The Best Beaches in Curacao
Here is my take on the best beaches in Curacao. The list is in no particular order. I have just included those beaches that should not be missed if you visit this island paradise.
Mango Beach. This is the Disney World of Curacao Beaches. If you love natural beauty Mango Beach is not for you. However, if you have a family the kids will be in heaven. In addition to a nice beach, Mango has a pool, a water park and a protected lagoon. The kids will love the dozens of floating water toys where they can climb, slide and work off some steam while you and your significant other relax in the sun or enjoy a drink at the sidewalk café. Mango Beach is more than a beach – it’s an entertainment complex with numerous restaurants, bars and shops (most on the second level) to enjoy in addition to surf and sand. We enjoyed some time here but let’s face it you are not bonding with nature. Parking is plentiful and admission to the beach is $3 per person.
Kalki Beach (aka Alice in Wonderland). This beach is 30 miles (49 km) drive from Willemstad but well worth the time. There is a small parking lot (no fee) and additional parking on the street west of the parking lot
for overflow. There is a very cute but tremendously over priced café with a beautiful view of the ocean. The food is mediocre but the vibe is priceless. We took a snorkeling tour with Go West Dive Shop which is
located just above the beach. A two and half hour experience was fairly priced at $44 per person but the snorkeling was just so so. We went to Blue Lagoon and another nearby snorkeling spot. Blue Lagoon is cool because you get to snorkel in a cave. However, the fish life is good but not great. My suggestion is pass on the snorkeling trip at Kalki and just relax on the beach with a cold Polar beer. Head directly to Tug Boat Beach if you want a great snorkeling experience in Curacao.
Tug Boat Beach. This is the best snorkeling spot on Curacao. The beach is a relatively unattractive spit of sand and rock. However, the snorkeling blows anything on the island. Bring your own snorkeling equipment of rent pretty good equipment from the incredibly cute concession stand on the beach ($9 for a mask and $9 for fins). Wade into the water and paddle out to the number 5 marker just offshore—the eponymous Tugboat is about 75 yards to left of the number 5 marker. There you will encounter a beautiful underwater garden bristling with aquatic life. I saw Parrotfish, Knifefish, Sergeant Majors, Blue Tang (that’s Dory from Finding Nemo) and much more. The kicker was on the way back to the beach we paddled past an endless line of small black squid. Incredibly cool!!! Don’t forget to kick back with a Presidente at the cute little seaside café afterwards.
Jeremi Beach. I insisted on stopping here simply because my son’s name is Jeremy and I wanted some fun pictures. However, Jeremi beach is gorgeous and not to be missed. The beach is the center point of a surrounding residential development.
Thankfully, that development has not yet encroached on the natural beauty of Jeremi beach. Jeremi beach has free parking but limited services. When we arrived (around sunset) the beach chair vendors were calling it a day. There is a small snack bar which was closed by the time we arrived.
Kleini Knip. This is a breathtakingly beautiful beach on the west side of the island about 50 km from Willemstad. There is ample parking but few services at the beach. We just stopped here for less than an hour and enjoyed a beautiful sunset.
Curacao Marriott & Emerald Casino Beach. The Marriott has a very nice palm tree lined beach. The snorkeling is pretty good (although Tug Boat is much, much better). They also have a wonderful beach bar creatively called the “Boardroom” where you can kick back with a Polar beer and watch the sunset.