Curaçao: A Quick Guide for a Perfect Caribbean Getaway

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Curaçao is one of three Dutch Islands that are located in the southern Caribbean Sea. This is a perfect destination to visit all year round because, since Curaçao is outside the hurricane belt, your days on this island will be filled with plenty of sunshine, swimming in turquoise waters, and exploring the remainder of the Dutch colonial architecture. The activities on the island include swimming, snorkeling, and relaxation. If you are planning a trip to this incredible Caribbean destination, read on to find a miniguide to visit Curaçao.

 

Practical Information

Currency: the currency of Curaçao is the Netherlands Antillean guilder, but American Dollars, as well as international credit cards, are widely accepted.

Visa: Americans and most EU residents don’t need visas to enter Curaçao for up to 90 days. Make sure to check the latest requirements before planning your trip.

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Getting around: the best way to get around Curaçao and visit its beaches is by car. Rent a car before or as soon as you arrive at the airport, as public transportation on the island is very limited.

Curaçao Travel Restrictions: Currently, travelers planning on visiting Curaçao must fill a digital immigration card, digitally fill out the Passenger Locator Card (PLC) 48 hours prior to departure and have it printed with you, show a negative result from a certified COVID-19 PCR-test and carry a printed document of proof, and undergo 3rd day on-island Antigen test. Click here for more information.

 

Where to Stay in Curaçao

Curaçao has a great offer of hotels, including boutique hotels and luxury ones. I stayed in 2 different hotels during my 7-day trip to the island to be able to explore and have the best time on the island.

The best hotels to stay in Curaçao are:

Papagayo Beach Resort

Baoase Luxury Resort

Curacao Avila Beach Hotel

Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino

Hotel-Pool-Curacao

 

Best Time to Visit

Curaçao is one of the few Caribbean Islands that aren’t in the hurricane belt, making it the perfect destination to be visited year-round. However, the best time to visit Curaçao is from May to November, during the off-peak season.

 

Top Beaches to Visit in Curaçao

If you are planning on visiting Curaçao, of course, you are going to visit its pristine beaches and be fascinated by its blue and infinite ocean. Here are some favorites:

Kenepa Beach

Kenepa Beach is made up of 2 beaches – Kenepa Grandi and Kenepa Chiki (big and small, respectively). They are both free, but I’d recommend going to Kenepa Grandi for its turquoise water and the white fluffy beach. Here it’s a great place for snorkeling and swimming, and you will also find an overlook point that offers a great view of the ocean – a perfect spot for pictures.

This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Curaçao and, because it’s free, it’s better to go on a weekday. Also, you also won’t find a lot of infrastructure in Kenepa Grandi, so it’s wise to bring water and snacks for the day.

Kenepa-Grandi-Beach-Cucacao

 

Cas Abao Beach

Cas Abao is a paid beach in Curaçao that offers plenty of crystal-clear water, white sand beach, and some gazebos for a relaxed day.

It’s the best of the paid beaches in Curaçao, with its rock formation on each side of the beach that provides the perfect setting during sunset – the most remarkable on the island. In Cas Abao you’ll also find a raft for sunbathing and playing that is moored off the beach.

The beach opens daily from 8 am-6 pm and has a bar, restaurant, and shower.

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Port Mari

Porto Mari Beach is another paid beach that is great for swimming, snorkeling, or just spending the day. Here you’ll find a floating deck in the middle of the ocean that is the perfect spot to see the little fishes in the ocean.

Playa Porto Mari is open daily from 9.30 am and 6.30 pm. It has a bar and a restaurant.

Port-Mari-Beach-Curacao

 

Klein Curaçao

Klein Curaçao is an uninhabited island 2 hours off the coast of Curaçao. You can visit the island on a day trip to see its long soft white sand beach and the most vivid and bluest ocean shade you’ll see while in Curaçao and probably in the whole Caribbean.

Klein Curaçao is reachable by boat with either dive operators or charter boat companies – like Irie Tours or Mermaid (we went with Bounty, which is now known as Irie). Since it’s a full-day trip, the companies usually offer lunch, snacks, and refreshments.

It’s good to know that there’s little shade on the island, so make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat.

Klein-Curacao-Island-day-trip

 

Other Things to Do in Curaçao

While in Curaçao, save some time to visit Punda and Otrobanda to check out the rainbow-colored buildings of the Dutch colonial past.

Also, while on the island, see the pretty flamingos of Curaçao – you can find them at the Salinas on your way to Port Mari.

Punda-and-Otrobanda-colorful-buildings-Curacao

 

Where to Eat in Curaçao

Tinto – book a table on the patio with a sea view

Zest

Baoase – for a fantastic romantic dinner

Restaurant Nultwintig

Wine Cellar

Gouverneur de Rouville

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