Most of Curacao's beaches are along its southern coast,
particularly at the western end of the island. However,
unlike some Caribbean islands, e.g. Aruba and Grand
Cayman, which have long stretches of sandy beaches, the
beaches on Curacao are smaller, often in scenic, sheltered
coves along the coast.
Various sources estimate that Curacao has between 38
and 50 beaches or "playas" in Spanish and Papiamento.
These vary widely in their development with some having
no facilties and some having all of the amenities of a
resort. Some beaches are free while others have an
admissions charge and/or a charge for facilities.
The clear waters and the fact that the sea floor drops
steeply a few hundred feet from shore make many of
Curacao's beaches attractive to scuba divers.
Above and left: The pictureseque Playa Forti (West Point
Below: Groot Knip Baai (Playa Kenepa Grandi or Playa
Abou), one of the most popular beaches on the island.
The area around Boka Tabla is a national park cllaed Shete Boka. In addition to the coast, one can see examples of the island's exotic vegetation.
Adjoining Shete Boka is the island's largest national Park Chritoffel Park which is centered around Mount Christoffel (left). The park has eight hiking trails and is alive with birds and wildlife.
The Dutch built plantations (landhuis) on Curacao and several have been restored and opened to the public. Museo Tula on the former Kenepa plantation is dedicated to documenting and illustrating the life of the African servants and slaves who worked the plantations.
Cruise destination travel guide - Curacao - Curacao Attractions: Outside Willemstad