The amazing Curacao’s tourist attractions include the oceanfront cafes of Cas Abao Beach or Playa Porto Marie. The Curacao’s warm waters are perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving and other water sports. These are very similar to its sister islands – Aruba and Bonaire. Willemstad is a metropolitan city in the middle of paradise which is an escape from sun and sand. Curacao’s tourist attractions are not limited to water, you can also visit the Queen Emma Bridge and the Kura Hulanda Museum. Also, there are plenty of rockin’ beachfront nightclubs.
One of the famous Curacao’s tourist attraction is a fascinating world of graceful spotted stingrays, delicate coral gardens, and playful dolphins in the depths of the Caribbean Sea. It is best to explore with a plastic mask on the face and an oxygen tank on your back. The other Curacao’s tourist attraction include Mushroom forest and the nearby Blue Room cave. Mostly the dive sites are accessible from the beach while some of them must be reached by a boat. The coral-encrusted remains of the Superior Producer can also be explored. There are many dive operators on the island which gives a training for scuba diving along with a certificate.
You must have seen this Curacao’s tourist attraction on every postcard of Curacao, is located on the Punda side of Willemstad. Handelskade’s Colonial Dutch buildings are painted in brilliant pinks, blues and yellows. You can just take a seat at one of the Handelskade’s outdoor cafes and enjoy the view of the Queen Emma Bridge swing open to let ships into the harbor. Handelskade is one such Curacao’ tourist attraction where people like to get a drink as food is overpriced. Waking up early in the morning can give a delightful experience of the fresh fish and produce of daily floating market at Handelskade’s northern point.
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge
This amazing beauty is one of the Curacao’s tourist attractions, also known as ‘Swinging Old Lady’. Situated on St. Anna Bay, it is a floating pedestrian bridge connecting the two halves of Willemsand – Punda and Octrobanda. The Queen Emma Bridge, the mesmerizing Curacao’s tourist attraction, was built in 1888. Supported by 16 pontoon boats, the swings open to allow ships from entering and leaving the bay. The travelers enjoy a meal or coffee while admiring at boats, sailing through the open arm of the bridge, more often at night when it’s lit up.
Cas Abao Beach
The favorite amongst the Curacao’s tourist attraction, this place is loved by both travelers and locals. Shaded by thatched palapas (large palm umbrellas), this white sand beach is surrounded by cliffs and lush greenery. There are variety of things you can experience on this Curacao’s tourist attraction such as a full body massage right on the waterline, beach bars and restaurants offering a range of snacks and drinks, and the warm, turquoise water having sea turtles and a rainbow of tropical fish beckon snorkelers. Situated about 20 miles northwest of Willemstad near Fontein, the beach is accessible only by car. Travelers are recommended to bring water shoes as the pebbles and broken coral can be hard on your soles.
The peaceful Curacao’s tourist attraction, Play Lagun sits between the gray cliffs near the northwestern town of Lagun. Play Lagun, calm and shallow, is ideal for snorkelers of any skill level. There are facilities to rent scuba gear and snorkel. The travelers often talk about the crystal clear waters and beautiful coral reef, spotting colorful fish, sea turtles, school of squid and snorkeling. This Curacao’s tourist attraction is popular amongst families who want a quiet swim and has plenty of shade. The admission to Play Lagun is free, unlike other beaches like Play Porto Marie or Blauwbaai. It is advisable to wear water shoes or socks as the terrain above and below the shore can be rough.
For the outdoor enthusiasts Playa PortoMari is the best Curacao’s tourist attraction. What makes this beach a fun spot for undersea exploration is its rehabilitated double reef and snorkel rentals. Playa PortoMari has a beach bar and restaurant which serves Dutch kroketten and Indonesian satehs, enough for a second round in the water or a nap on the sand. It acts as savior after all the physical activity. Despite being overcrowded, people flock at this Curacao’s tourist attraction for its natural wonders and plentiful amenities such as clean bathrooms, shaded beach chairs and rinsing facilities.
Christoffel National Park
Curacao’s tourist attractions include Christoffel National Park which emerged from three plantations near the northwest of Curacao in 1978. A scenic drive through Curacao’s largest park is amazing but the best way to experience this rugged landscape is through hiking, the view is just unforgettable. The park is that Curacao’s tourist attraction which resides variety of flora and fauna including the rare and endangered Curacao White Tailed deer, barn owls, and wild orchids. Travelers are recommended to start early in the morning as park does not allow people to start their hike after 11am. This is due to the high temperatures and lack of shade. The park also offers bird and deer spotting activities, a guided climb up the mountain, safaris as well as seasonal events designed for families. To get more insight on the park’s history, you must visit Savonet Museum. It displays the eyes of the former residents including the slaves who used to work on the Savonet plantation, also the Arowak Indians residing here almost 4,000 years ago.
One of the most beloved beaches, Blauwbaai is the next Curacao’s tourist attraction. It is located about 10 miles northwest of Willemstad. After a swim of 5 minutes from the beach you will see multicolored coral and tropical fish, another 15 minutes and you will encounter a coral density of 100 per cent. It means that the coral covers whole of the ocean floor. Blauwbaai is praised for its tranquility and natural beauty, both below and above the waves.
Mambo Beach is one of the man-made Curacao’s tourist attractions which is situated 4 miles east of Willemstad. It features the crystal blue water, the bright white sand, the pina coladas and a sand volleyball court. The beach is a suitable stop during a cruise excursion. A boardwalk lined with restaurants, shops and bars become lively on Sunday nights. This beach is well equipped for the kids – Seaquarium Beach’s breakwater keeps the tides calm even when there is a rough surf. Travelers enjoy the large amount of shade available on the beach with unbeatable amenities in comparison to other Curacao’s tourist attractions.
Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao)
Klein Curacao is one such Curacao’s tourist attraction ideal for snorkelers, sun-worshippers and scuba divers. It is a largely uninhabited island located 8 miles off the southeast coast of Curacao. The island’s natural elements such as coral reefs, white sand beach, and marine life are the main reason for visiting. It is considered as the final resting place of many African slaves who were not able to survive from the dangerous voyage across the Atlantic. If you plan to visit this Curacao’s tourist attraction, do not forget to bring your sunscreen as there is little shade on this deserted island.
To protect Curacao from pirates and invaders, Rif Fort was built in the 19th Century. It is placed in the St. Anna Bay on the Otrobanda side of Willemstad. This Curacao’s tourist attraction is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The fort now is an upscale shopping mall with high-end brands such as Armani Exchange and Tiffany & Co. You will love to explore Rif Fort’s historic grounds and clicking pictures of the Caribbean Sea. There is also a wide range of dining options in the complex with an ambiance which is unbeatable.
Kurá Hulanda Museum
This Curacao’s tourist attraction was once a merchant square for slaves. It traces the history of the African slave trade on Curacao using 18th century scale models and artifacts. The museums have the collections of Mesopotamian relics, Antillean art and pre-Columbian gold. Majority of the visitors leave the museum feeling somber, but still recommend a visit for this kind of history lesson. It is located in Otrobanda.
Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
It is the oldest Jewish temple commonly called the Snoa. In 1728, it was founded by Jews who were displaced during Spanish Inquisition. Travelers are fascinated with the well-preserved building considering its old age. It is an impressive Curacao’s tourist attraction located on the Punda side of Willemstad.