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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

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Kenepa Beach

Kenepa Beach

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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. While it’s possible to snorkel directly offshore above the sandy bottom, strong swimmers and advanced snorkelers can venture out to the reef. Here, it’s possible to find everything from sea turtles to manta rays accompanying the colorful reef fish, and you can refuel later back on shore at the small, laidback snack bar. Climb the trail to the lookout point on the cliff above the two beaches, or simply relax beneath the shade of a pergola right on the sand. And, since Kenepa Beach is a popular spot with visitors as well as locals, there’s a festive atmosphere up on Curacao’s northwestern coast.More
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Hato Caves

Hato Caves

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Curacao’s limestone Hato Caves were used by indigenous Arawaks for shelter and by runaway slaves as a hideaway during colonial times. Today long-nose fruit bats call the cave home, while dramatic lighting illuminates its cave paintings, waterfalls, pools, Madonna statue, and formations with names such as the Pirate's Head and the Sea Tortoise.More
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Curacao Liqueur Distillery

Curacao Liqueur Distillery

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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
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Cas Abao Beach

Cas Abao Beach

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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
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Playa Lagun

Playa Lagun

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A protected beach within a deep cove and flanked on both sides by sheer cliffs, Playa Lagun is near the northern end of the island, far enough from Willemstad to avoid the cruise crowds. This off-the-beaten-path strand is known as one of the best spots for diving and snorkeling from the Curacao shore.More
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Shete Boka National Park

Shete Boka National Park

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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
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Otrobanda

Otrobanda

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Across the mouth of St. Anna Bay from Willemstad’s Punda area is the other of the city’s historic downtown, Otrobanda, which literally means “the other side.” While Punda was settled in 1635, Otrabanda was built about a century later. If you walk from Punda across the Queen Emma Bridge, Otrabanda offers a great view of the iconic and colorful Punda waterfront. One of Otrobanda’s most popular attractions is Riff Fort, which was built in 1828 to help defend the city. Today the fort is a shopping mall where you can buy souvenirs or have a meal at one of the fine dining restaurants with wonderful views of the waterfront. In this area of the city, you’ll also find the Curacao Museum, which exhibits the works of local artists, antique furniture and the cockpit of the SNIP, the Dutch airline KLM’s first airplane to fly from Holland to Curacao.More
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Punda

Punda

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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
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Fort Beekenburg

Fort Beekenburg

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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
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Plantation House Jan Kock (Landhuis Jan Kok)

Plantation House Jan Kock (Landhuis Jan Kok)

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If you’re taking a drive to explore Curacao, plan a stop in Jan Kok, an area along the west coast, about midway between Willemstad and Westpunt. Here you can birdwatch along old salt pans, large shallow ponds used to evaporate salt from seawater, that have become a popular gathering point for pink flamingos as the travel between nearby Bonaire and South America. The birds wade in the warm shallow water grazing on small creatures that live in the water. Also nearby is Landhuis Jan Kok, a former salt plantation from the late 18th century that is now used as a gallery by a local artist.More

Top activities in Curacao

Swimming with sea turtles & Grote Knip Beach - Best island excursion
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Curacao Beach and Hato Caves Tour
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Boat Trip to Klein Curacao

Boat Trip to Klein Curacao

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Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
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Curacao Snorkel Tour by Jet Ski
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Curacao Snorkel Tour by Jet Ski

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Klein Curacao Adventure Day Trip
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Curacao Half Day ATV Adventure Tour

Curacao Half Day ATV Adventure Tour

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Happy Hour Sunset Sail

Happy Hour Sunset Sail

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Aquafari Tour in Curaçao
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Aquafari Tour in Curaçao

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Perfect Day Tour - Small Group!
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Hato Caves, Turtles & Beach

Hato Caves, Turtles & Beach

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Swimming with sea turtles incl. professional pictures. Pefect for Instagram & FB
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Full Day Sailing Catamaran to Klein Curacao with Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Curacao

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Immaculate tour
Shelby_S, Jun 2021
3 Bays in Half a Day
Definitely worth doing this tour to see some of Curacao's beautiful waters and marine life, meet other travelers, and have some fun!
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Awesome trip with nice crew
Julio, Feb 2021
Full Day Sailing Catamaran to Klein Curacao with Lunch
You need to visit it.
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Best way to start a trip ever!
Tyler_G, Jun 2021
The Curacao Full Day Private Tour Experience
We got to see so much of the island an experience so many of the things we wanted to see/do, all with an expert tour guide who gave us great tips along the way.
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A MUST DO ON CURACAO!!!! ASK FOR LIPSON!!!!!
William_K, Mar 2021
The Curacao Full Day Private Tour Experience
We discussed what we did want to see on our tour based off of our prior research, and left the rest up to him.
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Amazing Experience
Tristan_K, Mar 2020
Curacao Complete Island Tour
This was a great tour and we got to see everything that Curacao had to offer.
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Wonderful
Judy_R, Oct 2018
Breath of Curacao and Shete Boka Natural Park Outback Safari
Can't wait to visit Curacao again.
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Awesome tour guide. Super...
Howie_H, Apr 2018
Curacao Beach and Hato Caves Tour
Got to see lots of Curacao and had a great time.
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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.
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This was a great ride through the...
Giannina_b, Nov 2016
Curacao Snorkel Tour by Jet Ski
It was really nice to see the island from the water.
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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!
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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.
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THE. BEST. TOUR. PERIOD!
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Great way to learn about Curacao
Karen_B, 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.
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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.
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My husband and our 16 year old son...
Margaret_B, Apr 2016
Discover Scuba Diving in Curacao
My husband and our 16 year old son did this adventure while on spring break.
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A wonderful tour of the many natural...
Michelle S, May 2017
Shete Boka National Park and Playa Lagun Snorkel Adventure in Curacao
Highly recommended to anyone who wants to see the natural beauty of Curacao!
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This was one of the best snorkeling...
Joanne C, Feb 2017
Tugboat and Reef Snorkel Tour in Curacao
I was very happy to see that Viator provides quality tour experiences.
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