Curaçao doesn't have the long beaches typical for other Caribbean islands. But there are over 35 small natural beaches on the southern and western coasts that are great for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
Most of these beaches have a snackbar and pick-nick facilities. Some charge an entrance fee for which they claim to provide more facilities and to keep the beach clean.
Popular beaches can be crowded in the week-ends, but on working days you often have the beach for yourself alone.
Be careful with the sun and look for a place in the shadow!
For information on beaches see: Curaçao Travel Guide.
Our preferred free beaches are listed below.
One of the most popular beaches for locals.
Can be crowded during the weekend.
There is a snackbar and parasols.
Small Knip Beach
A beautiful small and quiet beach. We use to have barbecue here (not on the sand!).
The snackbar is open in the weekends only.
You can't miss the small fishing boats.
Close to some restaurants.
Nice beach with good snackbar.
On the road to the beach you will pass an area with flamingoes, near Willibrordus.
Playa Marie Pampun
Close to our bungalow. We often walk early in the morning or later in the afternoon (10 minutes) to this small beach.
It is ideal for children, and there are two terraces where drinks and good local food are served.