Curaçao is a Lesser Antilles island country in the southern Caribbean Sea and the Dutch Caribbean region, forty miles north of the Venezuelan coast. The island’s insular shelf has a sharp drop-off known as the “Blue Edge” which is often visited by scuba diving tourists. The southern coast has calm waters as well as many small beaches, such as Jan Thiel and Cas Abou. Legend has it that the governor of Curaçao told locals to paint their houses as bright as they could. Now, the tradition has continued on for centuries. A guided walking tour of the downtown provides enlightenment of Willemstad a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Curaçao Sea Aquarium dolphin shows get you up close and personal with all kinds of sea creatures. Enjoy a spectacular sunset view with live music during happy hour and dinner in Pietermaai.
Nightlife is one of the best things to do in Curaçao. Pietermaai District is known as the “SoHo” of Curaçao. Originally a residential neighborhood, it became a hub for trade, business and culture after the city walls were torn down in the mid-19th century. Boutique hotels, small shops, cozy little cafés and top-rated restaurants snuggled together, making the neighborhood highly walkable and perfect for exploring at your leisure. It is a mecca for music lovers and people searching for some late-night revelry. The district covers an impressive, yet walkable, area stretching from The Movies at Plaza Mundo Merced to the rows of bars and restaurants at Johan van Walbeeckplein. Music festivals come to the island frequently, and many of the beaches turn into popular bars and clubs at night. Food trucks or truk di pan, meaning bread trucks, have been around the island for over 30 years.
Curaçao is home to a series of caves and is known for its natural beauty. Diving and snorkeling are some of the most popular things to do in Curaçao. The Tugboat shipwreck and dive site is just five meters below sea level. Other top dive sites include Car Pile, Superior Producer, Hell’s Corner and Mushroom Forest. Daaibooi Beach is one of the best beaches in Curaçao for snorkeling and scuba diving. 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. Seaquarium Beach 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. Blue Bay Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Curaçao. There is a water sports center where you can rent equipment including kayaks, snorkeling and diving equipment, and boards of all types. This is one of the best Curaçao beaches for families with children as the sea floor has a gentle slope to it so the kids are safe playing in the water.