Curaçao International Airport is painted a sunny yellow. During the season, Westjet runs Sunday weekly nonstop flights from Toronto’s Pearson Airport. JetBlue has Monday, Wednesday and Saturday flights from JFK New York City to Curaçao, and there are two daily direct flights from Miami to Curaçao with American Airlines. Generally tourists holding a valid passport may enter Curaçao without a written permit and remain with for a period of up to 90 days.
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How to get to Gay Curaçao & getting around the island’s neighbourhoods.
Gay Curaçao Districts
Curaçao Gay Friendly Venues
The Rainbow Lounge – Gay Traveling Happy Hour
- The Rainbow Lounge – Taking place on the last Friday of the month., Rainbow Lounge describes itself as a travelling Happy Hour concept, attracting an attitude-free, intergenerational mix of LGBTQ+ people and their friends. Enjoy several drinks and bite specials at the monthly changing location. Find yourself moving to whatever the DJ feels like spinning. The event has been hosted at the Floris Suite Hotel (now the renovated and renamed Dreams Curacao Resort) and the Landhuis Bona Vista.
Gay Friendly Venues
Socialising and nightlife tends to revolve around the beach clubs. Many host special parties and events throughout the week. Sunday’s are especially popular.
- Cabana Beach – Located near the Seaquarium Beach, the beach club is very gay friendly and hosts popular parties on Wed and Fri nights. There’s something for every taste and staff and fellow guests are friendly and open minded. Whether you’d like a carefree beach day, a delectable dinner, a chill movie night or simply go wild with your friends, at Cabana Beach, it’s all possible. Note the venue is cashless so bring a credit card.
- Wet & Wild Beach Club – Home to some of the most popular beach parties on the island, including Friday: Wild Wild Friday with free BBQ snacks from 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm (Party is until 2.00 am) Sunday the famous Happy Hour from 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm & 9.00 pm – 10.00 pm (Party is until 3.00 am).
- St Tropez Ocean Club – Famous ocean front bar, restaurant, sports bar and a beautiful infinity pool. Gay Friendly. Daily guest pass available. Hotel is exclusive with just 20 suites.
- Rendezvous bar at the Dreams Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino (formerly the Floris Suite, is also a popular meeting point.
- Papagayo Beach Club – one of the trendiest hotspots on Curaçao in Jan Thiel, with a sparkling infinity pool and an enticing white sandy shoreline. From sleek lounge areas to colorful chairs, there are plenty of spots to bask in the sun. Day passes are available.
Late Night Clubbing
- Club Vanilla – One of the busiest late night spots on the island. Host to some of the gay pride parties.
- Mambo Beach Club – The Boulevard has more of the ambiance of a beach party than that of a conventional shopping mall. It features some 50 restaurants, bars and stores, including souvenir retailers and boutiques selling swimwear. There’s even a nightclub with a schedule of live performances that keeps the energy going into the afternoon and evening.
Where to dine in Curaçao, Gay Friendly Restaurants
Curacao cuisine celebrates the island’s history with a unique blend of Dutch and Caribbean inspired dishes. Seafood is the main staple in Curacao, and there’s no shortage of fresh seafood caught daily around the island.
Breakfast & Lunch
- BijBlauw – If you are looking for a breakfast to remember, head to BijBlauw boutique hotel and take their ‘Breakfast for 2’ , a total fest.
- Hofi Cas Cora – Hidden in Willemstad lies Hofi Cas Cora; a restaurant overlooking a big plantation where all the ingredients are grown. They also have a small farm. Fresh and local ingredients from farm to your table.
- Number Ten – great coffee (also for take out), and the best lunch you can imagine, a hotspot in Landhuis Bloemhof. Open weekdays, reservations recommended.
Beach Club Dining
- Karakter – Daytime Karakter is a perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing beach day with lounge chairs, cushions and a lot of shade. You can choose to have your breakfast and lunch in the comfort of your own lounge chair. During the night, the venue transforms into a cozy fine dining restaurant where you can enjoy culinary delights and beautiful sunsets.
- Zanzibar – a tropical restaurant situated on Jan Thiel, the busiest beach on Curaçao. Lazy Sundays at Zanzibar are always jam-packed and there’s oodles of eye candy to take in. Pizza lover? Zanzibar is famous for its delicious pizzas. The pizzas are baked in the traditional stone oven with their own signature taste.
- Mood Beach Curacao – part of the Kontiki Beach Resort. Combine a beach day with a long lunch by the sea. This luxurious beach restaurant does everything it can to make you feel comfortable. From the beautiful location oceanside, to the fresh food on your plate. The seafood platter for two is worth a try with fresh lobster, oysters, crab and shrimps.
- Fort Nassau – situated high upon a hill offering a beautiful 360º view over the city of Willemstad. A sea of lights stretches across the horizon at night offering the most spectacular view. The menu offers a delicious mix of meat and fish options. The historical character of the 18th century fort, the modern interior and the stunning view and tasty food, all make your visit worthwhile.
- Kome – located in the Pietermaai District. Kome is the Papiamentu word for “Eat”. And at Kome on Curacao they really know how to let you enjoy your dinner to the max. Their tapas night is also definitely worth a try, not to mention the cocktails.
- Omundo – Centrally located in the former plantation house Zuikertuintje, this trendy restaurant has quickly won the hearts of many locals. Enjoy a cocktail in the lounge area before feasting on smaller or larger bites of international dishes.
- Hemingway – Enjoy four seaside covered and open air areas offering a typical Caribbean atmosphere. Enjoy the stunning ocean and beach view. Don’t worry about what to wear, just sit back and relax and enjoy the tasty food. The menu is internationally oriented and offers dishes to everyone’s taste.
- Willemstad’s Old Market (Plasa Bieu) – Experience a taste of local culture and cuisine. Several chefs specialize in a variety of dishes at individual food stalls. They have six different restaurants with unique menus that change daily.
- A definite must-do when visiting Curaçao is to stop by a ‘trùk di pan’ (=food truck) at night to try the ‘pan ku stobá’ (=a sandwich filled with stewed beef) or any of the other meals on the menu.
Gay Friendly Beaches in Curaçao
The best way to see all the beaches is to organise a private beach tour with a local guide. During your Private Trip we will provide a customised Relaxed Beach Hopping Tour based on all your needs and interests. Each trip is completely tailored to your choice of beaches. We recommend the following beaches.
- Cas Abao Beach- about 20 miles northwest of Willemstad, near the town Fontein. The beach is only accessible by car, and there is a parking lot on site. The white-sand beach is surrounded by cliffs and lush greenery, and shaded by thatched palapas. The beach bar and restaurant are highly recommended as well as the full body massage. The beach is quite secure thanks to the USD 10 to access the road to get there.
- Playa PortoMari – Near the town of St. Willibrordus – a 20-mile drive northwest of Willemstad. The beach features a beach bar and restaurant that serves up enough Indonesian satays and Dutch kroketten. Its rehabilitated double reef and on-site snorkel rentals make this beach a fun spot for undersea exploration. The beach gets busy, so arrive early.
- Blauwbaai (Blue Bay) – Less than 10 miles northwest of Willemstad sits Blauwbaai, one of Curaçao’s most beloved beaches thanks to its an impressive coral reef, which is easily accessible from the beach. Go for the snorkeling and head on to the other beaches for lunch.
- Mambo Beach – Also known as Seaquarium Beach, just 4 miles south of Willemstad, Mambo Beach features the bright white sands, crystal blue calm waters, and all the cocktails you could want for an afternoon of fun by the sea. The area also offers a boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and many bars, which become particularly lively on Sunday nights.
A Unique Beach Escape
- Klein Beach – Klein Curaçao is about fifteen miles south of Curaçao. It’s totally uninhabited and the beach to end all beaches. Take an early boat and pack light (you’ll have to swim to shore). When you arrive you’ll see it’s worth the trip. Check out the lighthouse and shipwreck. Worth the day trip. Fantastic snorkeling and great sand.
Things to see and do in Gay Curaçao
Discover the beautiful capital
- Explore Historic Willemstad – A UNESCO World Heritage site, its oldest and most famous architectural strip is a saltwater-taffy-colored row of buildings along Handelskade Street, in the Punda neighborhood.
- Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge – The best vantage point from which to view it is on the Queen Emma Bridge, which locals affectionately call the “Swinging Old Lady.” Built in 1888, it’s supported by 16 pontoon boats that allow the bridge to swing open and give ships access to the city’s port.
Stunning National Parks
- Explore Christoffel National Park – Three plantations on the northern tip of the island are home to indigenous flora and fauna, such as barn owls, white-tailed deer and hundreds of plants, including wild orchids. You can take a scenic drive through the park , go hiking or mountain biking or take a Jeep Safari to experience Christoffel’s rugged landscape. Don’t miss the view from the top of Christoffel Mountain. The park is located about 25 miles northwest of Willemstad.
- Shete Boka National Park – Just north of Christoffel National Park you will find Shete Boka National Park sprawls across more than 6 miles of Curacao’s north coast. It’s home to 10 pocket bays where various species of sea turtles are known to lay eggs. Hot spots within the park include Boka Tabla, which sees massive waves crashing into an underground cavern, and Boka Pistol, which offers panoramic views from limestone hills.
Museums & Culture
- Kurá Hulanda Museum – Located in the home of a 19th-century merchant and slave owner, the Kurá Hulanda Museum traces the history of the African slave trade on Curaçao. It is an eye opening experience giving people a history lesson that should not be forgotten.
- Visit the the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue – A bright-yellow synagogue dating back to 1651, when 12 Sephardic Jewish families migrated to Curaçao from Amsterdam. The synagogue’s sand floor is also distinctive; it’s one of just five remaining sand-floor synagogues in the world (four can be found in the Caribbean). The museum is also home to a copy of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl that has been translated into Papiamentu. Organise a private tour of the island to include this amazing location.
Discover a fascinating world of delicate coral gardens, graceful stingrays, playful dolphins and even sunken ships in the depths of the Caribbean. If you’ve come to dive or snorkel, you’ll enjoy good visibility throughout the year. Because the island is located outside the hurricane belt, its marine life is unaffected by seasonal changes.
Many of Curaçao’s specified dive sites are accessible directly from the beach – try Porto Mari or Blauwbaai – while others must be reached by boat. The enormous star coral formations of the Mushroom Forest are a must-see; afterward, you can take a breather in the sapphire light of the nearby Blue Room cave. You can also explore the coral-encrusted remains of the Superior Producer, a cargo freighter that went down in 1977.
Snorkeling in Playa Lagun
Located in a narrow cove, the calm waters at Playa Lagun are perfect for snorkelers of any skill level, and there are facilities to rent snorkel and scuba gear. Recent travelers lauded the beach for its crystal clear waters and beautiful coral reef, with many saying they spotted colorful fish, schools of squid, sea turtles and more while snorkeling. For the best chance at spotting turtles, visit in the morning. Take a 2 hour high speed boat and snorkel tour and experience the best of the island.
Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao)
A largely uninhabited island about 15 miles off the southeast coast of Curaçao, Klein Curaçao is the ideal day trip for snorkelers, scuba divers and sun-worshippers. The trip is often an all-day affair – the boat trip itself takes about two hours each way. Tour times and prices vary by provider. The ride can be a choppy affair, but worth it.