Curacao is one of the most magnificent countries in the world.  Located in the southern Caribbean Sea north of the Venezuelan coast it consists of the main island as well as the uninhabited island of Klein Curaçao.  While there are so many terrific places to see in Curacao, the most famous and popular would, of course, be the many amazing beaches in Curacao. This beautiful island nation is the perfect place to go for that dream vacation or to spend an extended period of time.

Whether you want to spend that time lazing on the beach or scuba diving in some of the spectacular world-renowned waters or take part in any one of a myriad of water sports, you will have the time of your life.  Below is a short list of some of the best beaches in Curacao that you will want to check out.  You can find that perfect beach, whether you like the more secluded areas or the most popular and ritzy ones, there is something for everyone.

While most of the beaches in Curacao are spread out along the southwestern coast, where they are more sheltered and calm, there are many more throughout both islands.  Spend time exploring more than one and you will have a vacation that you will never forget.


1. Blue Bay Beach


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Blue Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Curacao. The amazingly soft white sand shoreline is loved by locals as well as tourists. It has many facilities including restaurants, a children’s playground, dive school, showers and toilets plus much much more.  There is a water sports center where you can rent equipment including kayaks, snorkeling and diving equipment, and boards of all types.Lessons and guides for anything you want to do are also readily available.  Swaying palm trees provide a lot of shade, and of course you will find lounge chairs and umbrellas there for your use.  This is one of the best Curacao beaches for families with children as the sea floor has a gentle slope to it so the kids are safe playing in the water.  There is also a man-made reef which blocks the higher waves, making the water very calm.For those tired parents, you can even get a massage right on the beach, sip on your favorite tropical drink and relax while watching the kids play in the water and sand.  It is undoubtedly the very best beach in Curacao for luxurious treatment and relaxation.


2. Boka St.Michiel


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Boka St.Michiel, which is also known as Boka Sami, is on the opposite end of the spectrum from Blue Bay for Curacao beaches. It is a small beach with little sand and no shade, but is a treasure to visit. It is a traditional fishing village, and you will see the many small fishing boats floating in the bay.  The waters are fantastic for swimming and snorkeling, and there is a pier from which you can jump into the beautiful water or try your hand at fishing from.There is a dive club on the pier which does have public restrooms and a restaurant.  For some unforgettable food though, you will want to try one of the restaurants in the village and sample their authentic seafood dishes!  After filling up on that, take a hike up the trail that takes off from near the beach.  This little gem is the perfect spot to enjoy a more quiet, secluded area and immerse yourself in the local fishing culture.  It is one of the best beaches in Curacao for relaxing and getting away from the crowds while still enjoying the sea.


3. Daaibooi Beach


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Daaibooi Beach is one of the best beaches in Curacao for snorkeling and scuba diving. As you get a little further out to sea, you will find an amazing reef filled with several types of sponges, star corals, pillar corals, brain corals, elkhorn corals, and gorgonians as well as lots of typical reef fish. There is a rocky ledge closer to shore as well as a small fisherman’s cove that are both great for snorkeling where you can also find a wide variety of marine life.Back on the beach, relax in the shade from the many palm trees as well as some man-made structures and enjoy some food and drinks from the vendors that are right there.  Or enjoy a great barbecue with your party while watching a magnificent sunset.  The beautiful landscape around the beach makes this one of the Curacao attractions you will want to be a part of.


4. Seaquarium Beach


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Seaquarium Beach is another one of the most popular Curacao beaches. It is the picture postcard type of beach with its sugary white sand and palm trees swaying in the breeze. There are several shops, food vendors and bars right there to keep you satisfied and relaxed all day.  Many times there are movies and concerts held right on the beach for all to enjoy.No matter what water sport you want to try, you will find facilities here that can provide you with the equipment you need to make your stay perfect.  Right next to the beach is one of the more famous Curacao attractions, the Seaquarium itself. This is definitely one of the best beaches in Curacao, especially for those with families.


5. Jeremi Beach


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Jeremi Beach is one of the beaches in Curacao where the sand is made of of finely crushed lava stone. It is such an unusual sand that you will want to check it out. It is set in a beautiful narrow cove and is not usually very crowded.  There are times when you may even be able to enjoy having this amazing place all to yourself.  The water here is crystal clear which makes it wonderful for swimming, snorkeling and diving.There are some larger rocks off the shore a bit that is a perfect place for seeing some amazing marine life.  Escaping the crowds and sunbathing on this spectacular bit of paradise while watching an amazing sunset is why this is often considered one of the best beaches in Curacao.


6. Klein Curaçao


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Klein Curaçao is the uninhabited island of the country and is certainly one of the best places to see in Curacao while you are here. Basically an over-sized volcanic rock, it is well known to have the longest and whitest beach in Curacao and has amazingly clear waters.  The island is accessible by boat, and you will find many charter boat companies that will be happy to take you and your party out, and some companies will even fly you there in a helicopter.There are many dive companies as well that will take you out for some of the best diving you could imagine.  The water is so clear it is not uncommon for visibility to be over 100 feet.  The wind conditions are also ideal for such sports as kite surfing.  One of the more fun Curacao attractions is the lighthouse that is here.  It is old enough that you can not go into the building itself, but it and the surrounds themselves are very creepy and will make you feel like you have stepped into a horror film!On the northeast portion of the island you will find an old shipwrecked ship that is also will worth seeing.  This island is certainly a great choice of Curacao beaches for a day of water sports, barbecues and having one of the best days in the fun, sun and surf!


7.  Jan Thiel Beach


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Jan Thiel Beach is perhaps the most well known of the Curacao beaches amongst tourists.  There is excellent diving and snorkeling in this bay, especially as you get further out to sea.  A dive shop is centrally located where you can get all of the equipment you need, as well as hire a boat to take you to the best dive spots.

There are some resort hotels nearby so you can walk straight from your room to the beach, which has all of the facilities you need to make your day stress-free and perfect.  A portion of the beach is designed to resemble a swimming pool, with a wading area for children, which makes it a tremendous Curacao attraction for families.  Also for family fun is the volleyball court and the small water park, so parents can relax under the shady palm trees while the kids play.

There are several food vendors right on the beach, and bars that serve happy hour at sunset each day.  Whether you have a family or just want to have some great holiday fun, this is one of the best beaches in Curacao to have it all!

8. Kokomo Beach


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Kokomo Beach, which was once called Vaersenbaai, is among the most wonderful places to see in Curacao. It has all of the convenient facilities, including showers, plus a beach bar for added fun.  There are restaurants and bars where you can enjoy amazing food and your favorite cocktail right in the comfort of your lounge chair.Magnificent palm trees provide the right amount of shade when you are through sunbathing.  There are many shops where you can get the souvenirs and gear for your favorite water sport.  You can even have a massage right there on the beach!  A small museum is one of the Curacao attractions here that you will want to check out to learn a bit more of the history of the area.Scuba diving is very popular here, and there is a diving school that will help you, whether you are a beginner or more advanced diver.  A pier extends out into the ocean, and at the end of it there is a dive platform which provides for more fun for everyone.  For a wide array of things to do while at one of the Curacao beaches, this one can’t be beat!


9. Cas Abao


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Cas Abao is another one of the beaches in Curacao that has the amazingly white, pristine sand and crystal clear water. The beautiful landscape surrounding the beach provides a magnificent background, and with the swaying palm trees and gazebos on the beach for shade, this is one of the most picturesque beaches in Curacao.  There are full facilities here which adds to your stress-free visit.With all of the vendors right there, there is no need to bring your own food and beverages either.  There are spectacular reefs that make for some of the best diving and snorkeling you will find.  One thing you will find here that is not at many of the other Curacao beaches is a large raft moored just off the beach where visitors can play, sunbathe and jump into the water from.  Watching the sunset while sipping on your favorite drink or getting a massage is one of the best things to do in Curacao.


10.  Caracasbaai


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Caracasbaai is one of the most popular beaches in Curacao amongst the local residents.  The beach is made up of coarse sand and small pebbles, which is beautiful and has a wonderful feel to it.  It is part of an underwater park, which makes it an ideal place for diving and snorkeling.  There is so much fascinating marine life that you will spend a lot of time here viewing it.  There are places to get some great food and drink while enjoying the magnificently calm waters of one of the lesser known but most amazing Curacao beaches.


11. Kenepa


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Kenepa, also known as Knip, is one of the most popular beaches in Curacao with both locals and tourists.  Made up of two coves it is surrounded by beautiful manchineel trees that provide very nice shade.  The view of the ocean is simply spectacular, especially from the parking lot that sits above the beach.  There is a cliffside lookout point between the two bays that provides the most breathtaking view you could imagine.

There is a ramp and set of stairs that lead from the parking lot, and a very nice path that leads through the underbrush from the lookout point down to the beach.  There is a reef just off shore a bit that provides for some terrific snorkeling, and the amazingly blue water is ideal for swimming and playing in.  This intimate beach has very little commercialization, which makes it one of the best beaches in Curacao for some very peaceful relaxation.


12.  Playa Forti


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Playa Forti is also known as WestPunt or West Point Beach is one of only three Curacao beaches with black, or dark brown, sand which is very stunning to see.  It is names West Point Beach because it is located at the very west tip of the island.  With fishing boats bobbing in the water and the fantastic view out over the ocean, this is a wonderfully relaxing place to spend the day.

The highlight of the area, for those not faint of heart, is the spot where you can safely jump into the ocean from a height of about 40 feet!  It is such a thrill!  This beach is not usually very crowded, and does have food and drink vendors as well as a restaurant so you can enjoy a very peaceful day.  So bring your chair and umbrella and play in the water or sunbathe on what many consider one of the best beaches in Curacao.


13.  Playa Kalki


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Playa Kalki is also located on the western side of the island, and is ranked as one of the best beaches in Curacao for diving and snorkeling.  There is a terrific dive shop here where you can get everything you need, and possibly even lessons for those less experienced.  There is wreckage of the old airplane, the Fokker Fairchild F27, that divers love to explore along with the myriads of marine life that live here.

This beautiful cove is surrounded by trees and limestone cliffs that have steps leading down to the stunning white sand beach.  There is also a floating platform here that you can sunbathe on or jump into the water from.  There are several places to get something to eat and drink, as well as shops that can provide the gear you need for whatever water sport you want to try.  This is certainly one of the top beaches in Curacao that has something for everyone.


14.  Playa Lagun


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Playa Lagun is another one of the Curacao beaches that is very popular for scuba divers and snorkelers.   The rocky cliffs that fall directly into the ocean provides for some great opportunities to see beautiful marine life.  There also is a reef that has some amazing coral and large sponges along with the wide variety of fish that live here.

Set in a little cove, with fishing boats floating in the water or pulled up on the sand, this is a very charming and picturesque area.  It is in the small fishing village of Lagun where you can eat some of the best seafood dishes and mingle with the local residents and get a real sense of the island’s culture.  It is certainly one of the most enjoyable places to see in Curacao.


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