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.