This article will give you an insight about choosing the best place for your vacation and pleasure in Curacao. Curacao is a beautiful island with amazing places that will make a footprint in your memory for a long time. If you have decided to spend some time in Curaçao and you need an idea of places that will make your day bright, this list of top 10 places to visit in Curaçao has got you covered.
List of Amazing Places to Visit in Curacao
By the end of this list, you will have no stress in choosing a place to enjoy your stay on this beautiful island.
1. The Mambo Beach
The Mambo Beach in Curaçao is one of the amazing places you should visit either as a tourist or on vacation or maybe you are just in Curaçao for business. Although Curaçao is such a place you don’t need to go far to find a beach, however, if you are seeking for a 100% pleasurable and convenient environment to have fun, you should look no further than Mambo Beach.
This Beach is a man-made beach which is located about 4 miles east of Willemstad. There are no boring moments because the Mambo Beach was created to give you the best experience. The bright white sands, the crystal blue water, a sand volleyball court, and the piña colads are all experiences and memories you will never forget.
The Lions Dive is located at the east side of the beach and it is more comfortable and relaxed. You can lay freely between the palm trees and you don’t have to sit in rows. Keep in mind that non-Lions Dive guest must pay for the sunbeds and beach chairs.
The Mambo Beach made available boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants, and many bars, which become very lively on Sunday nights. This area is also convenient for kids; Seaquarium Beach’s breakwater keeps the tides calm, even on days with rough surf.
The Mambo Beach in Curaçao is a little bit expensive but the experience and the fun is worth the money.
2. Klein Curacao
Klein Curaçao a well-known island in Curacao, which gained an attraction to the world through its renown lighthouse (which is the only structure on the island) as well as its aesthetic spot like its coral and underwater caves. Also on this island located a lovely beach house and huts most especially for fishermen.
Klein Curaçao is located at the south-east of Curaçao in the Caribbean sea. The island was formally used to bury sick slaves, the slaves were African brought by the dutch west India company to Curacao, but the sick ones were carried to quarantine at Klein Curacao. Those who died in the situation are buried in Klein Curacao. In south Klein Curacao, there are lots of graves. From 1871 to 1886 phosphate were mined from this island by an English mining engineer John Godden.
If you are longing for a historical place or a site of hurricane disasters, klein curacao is a place o choice. The island is often affected by a hurricane like that of 1887 which destroyed the first lighthouse.
3. Hato Caves
Caves has been one of an archeologic site to reference history and culture of a particular society. If you are seeking for a cave site too “Hato caves” located on the Northern part of Willemstad, Roosevelt Weg, Caribbean Island of Curaçao is also there as one of the most populous tourist attracted center.
It has been in existence since 1,500 years ago and occupied by the Amerindian Arawaks and Caiquetio Indians. If you like to explore on the history of the time 1,500 years ago and the links to hiding slaves on the Island, this particular cave will provide you with information. Things you can find inside this cave include The numerous petroglyphs, cave drawings that are attributed to these early occupants. Hato cave shows the link to how runaway slaves gather there for hideout before the abolish of Slave Trade.
There are guides to take you around the cave telling you stories, and pointing out the apocryphal and fanciful stories behind some of the stalactites and stalagmites. If you an African with the interest in history predominately the path to slavery experience in the Island, this cave will give you some link that will be also educative to you
4. Christoffel National Park
Do you want to visit one of the most attracted tourist park, most especially a national park? here is Christoffel Park. Situated at the north-western end of the of Curaçao surrounding Christoffelberg and run by the Carmabi Foundation (Caribbean Research and Management of Biodiversity). Its attraction has been gained through its possession of plantations and some cultural and historical element. For examples The fauna, flora and some sort of plantation commonly known as the three former plantations; the Plantage Savonet, the Plantage Zorgvlied and the Plantage Zevenbergen.
Christoffel Park has been a national park since 1978, covering 2000 hectares. If you want to see few notable fauna like the several species of bats, the white-tailed deer, subspecies of barn owl, and reptiles and insects and many more, This is that park you need to visit.
5. The Queen Emma Bridge
Across St. Anna Bay in Curacao is the popular Queen Emma bridge. It’s the route that brings the path of Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city, Willemstad together. The bridge enables the passage of oceangoing vessels, with it Total length of 167 m (548 feet) and 9.80 m (32 feet) Width. This amazing bridge was built in 1888 wes through a complete renovation in 1939, 1961, 1983-1986, and 2005-2006.
If you want to visit some of the amazing bridge in the world, you need to visit Queen Emma bridge. There you will experience how the bridge swings open while two ferries brings pedestrians across the water. The bridge was nickname “swinging old lady” because it swing to the Otrabanda side of Willemstad. This bridge is best for good tourism with it structure and beauty that attract people predominantly. Try to make a tour on this bridge too and you will experience the beauty of Curaçao.
6. Kurá Hulanda Museum
Are you a sociologist whose interest is in cultural heritage? Curacao is a place for you to learn more about the multiculturalism. This is made possible with the provision of the “Kurá Hulanda Museum” (located in the city-center of Willemstad) by Jacob Gelt Dekker, a Dutch businessman, philanthropist, and writer. He founded the museum upon the permission of the Island Government of Curacao to renovate a neglectful quarter of the historic neighborhood of Otrobanda to a hotel and casino.
He founded the Kura Hulanda Museum, with 10 collections that emanates and describe the slave trade. You will learn things like how Africans and diverse cultural heritages penetrated into Curaçaoan and Caribbean society. The persuasive mobilization of the African slaves to the Americas and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade as a whole, tracing the event from slave capturing in Africa to their new world.
7. The Sephardic Congregation Mikvé Israel
There is a historical structure you may not want to miss in Curacao, which is the west oldest synagogue “The Sephardic Congregation Mikvé Israel” which means the Hope of Israel-Emanuel Synagogue in English ( people popularly refer to known as the Snoa) and was established in 1651. Its location is in Willemstad, Curaçao which consists of Spanish and Portuguese Jews that came from Netherlands and Brazil. It is not just the oldest but the oldest surviving synagogue in the Americas. The synagogue is a major tourist attraction in Curaçao. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her family visited it in 1992.
You can visit this synagogue to explore more on your tourism experience and learn about the Jewish culture from the attached “Jewish Historical Museum” with the collection of the amazing replicas of the artistic tombstones from Beit Chaim Bleinheim in Curaçao. You can actually find the oldest Jewish cemetery still in use in the Western Hemisphere there.
8. Mermaid Boats Trip At Klein Curacao
There are lists of the entertaining boat trip in Klein Curacao. The Adrenaline Tours Curacao, Mermaid Boat Trips, Miss Ann Boat Trips, and others. If you want to enjoy moments on the beach with a lively experience or you are the type that loves good hospitality on the boat, Klein Curacao boats offer you one of the best.
The little “mermaid boat trip” will wait at the Fishermen’s Pier from Tuesday to Sunday mornings at 6:45 am. On board, while sailing, the attendants will serve you coffee and tea. And from the distance, your eyes will come in contact with some beached shipwreck, and also the known lighthouse.
You will also enjoy life on the beach with a Mermaid boat trip as they provide a thatched beach house with a patio on Klein Curacao (a property privately owned by the company). The Chefs will serve you a buffet lunch at the house, with soft drinks, beer, and wine at the end.
9. Grote Knip Beach
Snorkeling is a beach where you can swim long and deep without fear. Here is another illuminating side in Curaçao where you can swim as well as a glance around the beautiful surroundings of Curaçao. Grote Knip also called “playa Abou” which mean “Beach in the valley” is a beach in Curaçao located at the western side between Westpunt and Laguna. The beach is renown to the Curacaoan’s as they sunbathe often there and as well as tourist visitation. Individuals can buy local dishes and drinks. The beach opens for free to the public but chairs are for rent. It’s also a good place to start snorkeling.
Grote knip has added more beauty to the Island with its curve of white, surrounded by low lying green hills. Which attained it the number 8th of the most idyllic stretches of shoreline on the planet. Things you can find on the beach from a higher ground view that makes it more beautiful includes, manzanilla trees framing a view of rugged cliffs. Also the white sand, and a tiny fisherman’s boat out in the water. So if you enjoy swimming or snorkeling on beaches or you just want to start swimming and snorkeling on a beach where coral reef is available, with a cozy environment, you should visit Grote Knip and see the beauty of Curaçao.
10. The Curacao Sea Aquarium
The site of Curaçao is one of the best you can enjoy your sea tourism on. Very educational and entertaining (especially if you can snork or swim) with its over 400 creatures. You need to visit here and experience the sea life and beauty of Curaçao. You also learn more about Dolphin in the “Dolphin Academy” where there will be guides to all your questions. It’s a world-famous sea Aquarium located at the southern part of Willemstad.
Here you will learn about the area’s complex marine ecology. 46 marine species tanks are shown, and how they are fed with a circulating salt water pumped from the ocean. These tanks represent different marine ecosystems like the mangroves and the seagrass beds, etc. Another interesting part of the tanks is the touch tank that contains with starfish, brittle stars, sea urchins, etc.
You will also learn more about the feeding of these creatures including sea turtles, stingrays, and sharks. You can watch how divers feed the marine life by hand. There are a lot of activities you can enjoy in Curacao such as the animal encounter dives, snorkeling with stingrays, and other colorful reef fish. The Curacao Sea Aquarium is also a place you can watch dolphin. This is provided for dolphin education for children and adults who are willing to sign up for the Dolphin Assistant Trainer course. So, come along to Curacao if you are ready to expand in your tourism adventure and learn more about the dolphin in their academy.