Beaches & Diving
Each of Curaçao’s beaches offers something special. There are both public and private beaches, ranging from intimate rocky coves to long strands bustling with activity. Almost all of the swimming beaches are scattered along the sheltered southwestern coast, where the waters are generally calm and crystal clear. The northern coast, with its powerful surf and strong undertow, is not suitable for swimming, but for the die-hard (wind)surfing fanatics. Either way, you’ll enjoy exploring our coastline trying to decide which is your favorite.
A sunny reminder
Beware of the tropical sun, especially between 10 am and 3 pm. Because of the constant trade winds, beach temperatures can be very comfortable. But be warned: the sun here is very strong, and a good sunblock is a must during the day, especially if you plan on taking a swim. Wear a hat, sunglasses and a light weight cover-up when you're not in the water.
Kenepa or Knip, Great Knip (Groot Knip) and Little Knip (Klein Knip). Locals flock to these two beaches on weekends, making them very busy, full of life and activity. Groot Knip has several shade pergolas set back from the water and a large snack bar. The view from above this beach is right out of a postcard.
Here you'll find pleasantly different coarse brown sand and tiny smooth pebbles but almost no shade. Be sure to visit the restaurant overlooking the sea for delicious krioyo food.
This small cove is popular for snorkeling and diving, and is located down steep stone steps from the parking area. Halfway between the parking area and the beach it has a shaded terrace.
The water is very calm and shallow near shore, with excellent snorkeling. Ample shade is provided by large shade structures and manchineel trees. Playa Lugun is also one of the best locations on the island for an underwater encounter with a sea turtle.
Playa PortoMari is a beautiful sandy bay to be found on the private estate of Plantages "PortoMari" on the west coast. Its white coral sand beach, with clear and calm water, is a true paradise for water lovers, and the unique "double" reef is easily accessible from the shore providing a fascinating snorkel and dive site.
The beach is made of coarse sand and pebbles and is popular for snorkeling and diving because it’s part of an underwater park. Cars park right on the narrow beach strip; there are several little restaurants next to the road. Very popular with the island residents, the party can go on until the wee hours of the night.
Part of the Culinary Beach, Jan Thiel, Zanzibar and the surrounding resorts offer you everything you can imagine. Lounge on the cement quays beside the large open bay, which has excellent diving and snorkeling. And of course delicious dining right on the beach.
For the adventurous at heart, this fisherman’s cove is known for its seafood restaurant and huge waves. Ride the waves if you dare.
This beach combines a natural country setting with all the conveniences of a full service beach. The snorkeling and diving are great. Shade is provided by some pergolas (these go quickly on weekends) and a few trees. Rentals include beach chairs, paddleboats, and snorkel and diving gear.
Visit this narrow, picturesque cove late in the day, perhaps lingering to watch the sun set, when you can fully appreciate the exceptionally clear waters without minding the lack of shade.
Playas Kenepa, also known as Kenepa Beaches or Knip Beach are among the most popular beaches on the island of Curaçao. There are two beaches bearing the name
Under the sea
If you're never snorkeled or dived, now may be good time to learn. At the very least put on a mask to get a glimpse of the wonders just below the surface. It is recommended that you snorkel with a buddy (standard practice for divers); stay close to shore and make sure your snorkel has a bright band. Watch for motorized water scooters that sometimes come close to shore.
To protect the fragile reef and yourself, do no touch anything; take only photographs, leave only bubbles. You'll never see a shark. A brush against fire coral can give a nasty sting, as can a rare encounter with a jellyfish. Wear shoes when exploring insolated coral beaches. If you step on a sea urchin washing the wound with an acid liquid is the best remedy; if you don't have any vinegar at hand, try urine!
Banda Ariba Beaches
Banda Abou Beaches
Klein Curaçao is an uninhabited island two hours off the coast of Curaçao.
A trip to Little Curaçao is ideal for sun-worshipers. The island is home to Curacao's longest and whitest beach. The shore is covered in soft white sand and the water is crystal clear. One warning there is little shade on the island so bring enough sunscreen
Klein Curaçao is also a beautiful diving-spot plus it is fairly easy to spot sea turtles when snorkeling.
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Sea Aquarium Beach
Now converted in The Boulevard, this long, bustling beach is popular with all ages, and great for people watching. Topless bathing is allowed.