The most beautiful beaches on the Caribbean island of Curaçao.

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BEACHES CURACAO

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We dare to say you probably landed on the most important webpage ever! Feel like a local and get to know all the best beaches on the island of Curaçao, a tiny island in the Caribbean Sea. Get a full overview of all the bays and beaches Curaçao has to offer, so you know exactly where to go. Per beach you will see what facilities to expect, such as entrance fees and if it is a child-friendly beach. This Curacao Beach list is a definite must-read before your trip!

plenty of shaded areas
showers available
child-friendly
restrooms available

no facilities
diving school
entrance fee
restaurant

Cas Abou Beach

Cas Abou Beach (or Cas Abao Beach) is named one of the 25 most beautiful beaches in the world and this is not without reason. The embodiment of a Caribbean beauty with white sand, crystal clear turquoise water, and lots of beautiful sea life. Equipped with everything you need, you can relax, dive, snorkel, enjoy the colorful reef fish and let your mind wander. Bringing your own cool box is allowed. Cas Abou Beach is an absolute must-visit!

Entrance fee: Naf.10,- per car (on weekends and holidays NAF.12.50)
Beach chair (Naf 5,-) & Showers available.

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Playa Forti

Playa Forti is best known as the daredevil’s beach. Here you can jump off a 10m high cliff into the water. This jump is not for the faint of heart or inexperienced swimmer, it offers a rush of adrenaline. There is also a restaurant on the other side that has an excellent view. They offer good local food and you might even see a school of fishes and sea turtles passing by. The beach itself does not have any facilities but some worthwhile activities.

Entrance fee: free
No facilities

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Daaibooi

Daaibooi Beach is very popular among locals. This is one of the few beaches on the island of Curaçao that allows barbecues, which is why it can get quite busy on the weekends. The beach is ideal for groups or families. A nice beach with lush green hills, a deep bay, and crystal-clear water that is great for snorkeling. There is a snack bar on the beach, but you also can bring your own food and drinks.

Entrance fee: free
Beach Chairs available (Deposit Naf 10,-)

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Grote Knip

You have surely seen many Instagram photos of someone sitting on a wall with a beautiful blue sea in the background. Well, that is Grote Knip (called Kenepa Grandi in Papiamentu, it means Big Knip in Dutch). Crystal clear water, stony cliffs, snow-white sands, and a well-equipped beach for a perfect beach day. This beach is a must-visit!

Tip: combine Grote Knip with Kleine Knip. They are very close by.

Entrance fee: free
Beach chairs (Naf 6,-), limited facilities

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Kleine Knip

Hidden and away from the main streets is Kleine Knip (it means Little Knip in Dutch), which is the smaller version of Grote Knip. Great beach to snorkel and quieter than Grote Knip. Tip: combine your visit with the Grote Knip beach.

Entrance fee: free
No facilities

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Playa Kalki

This beach can be found in the most western part of Curaçao, which makes it quiet and peaceful. Here you can discover lots of colorful fish while snorkeling. It belongs to the Kura Hulanda Hotel but is freely accessible by a steep staircase down to the beach. It has a small bar where you can order a drink or a snack and it has a dive school where you can rent your scuba diving gear. Definitely worth a visit!

Entrance fee: free

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Playa Jeremi

Sometimes you discover beaches that you do not hear much about but are worth a visit. Playa Jeremi is one of them. The beach is a quiet, classic tropical paradise, turquoise blue water, and stony volcanic cliffs, where you can go snorkeling, swimming and relax. This beach has more coral in the water, so be careful when entering. Bring your own cool box and chairs, you will not find any facilities here.

Entrance fee: free
No facilities

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Karakter

Karakter is a private beach club located in the Coral Estate Resort that offers a luxurious beach day experience. This beach has premium beach chairs with shade, Whatsapp service at the beach, a nice beach bar, and great food. This is not your typical white sand beach because you enter the water via a ladder, but it offers a unique beach day experience. There are also scuba diving possibilities here (and they have their own dive shop). Ideal for couples and families. Coral Estate also offers some stunning luxury beach houses to rent during your visit!

Entrance fee: free (Consumption mandatory)
Beach chairs: free (Consumption mandatory)

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Playa Lagun

Playa Lagun is one of the well-known idyllic beaches in Curaçao. It has bright blue waters between two rocky cliffs with nice rock formations and old fishing boats at the beach for that Caribbean picture perfect. There is a grill terrace overlooking the beach that offers everything that the discerning beach visitor needs. It is known for its snorkeling & diving possibilities; you will often find a sea turtle and in certain seasons even a manta ray.

Entrance fee: free

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Playa Piskado

The must-see spot if you want to spot turtles! A local beach that doesn’t necessarily invite you to sunbathe and relax, but that’s not the reason why you come here. The fishermen meet here every day to take out their fish and throw the remains into the sea. This attracts numerous turtles and different sea life. Here you can have a close-up with these majestic animals while swimming. A magical experience!

No facilities

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Playa Largu

A hidden beach that you enter through Landhuis San Juan. This Landhuis (manor) is known for its pristine beaches and you can only get here via a rough dirt road. A quiet place that allows barbecues and gives access to Playa Manzaliña and Playa Shon Mosa. A gatekeeper gives access to one (or more) beaches at San Juan. All beaches have no facilities. Although there are no facilities, it is worth visiting these gems and experiencing a piece of “raw” nature. Playa Largu, as the name suggests, is the longest of the three beaches in San Juan.

Entrance fee: Naf 10,- per car

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Porto Marie

Porto Mari might just make you think you are in the Bahamas, here you can also find pigs roaming around on the beach. Aside from the pigs, it is a beautiful beach with everything you need. Porto Marie is a well-known dive spot with colorful sea life attracting many divers and snorkelers and serves as the starting point for trips to the surrounding reefs. This beach is unique because it has a “double reef” and it has become a popular diving hotspot.

Entrance fee: Naf 5
Beach chairs: Naf 6
All facilities available

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Playa Hunku

Playa Hunku is a real hidden gem on Curaçao. Although it is close to the popular Playa Porto Mari, relatively few people know about it. Even locals sometimes don’t know about its existence. Unfortunately, this beach is on private land and is therefore closed to the public. But if you are looking for a unique wedding location or other private celebration, Playa Hunku can be requested.

Not open for the public.

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Playa Mansalina

Playa Manzalina is the most famous of the three beaches near Landhuis San Juan. It owes its name to the many manzalina trees that the beach has. This provides (more) shade, but also be careful as the leaves and fruits can cause unpleasant reactions on the skin. But this should not stop you from visiting this gorgeous beach which is ideal for barbecue, swimming, snorkeling and relaxing with friends and family.

Entrance fee: Naf 10 per car
No facilities

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Shon Mosa

Playa Shon Mosa is the smallest and most intimate beach of the three beaches near Landhuis San Juan. A small intimate 10m wide beach that is great for couples or small groups of friends. Surrounded by rocks and a small shady spot, however bringing an item to create more shade is recommended.

Entrance fee: Naf 10 per car
No facilities

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Santa Martha

Once a lively place where Sunset Waters Resort was located; nowadays Santa Martha bay is not your go-to beach to hang all day, but worth a visit. There are plans to rebuild in the near future. Before arriving at the bay, you will find a magnificent viewpoint overlooking Santa Martha bay. There is also Landhuis Santa Martha (manor), one of the most beautiful manors on Curacao. You can pay a visit and learn more about the Curacao’s culture and history. It is also a social working place for people with disabilities in Curacao.

No facilities

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Blue Bay Beach

The appropriately named beach is a true tropical paradise. This beach is in the Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort. Many locals live here but you can also rent a home or an apartment for your vacation. You will find many facilities and it is great for a full relaxing day at the beach. The beach is fully equipped including a children’s playground, various restaurants/bars, golf resort, and service at the beach. Ideal for families and a group of friends.

Entrance Fee: Mon-Wed Naf 7,50 and kids for free, Thu–Sun Naf 15 and kids Naf 7,50 & bottle water incl.

All facilities

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Boka Sami

This beach is in Sint Michiel and is visited by many locals from the area. There are several restaurants near the beach, but mostly “snèks”. Sometimes there are large oil drilling platforms in the Sint Michiel’s Bay. Not drilling for oil, but often hiding out to wait for the next job in the Gulf of Mexico. They hide out here because Curacao is outside of the “hurricane belt”, so they are much safer here.

Entrance Fee: free
No facilities

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Kokomo Beach

Kokomo Beach is one of the most well-known beaches on the island of Curaçao and offers a fantastic restaurant and a great sunset. The beach is also relatively close to the city center. This beach club regularly organizes happy hours and events. In the past, they even had their own ‘Kokomo Full Moon’ parties. Kokomo Beach also has a wonderful dive site with lots of corals and fish. The experienced diver can also dive deeper to find old car wrecks in the depths, on the left side of the bay covered in coral and colorful sea life. Don’t forget to take a picture with the famous Instagrammable Kokomo Beach Swing 😉.

Entrance Fee: free (consumption mandatory)
Beach chairs: Naf 7,50
All facilities

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Parasasa Beach

This public beach in Piscadera is visited by many locals and has some palapas that provide shade and great blue water. In the evening, many people exercise here, and it is located right next to the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort. Tip: bring water shoes.

Entrance fee: Free
Minor facilities

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Pirate Bay

Pirate Bay is a very calm beach that has full service on the beach. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and amazing sunsets. At the end of the day, you can order a pizza from the neighbor restaurant “Tomatoes” or you can head over to the famous “ De Visserij” where you can eat delicious fresh fish with a local twist on fries; “Funchi fries”. If you want to add a little extra fun to your beach day, you can rent a yellow underwater scooter from Aquafari.

Entrance fee: Naf 3,75 for adults and Naf 1,75 for kids
Beach chairs: Naf 5

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Jan Thiel Beach

One of the most well-known beaches among tourists and locals is Jan Thiel Beach. Jan Thiel Beach includes numerous beach bars and restaurants, counting Koko´s, Tinto, Zanzibar (with the famous happy hour every Saturday), Zest, and Papagayo. There are several resorts within walking distance, as well as a gym, a supermarket, a sushi restaurant, an ice cream parlor, clothing stores, a casino, and a diving school. The slogan does not lie: “A world on the beach”. However, if you are looking for more raw nature this might not be the beach for you as it is one of the most developed beaches in Curacao. But even then, this beach is worth a visit. Especially on Saturdays, there is a great atmosphere.

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Caracasbaai

One of the best known “local” beaches is Caracasbaai, near Jan Thiel. Many families come here and have barbeques, especially during sunset hours. It is not your typical white sand beach, but it offers a different kind of atmosphere that is very enjoyable.

Entrance fee: free

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Marie Pampoen

Not your typical white sanded beach, but this small, cozy fishing beach with little fishing boats invites you to relax. For divers there is an artificially created reef of cars with the name “Carpile”. The old wrecks are up to 60m deep. You will also find great hotels and a casino, as well as a popular local restaurant “Seaside Terrace”.

Entrance fee: free

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Tugboat

At a depth of about 2 meters in the middle of a colorful reef, there is a small tugboat that was purposely sunk there. Overgrown with beautiful corals, many fish have made the tugboat their habitat. Since many people have been taking pieces of bread with them and feeding the fish for years, you are surrounded by colorful schools of fish. This makes Tugboat a great snorkeling spot. The tugboat is about a 4 minutes swim from the beach. On the way there you can see a colorful underwater world. Sometimes large ships dock at the pier, which can also be very impressive. But don’t worry, they do not leave suddenly. There is a diving school on the beach where you can find information on diving and snorkeling.

Entrance fee: free
Some facilities

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Santa Barbara Beach

This slice of paradise with its crystal-clear water and soft white sand belongs to the luxurious Santa Barbara Resort and invites you to linger. The beach is one of the few sandy beaches on the island of Curaçao, which makes it very accessible for families with (small) children. It also has a floating pier, where many boats dock and people hang out and play music.

Entry: FL. 25.00 per car. You get a voucher that you can redeem in the resort and at Restaurant Boca 19 (on the right side of the beach).

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Director’s Bay

Formerly reserved for the management of a local company, Director’s Bay is now open to the public and is never really crowded. It is a very rocky beach so do not expect a white sandy beach. Come along and see the tropical little paradise for yourself. This beach is also popular for divers as there is a great way to swim along a very steep underwater wall of coral. This is unique in Curacao.

Entrance fee: free
No facilities

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Playa Hundu

Playa Hundu is a small secluded beach made up of sand and coral. Approx. 10 minutes by car from Soto. Beyond the Groot Santa Marta Country house, you reach a forest with large trees. A narrow sandy road leads from the parking lot to “Deep Beach”. Tip: it’s best to pack your cool box.

Entrance fee: free
No facilities

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Boka Santu Pretu

The “different from the others” beach on Curacao! Santa Pretu means “black sand” and is therefore truly unique on Curacao. The access road to this beach is closed, but fortunately, there are two other ways to get to the beach – either by foot or boat. It is not a typical beach for sunbathing and relaxing, as there are a lot of stones, rocks, and corals. However, it is ideal for snorkeling, because here you find many unique fishes that you generally do not see at the other beaches because of the shallow water. The perfect spot for snorkeling in privacy.

Entrance fee: free
No facilities

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Playa Santa Cruz

If you love hiking, Playa Santa Cruz is perfect for you. Playa Santa Cruz has a 30-minute hiking trail that takes you to Playa Santu Pretu and the Blue Room. A nice beach, worthy of your time. In addition, many locals come to the beach on the weekends and even go camping during the holidays. Playa Santa Cruz is also known because of Captain Goodlife. You can book a spot on his boat and he will take you to one of the most beautiful dive sites; Mushroom Forrest. He will also take you to the famous “Blue Room”, a cave where you can swim into and it creates this mesmerizing blue reflection. Kayaks are also available for rent to get to the Blue Room.

Entrance fee: free
Some facilities

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Sint Jorisbaai

Bring food and watch the windsurfers go or go windsurf yourself! Sint Joris Bay Windsurfing is just around the corner. Not necessarily the most beautiful beach (or actually inland waterway)but great for windsurfing and it has great hiking trails.

Entrance fee: free
No facilities

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Mambo Beach Boulevard

The beach where you can find everything: beach, shopping, food, and entertainment. Choose from a variety of restaurants where you want to eat and spend the day – there is always something going on! Mambo used to be known as THE hotspot, today the entire boulevard is named after it. The most famous beach on the island! Here you will find various hotels such as the Kontiki Beach Resort, the Bon Bini Seaside Resort, and the Lionsdive Beach Resort. There is a (laid out) sandy beach with various beach clubs; Madero Ocean Club, Cabana Beach, Bonita, and Chill. Where you can order food right from your lounge chairs on the beach. From the boulevard you can also go to Curacao Sea Aquarium Park, where you can explore sea life and swim with Dolphins. The roots of DolfijnGO.com; also lie here; the well-known radio station Dolfijn FM has its studio on the beach here and is worth a visit.

Entrance fee: Naf 6.50 pp
Beach chair: Naf 6,- pp

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