We’ve got three words for Curacao: beaches, corals, and architecture. That last one makes Curacao a unique seaside escape, considering that the capital city Willemstad is choc-a-bloc with picturesque examples of colonial architecture. The Dutch-Caribbean island is also renowned for its ancient caves, stunning nature parks, and scuba diving sites. Walking along the promenade at Willemstad, you will pass by colourful European-style houses perfectly reflected in the glistening water. Klein Curacao is a major diving destination, and contains breath-taking reefs, a lighthouse, and shipwreck. There is much to experience in this multi-faceted island but here are the top 4 things to do in Curacao:
Try the Famous Blue Curacao
Blue Curacao is the reason behind the becoming indigo hue of cocktails like Blue Hawaiian and Blue Daiquiri. Considering that Curacao is the birthplace of this citrusy liqueur, you couldn’t possibly miss out on a cocktail tasting session. At Curaçao Liqueur Distillery, you will learn about the history and preparation of the liqueur, made from the aromatic peel of a bitter orange called laraha. At the 19th century garden, a bartender will make you taste different varieties of the local spirit, and you can also try your hand at making Caribbean cocktails.
Go Scuba-Diving or Snorkelling
Snorkelling lets you explore the water with a mask and breathing tube, close to the surface, while scuba-diving takes you deeper, as you have your own air to help you breathe. On a diving and snorkelling tour, you’ll learn the basics of both, so no worries there. Klein Beach is a great choice for spotting turtles, fish, and corals, while The Tugboat is an iconic shipwreck with an underwater wall to its left and spectacular moray eels swimming around. Playa Kalki is also popular for its numerous reef fishes and a bar on the beach.
See Flamingos and Explore Hato Caves
Set aside half a day to explore Flamingo Park and Hato Caves, two wonderful landmarks of Curacao. Watch rosy pink flamingos soar over a beautiful salt lake at Flamingo Park. The Hato Caves are over two million years old, and replete with ancient carvings and limestone formations. There’s also a beach nearby.
Visit Mambo Beach and Curacao Sea Aquarium
Mambo Beach is the most popular beach on the island. The promenade is known for its array of shops, restaurants, and water sports. At Curacao Sea Aquarium, you can snorkel with stingrays, hand-feed nurse sharks and lemon sharks, and admire sea turtles in their natural living surroundings.