Curacao makes up the C, in the ABC islands, amongst Aruba and Bonaire, and is the largest of the three. With a Dutch influence, you’ll quickly feel as if you’re in a European country with a Caribbean climate.
Curacao boasts all the beauty of the Caribbean, with beautiful beaches and a flare of Europe amongst its architecture. Given that Curacao is 444 square kilometres, its easily navigable by car and you can travel to most places on the island in an hour. From beaches, to hikes and wildlife, Curacao offers its visitors a number of attractions to keep them busy during their stay.
The following are some of my favourite activities to do while on the island.
The beaches in Curacao are extremely beautiful! You won’t find long stretches of white sand, but you’ll discover coves formed around the rugged landscape. The only downfall with some of the beaches in Curacao, is that they are privately owned, meaning you have to pay to visit them. Keep your eye out for free beaches, there are some around the island. We spent many of our days roaming the island, lounging on the many incredible beaches and swimming in the crystal clear waters.
Willemstad, the capital city of Curacao hosts a number of beautiful sites. While in Willemstad, be sure not to miss the beautifully coloured buildings, floating market, the harbour and Queen Emma Bridge. In Willemstad, you’ll also find many great restaurants, shopping and nightlife.
On your way to one of the many amazing beaches, stop and look at the flamingos. The flamingos tend to gather in a lagoon near Sint Willibrordus and are visible from the road. As the flamingos are wild, the lagoon can be plentiful or quiet, depending on what the flamingos are up to at the time.
Snorkelling is very popular on the island. There wasn’t a day that we didn’t see the beaches filled with snorkelling gear and excited swimmers exploring the magnificent aquatic life. The water is so crystal clear, that often, just standing and looking in the water is incredible. To save some cash, pack your own snorkel gear and enjoy the beautiful waters.
Ostriches aren’t native to Curacao, but at the Ostrich Farm, you will find a variety of different birds. The farm offers daily safaris throughout the grounds, to view the ostriches. The journey around the farm is quite quick, but stops and allows you to feed the incredible birds. The Ostrich farm is also home to a large cafe, a few other animals and lots of birds.
Klein Curacao, translates into Small Curacao and can be found about 25 kilometres off the coast of Curacao. The island is uninhabited and is a proper island getaway, with white sand and turquoise water. To reach Klein Curacao you will need to either charter a boat or join a tour group. This island is truly is a small, untouched piece of paradise.
Christoffel National Park
Christoffel National Park is home to Mount Christoffel, the highest point on the island and a variety of other hiking trails. The trail leading to the top of Mount Christoffel starts off smoothly and gradually gets steeper and slightly difficult to manage in places, but completely climbable. The views from the top of the mountain and around the park are lovely, making for a nice day out.
Between the wide selection of beaches, rugged nature and amazing architecture, you’ll be sure to find something on the island that sparks your interest!
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