Activities & Sports
Active travellers can choose from many activities to fill their days, like horseback riding, hiking, cycling, mountain biking or tennis
. And one is sure find all the water sports facilities right at their finger tips, whether it be swimming, sailing, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing
or any other water activity.
will rejoice at the Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort, an 18-hole championship golf course and at the Curaçao Golf & Squash Club, a 9-hole course.
Curaçao's underwater world is famous worldwide amongst diving and snorkelling
enthusiasts, with its 40 different dive areas swarming with many species of coral and fish. Popuplar sites include: the Airplane Wreck
, which identifies the site of the remains of an airplane; Basora
, with its elegant Chinese pagoda shapes perched on the wall as you dive into the depths; Black Rock / Piedra Pretu
is a spectacular wall dive with a lush shallow terrace and a steep, deep wall, which drops to about 37 m.; Double Reef & Superior Producer Wreck
, one of the finest wrecks in the Caribbean since it is positioned upright, with her wheelhouse at 24m; and the Oswaldo's Drop Off and Car Pile
is the most unique traffic jam you are ever likely to see with cars and trucks dating back to the 1940s piled on the wall.
Christoffel National Park: You may spot a few Arawak paintings if you go for a walk along the coral cliff, near the cave of Boca Tabla.
The Hato Caves has incredible stalagmites and stalactites, some mirrored in an underground lake. Also on display are ancient Indian petroglyph. Many rooms can be found in this cave system, the largest being called "La Ventana".
The National Archaeological Anthropological Museum exhibits archaeological artefacts, as well as ethnographic objects from the late 19th century to the present.
Attractions & Sights
The capital city of Willemstad
was recently added to the UNESCO world heritage list. It is truly a beautiful city with tones of historical sites. The best way to see first is by taking the 1 1/4-hour trolley tour
, which will introduces you to its highlights. Here is a brief description of some of the most visited places:
You will find eight different forts that once served to protect the city. Two examples are the Fort Amsterdam and the Fort Nassau
Early Jewish settlers founded the Mikvé Israel-Synagogue
, the oldest still operating synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. Here lies also the oldest Jewish burial ground in the Americas, the Beit Hayim cemetery
, and the fascinating Jewish Cultural Historical Museum
is housed in two buildings dating from 1728. They were originally the rabbi's residence and the bathhouse.
The Curaçao Museum
was originally a military quarantine hospital. The restored building now house paintings, art and furniture crafted in the 19th century by local cabinetmakers.
The Maritime Museum
has more than 40 permanent displays that trace the story of Curaçao. Antique miniatures, 17th-century ship models and a collection of maps can also be admired.
The Kurá Hulanda Museum
is devoted to the history and culture of Africa. It is one of the best museums of this kind in the world. It is filled with interesting exhibits and a life-size reconstruction of a slave ship that once sailed from the Ivory Coast.
The Curaçao Sea Aquarium
is best known for its Sea lion training session but you can also see more than 400 species of fish, crabs, anemones, sponges, and coral on display in a natural environment.
are alive with action in the evenings. Popular ones are the Emerald Casino, the Holiday Beach Hotel and Casino, the Plaza Hotel and Casino, and Breezes Curaçao Resort Casino.
The neighbourhood of Salinja is home to the best discotheques and bars
on the island. Among the best of them are Blues, Club Façade and Ole! Ole!
For a different experience spend an evening on the pontoon boat, Mi Dushi
. This floating club has a dance floor, three bars and a full barbecue.
Take a Kunuku Tour
. Hundreds of wooden and stone-built former slave houses can be visited with a local guide. Step inside historical buildings where you will meet the local inhabitants and experience their culture and way of life.
There are still close to a hundred landhuizen
, or plantation houses, standing on the island. Prime examples are the Landhuis Davelaar, Landhuis Ascencion, Landhuis Zeelandia, Landhuis Brakkeput. Some are open for visitations.
A Jeep Safari
is great way to discover the beautiful and rugged Curaçao countryside. You will be taken along narrow tracks past grand estates, mansions, caves, flamingos and huge fields of cactus.
The Curaçao Ostrich and Game Farm
is one of the biggest farms outside Africa of its kind. See how an ostrich develops from an egg to the biggest bird in the world.