaurant that serves sandwiches, snacks, and drinks on the beach.




Visit this narrow, picturesque cove late in the day. Linger to watch the sun set, when you can fully appreciate the exceptionally clear water without minding the lack of shade. Uneven steps cut into the rocks lead from the parking area to Jeremi Beach. This location is a real escape from the public without amenities and no entrance fee.


These two beautiful coves are among the island's most popular beaches. Intimate Playa Kenepa is partly shaded by manchineel trees. The snack bar (which has a tiny restroom) is open on weekends and often plays loud music. Locals like to camp here during school holidays. Larger Playa abou (Big Beach) has several shade pergolas set back from the water and a large snack bar. Behind the beach is a small salt marsh. The vista over the beach from the parking area is an excellent photo op; a stairway and ramp lead down to the beach. Halfway between the two beaches is a Cliffside lookout point, a good photo op, with a path that leads through the underbrush to Kenepa Beach. Nearby Landhuis Kenepa is worth a visit.

Limited amenities available

No entrance fee required

Klein Curacao (small Curacao)

Island 2 hours off the coast of Curaçao

Curaçao's longest and whitest beach is on Klein Curaçao, an uninhabited island eight miles off the southeast coast. Dive operators and charter boats take passengers out to the oversized volcanic rock for beach parties, cookouts, and fantastic diving. The shore is covered in soft white sand and the water is crystal clear, but there is little shade. The northeastern side routinely has calm water with gentle waves. If you want to go over here, check with dive operators or sailboat charters offering trips featuring snorkeling, refreshments, and usually a picnic or barbecue lunch.

Kokomo Beach Curacao

Phone: +(5999) 8680908

Vaersenbaai, now called Kokomo beach is completely renewed. It has a restaurant, bar and a beach bar. The beach has lounge chairs and palm trees providing shade. The beach has free access. There are showers and toilets with access for disabled persons. There is a dive platform in front of the pier. At Kokomo you can have a massage, there is a diving school, shop and small museum.

Since its renovation Kokomo beach has become one of the most popular beaches at Curacao.

Playa Forti

Westpunt Playa Forti

The view from above Playa Forti is right out of a postcard, with the fishing boats and a panorama of the island's western tip. Here you'll find pleasantly different coarse brown sand and tiny smooth pebbles but almost no shade. There are several snack bars and a restaurant at the parking area above Curacao Playa Forti, with a steep ramp and steps down to the water.

Playa Kalki

This small cove is popular for snorkeling and diving, and has a roped-off area with a floating platform. It is located down steep stone steps from the parking area. Halfway between the parking area and the beach is a shaded terrace with a snack bar and dive shop. From Curacao Playa Kalki another set of steps leads to the Kura Hulanda Lodge on the bluffs above, which has a restaurant. Entrance to the water is somewhat rocky.

Playa Lagun

A cluster of fishing boats gives this narrow cove a picturesque air. The water is very calm and shallow near shore, with excellent snorkeling. Children who can barely swim will be able to don a mask and see the fish without going in over their heads. Large shade structures and manchineel trees provide ample shade. A small snack bar is open on the weekend..

Playa Piskado or Playa Grandi

This tiny fishermen's beach is also popular for snorkeling and diving and has some good photo ops of the boats and nets. A small snack bar is open on the weekend. Entrance to the water is somewhat rocky.

Playa Porto Mari

Landhuis Porto Mari , St. Willibrordus

Phone: + (5999) 864-7558

Playa Porto Mari is a beautiful sandy bay to be found on the private estate of Plantages "Porto Mari" on the west coast. Its white coral sand beach, with clear and calm water, is a true paradise for water lovers. The unique "double" reef is easily accessible from the shore, providing a fascinating snorkel and dive site. There's a dive operator at the beach.

For landlubbers, two nature trails have their starting point at the beach parking lot. All activities at Playa Porto Mari are managed in an environmentally responsible manner. For example, water is recycled and used for the toilets and irrigation purposes, the boardwalks are made from discarded pallets or "Trex", a recycled product, and their publications are printed on 100% wood-free recycled paper.

Playa Porto Mari is open every day and the beachside bar and restaurant offer visitors a variety of delicious tropical drinks and meals.

Entrance fee: Naf. 3.50 p.p. (Naf. 4.00 on Sundays/Public Holidays) which includes one free drink. Children free. Open daily from 9.30 hrs to 18.30 hrs. (Closed on 31 December and Carnival Sunday)

Seaqarium Beach

Bapor Kibra , Willemstad

Phone: +5999 461-6666

This beach, right next door to the sea aquarium has all facilities, palm trees and beautiful white sand. During the day it's the perfect place for children to play in the shallow water. There are shops, several bars like Mambo, Cabana, Wet & Wild, Aloha and Blue Oceans. There are facilities for all water sports. The beach is popular with families and young people. At night, specially in the weekend it can be a very crowded hotspot. There are concerts and even movies on the beach.


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