Curacao Travel Blog
Curaçao is a pretty damn beautiful little island with some great beaches and mesmerizing water. Curaçao is a territory of the Netherlands located in the southern Caribbean about 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela. It neighbors Aruba and Bonaire, and together the 3 islands are called the ABC islands. Curaçao along with Bonaire have some of the best snorkeling and diving in all of the Caribbean. We had just gotten our PADI Open Water Scuba Certification and were eager to get into the water and put it to use! Explore the best beaches in Curacao with us along with some other great attractions!
When to Go – I’d recommend May-November! Curaçao is located in the Southern Caribbean and rarely ever gets hurricanes. The weather is pretty constant all year and relatively dry with temps in the mid to upper 80s. December-April is the peak season for tourists – we don’t particularly care for other tourists so we went during the off season ?.
Getting around – Curaçao is a pretty tiny island. We rented a car as the roads are mainly flat and fairly easy to navigate (although not in the best of condition). Taxis are another option that are generally not too expensive but may be hard to come by outside of the main tourist spots.
Where to stay – Hotels here are fairly cheap with many under $100/night. Since my family came with us on this trip we decided to rent a private villa. VRBO rentals are available but usually more high end. However, villas are a great option are splitting the cost with family or friends traveling with you. I want to say ours was around $350/night with 3 bedrooms, full kitchen, insane views (pic below), and complete luxury. Since we split the cost with my mom and sister, it came out to about $100 per person per night. Not too shabby!
Best Beaches in Curacao & Attractions
First off, Go snorkeling or diving – You can’t miss the snorkeling and diving here as it’s fantastic. Probably the best in the Caribbean (aside from Bonaire). There are a multitude of tour boats that will take you out snorkeling or diving. We went with a dive group out to a reef called Mushroom Forest. It was incredible; coral heads bigger than cars, eels, and we saw a nurse shark too! How cool is that?!
Kenepa Beach – Large beautiful beach. One of the most popular beaches on the island. However the snorkeling is relatively poor here. Not my favorite but great for a lazy beach day though!
Klien Knip – Small secluded beach. We got lost trying to find Kenepa beach, and accidentally stumbled upon this one. We’re so glad we did because we enjoyed this beach much, much more. Still not great for snorkeling, but AWESOME for photos and you might see a sea turtle or two.
Playa Cas Abou – This is an excellent beach for snorkeling. When you arrive at the beach go to the left side and snorkel the rock wall. I saw more eels than I could count plus some juvenille squid and beautiful coral. Water visibility here is excellent.
Playa Porto Marie – This is a popular beach with some decent snorkeling right in front. Also has a nice floating dock you can jump off of. Small restaurant on the beach with some great refreshments and drinks. I completely destroyed my iPhone here because I saw a large pod of dolphins (100+) just off the beach, so naturally I had to swim out and meet them. I was out swimming for 2 hours before I realized my phone was in my pocket the whole time ?!
Klein Curacao– Means “little Curacao”. You can take a boat ride out to this small, uninhabited island. We rode on the catamaran pictured above. It can be a choppy ride but it is worth it. Great place to swim with sea turtles. The beach there is absolutely perfect. Bring LOTS of Sunscreen because there is no shade!!
Mount Christoffel – Be sure to check this out when you’re all beached out. Its the highest point on Curacao, and its not the easiest hike either. Make sure you’re more prepared than we were with plenty of water and good shoes.
And more – Explore the national park, caves, and explore the city center that has a good deal of European influence. On Saturday mornings, theres a floating market that sells fruits and goods from South America.