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.
Blue Bay Beach
Landhuis Blauw, Willemstad
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
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.
Phone: +(5999) 463-6367
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
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.
Klein Curacao (small Curacao)
Island 2 hours off the coast of Curaçao
Kokomo Beach Curacao
Phone: +(5999) 8680908
Westpunt Playa Forti
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.
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
Bapor Kibra , Willemstad