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Top beaches on Curaçao

As nature’s playground for sea turtles and dolphins, Curaçao is also known for its turquoise seas,
tropical reefs, secluded outlet sand spectacular vistas. Sunbathe on one of the “Best Beaches on Earth,”
swim and kayak in calm, crystal waters, or unleash your inner beachcomber as you sink your feet
in soft white sand. Start with 
our favorites below – then discover your own.

 

Cas Abao
Like a scene from a beach movie, Cas Abao offers white sands, crystal clear waters, swaying palms, shady parasols, and tropical reefs. A raft for sunbathing and playing is moored off the beach and an exciting range of watersports is available. Join a free salsa lesson, try a relaxing seaside massage, then chill out at a bar, or dine at a restaurant with a varied menu. Admission fee.

 

Location: Southwest Coast
ldeal for: Swimming, sunbathing, diving, families, people watching
Facilities: Parking, shade, watersports, toilets, showers, refreshments
Accessible by: Car or taxi

 

Playa Kalki
White sands set against beautiful hills, limestone cliffs, and a green uncrowded environment have earned Playa Kalki a place on Travel + Leisure’s list of the “Best Beaches on Earth.” For the diving enthusiast, the waters are full of natural life and there’s even an old airplane wreck to explore. The beach is often featured on postcards, so bring your camera.

 

Location: Northwest Coast
Ideal for: Snorkelers, divers, sunbathers
Facilities: Parking, shade, snack bar, dive shop
Accessible by: Car or taxi

 

Groot Knip (Playa Kenepa)
Take the scenic road to one of Curaçao’s best-known beaches with its stunningly beautiful vistas and spectacular sunsets. Surrounded by high rocks, Playa Kenepa is a favorite with both locals and tourists, yet rarely feels overcrowded because it’s so long. Families love the beach because the kids can play safely in the turquoise blue waters. Playa Kenepa is also a great place for snorkelers, sunbathers, and beach walkers.

 

Location: West Coast
Ideal for: Divers, families, sunbathers
Facilities: Parking, snack bar
Accessible by: Car or taxi or bus 

 

Klein Curaçao
Snorkeling and diving are real treats on this small island, about 15 miles southeast of mainland Curaçao. Spot sea turtles, dolphins, and other exciting marine creatures in the crystal-clear waters. Or walk the beach of powdery, fine sand that encircles Klein Curaçao. Day tours and charter boats are available for the trip, which takes about two hours each way.

 

Location: Southeast of the mainland
Ideal for: Diving, walking, getting away from it all
Facilities: Limited – check when booking
Accessible by: Boat

 

Klein Knip
Less touristy than other beaches, this small but beautiful stretch of white sand offers great snorkeling, calm blue waters, and an intimate atmosphere. The beach is usually quiet on weekdays, but during the weekend “Little” Knip is a favorite with local families for playing, swimming, and barbecues. Facilities are limited, so bring your own food and drinks; sit back and watch the sunset. 

 

Location: West Coast
ldeal for: Snorkeling, picnics, sunbathing, families
Facilities: Parking
Accessible by: Car, taxi or bus

 

Playa Jeremi
Visit this secluded cove late in the day to watch a spectacular sunset. Playa Jeremi is a beautiful, pristine stretch of cream-colored sand, surrounded by lush mangrove forests. The clear, calm waters are ideal for snorkelers and the secluded location makes the beach perfect for a serene experience, especially at sunset. Seclusion means few amenities, so bring along your own food and drinks. 

 

Location: West Coast
ldeal for: Snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing
Facilities: Parking
Accessible by: Car, taxi or bus

 

Blue Bay Beach
Curaçao’s largest beach is popular with local families and visitors for its soft white sands, shady palms, shallow waters, and many facilities. Lying near the fishing village of St. Michiel, Blue Bay is also well set up for diving, sea kayaking, or just relaxing with a tropical drink. Children in particular enjoy the playground and pool.

 

Location:  Southwest Coast
ldeal for:  Families, swimming, watersports
Facilities: Parking, bar, restaurant, beach villa rentals, showers, toilets, nearby golf
Accessible by: Car, taxi, or bus

 

Jan Thiel Beach
Located in a new, upscale residential area, east of town, Jan Thiel is a developed and very safe European-style beach. Lounge on the cement quays beside the large open bay, which offers excellent snorkeling. The beach is relatively small but children enjoy the semi-enclosed wading area that resembles a swimming pool. Many amenities are available, including beach-tennis courts. 

 

Location: South Coast
ldeal for: Diving, families, sports lovers, shopping
Facilities: Parking, restaurants, shops, watersports rentals, beach chairs
Accessible by: Car or taxi

 

Mambo Beach 
Calm, shallow waters protected by a carefully placed breakwater make swimming conditions ideal here, especially for children. White sand and majestic palm trees for shade complete the picture. Mambo Beach also offers shopping boutiques, chair and umbrella rentals, plus a watersports center. Refreshments and other facilities also make it easy to spend a whole day here without leaving the beach.  

 

Location: South Coast
ldeal for: Swimming, snorkeling, families, sunbathing, shopping
Facilities: Parking, bars and restaurants, shower, toilets, nearby shops
Accessible by: Car, taxi, or bus

 

 St. Michiel Baai (Boca Sami)
Set in a charming area with restaurants and shops, the beach borders a local marina, sheltering small fishing boats. Swim the calm waters, or cast a line from the small fishing pier and catch your dinner. Around the beach you’ll also find climbing trails for some exploring in the nearby hills. 

 

Location:  South Coast
ldeal for:  Swimming, walking, fishing
Facilities: Parking, nearby bars, restaurants
Accessible by: Car or taxi 

 

Playa PortoMari
A busy tourist beach for relaxing, snorkeling, and fun in the sun with family or friends. The blue sea has a smooth sandy bottom, perfect for the kids. Playa PortoMari also features a covered picnic area, beach parasols, chair rentals, and a great seaside restaurant. Enjoy the spectacular view from a terrace bar. Everything needed to make a day of it awaits you.  

 

Location: Southwest Coast
ldeal for: Swimming, snorkeling, families, sunbathing
Facilities: Parking, bar and restaurant, showers, toilets
Accessible by: Car or taxi

 

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