15 Best Things to do in Curacao, South America

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Often referred to as the “best-kept secret of the Caribbean”, Curacao- the Caribbean Island is known for its candy-colored colonial buildings and sandy beaches that provide a haven for the divers and snorkeling-lovers. The country has a rich marine history and you can learn more about it at one of the best Curacao points of interest called the Curacao Maritime Museum. The beaches like Cas Abao, Mamba, and Santa Barbara also add a unique charm to the Curacao tourism. People from around the world visit Curacao to swim with the Dolphins at the Dolphin Academy. Take a tour of its colonial town, go hiking, or relax on the beaches, there are plenty of things to do in Curacao. Here is an extensive list of the best attractions in Curacao for your upcoming island trip! 

1. Take a walk on the Queen Emma Bridge

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With colorful buildings on its both sides, Queen Emma Bridge is located in the capital city Curacao- Willemstad. A morning walk on this floating pontoon bridge across St. Anna Bay will make your day as it provides picturesque views of the surroundings. The bridge connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of downtown Willemstad. You can also enjoy a ferry ride from the bridge for free. 

2. Enjoy watersports on Mambo Beach

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One of the most famous beaches in Curacao, Mambo Beach is known for its lively Sunday evenings when a large number of people gather on its white sand to have a picnic with the family. While the beach provides a perfect place for water sports like diving, snorkeling, swimming, and splashing, you will also love the seafood in its eateries and music in the beach-clubs. 

3. Discover the local flora and fauna at Christoffelpark

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If you want to see the local flora and fauna of Curacao, Christoffelpark is the best place to be. Covering an area of 2000 hectares, the Christoffelpark offers you a big area of wilderness to witness the wildlife such as reptiles, white-tailed deer, bats, hawk, owl, and hummingbirds. Christoffelberg, the highest point in Curacao is also located here. There are many hiking trails and deer-spotting areas inside the park. You can explore the park on your vehicle, horse, or just on foot. 

4. Be familiar with marine life at Curaçao Sea Aquarium

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One of the most impressive aquariums in Curacao, Curacao Sea Aquarium showcases the natural habitat of the marine creatures that you can learn a lot about in the aquarium. Visiting this aquarium is one of the most exciting things to do in Curacao with kids. The main feature of the aquarium is the open water system and pump that lets the fresh seawater come inside. You will see the aquatic animals like sharks, rays, turtles, sea lions, and dolphins. 

5. Stay in a beach villa at Blue Bay

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One of the best Curacao attractions is the Blue Bay Beach which is famous for its exclusive beach villas and stunning location. No wonder that people consider it as the prettiest spot in Curacao. The beach acquired its name from the “Blaauw” plantation located nearby. Are you a sports lover? Then there is a hockey pitch and golf course for you at a stone’s throw. 

6. Take a guided tour to the Hato Caves

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If you are looking for some unique Curacao activities, then take a guided tour to the stunning caves of Hato. These marvelous caves created by the coral limestones has been alluring the tourists since 1991. You will find the caves on the northern coast of Curacao. The caves are said to be over 1500 years old and in addition to the stalactites and stalagmites, you will find the ancient drawings inside these. 

7. Learn the maritime history at Curacao Maritime Museum

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Curacao has over 500-year long maritime history and you can discover it at Curacao Maritime Museum with the help of interactive displays, permanent and temporary exhibitions, nautical charts, and the replicas of old ships. You can also see the demonstration of the mini-refinery and take a guided tour of Saturday or Wednesday. 

8. Rest on the beach bed at Grote Knip

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Grote Knip is, undoubtedly the most celebrated beach in Curacao and snorkeling here is one of the best things to do in Curacao. Grote Knip has been listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world along with the beaches of Hawaii and Greece. You will find Grote Knip between Westpunt and Laguna. You can access this white sand beach for free and enjoy its rocky surroundings by resting on a beach bed. 

9. Go scuba diving at Playa Porto Marie

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If you are still wondering what to do in Curacao, take a scuba diving session at Playa Porto Marie. Located close to the village of Sint Willibrordus, this beach is popular amongst the snorkelers and scuba-divers. When you are here, you can also see various experiments on placing the artificial coral reefs. If you are feeling lazy, just get a glass of wine from the small bar located here and relax on the beach. 

10. Swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Academy Curacao

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Swimming with the dolphins in the azure blue waters is one of the most interesting activities in Curacao. Established with an aim to maintain harmony between humans and dolphins, the Dolphin Academy Curacao is the place where you can literally kiss and handshake with dolphins, go snorkeling or swimming with them, and get personal with the dolphins with the help of scuba diving in the lagoons. 

11. Capture the views of Cas Abao Beach

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Are you an avid photographer and searching for the best location to capture in Curacao? Then Cas Abao beach is an ideal place for you. The palm-lined waterfront, pearl-white sand, green-filled rocks, and a vast ocean of turquoise blue make this beach a paradise for photographers. Besides, you can enjoy kayaking, a banana boat ride, and dining at the beach restaurants and bars. 

12. Enjoy a luxury stay at Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort

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Staying in the beachfront resort of Santa Barbara beach has its own fun. People who don’t like to travel much and want everything at one place can plan a vacation to Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort. Here you can not only gaze at the gorgeous beach from your window but also experience a luxury spa and utilize the facilities like tennis court, golf course, diving center, swimming pool, and other aquatic fun. 

13. Shop the local varieties at the Old Market

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Although Curacao is not a “shoppers’ paradise” and does not have those exclusive malls and world-famous retail brands, shopping here is surely a fun. And what place could be better than the Old Market! You can not only buy the local produce like fruits and veggies here but also try the lip-smacking classic Curacao dishes. The authentic Curacao food is served in the open kitchens by the folks. 

14. Visit Landhuis Chobolobo

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The 19th-century mansion of Landhuis Chobolobo is another famous tourist attraction in Curacao. This is basically a liqueur distillery that offers a historical tour of the Curacao liqueur and also a tasting experience of the locally crafted liqueur. You can also enjoy their delicious ice cream and buy souvenirs for your friends from the shop. 

15. Feed the ostrich at Curaçao Ostrich Farm

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Feeding the ostrich at Curacao Ostrich Farm is one of the unique things to do in Curacao. The farm has a beautiful location and offers a pleasant day for the entire family. The farm has a South African theme and offers a guided tour to the visitors at a small fee. You will love feeding the ostrich. Don’t forget to try their collection of South African wines and combine it with the pumpkin pancakes. 

In addition to all these enthralling activities, you would also like to buy the Curacaoan arts and crafts, take a walk through its mural-covered houses, and catch an adrenaline rush by jumping off the cliffs. The island of Curacao is welcoming you will all the fun!

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