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Popular Things to Do in Curacao

With its pastel-hued landscape of homes and shops, the tiny island of Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, is truly a charming feast for the eyes. Cruise ships dock in Willemstad, which is a decidedly modern and upbeat city boasting an impressive collection of shops and eateries for visitors to enjoy (though if you're in port on a Sunday, some, if not all, might be closed). Curacao is home to more than 35 beautiful beaches, and there is no shortage of diving, snorkeling and water sports-based shore excursions.

The weather in Curacao is hot, but typically not as stifling as some other Caribbean islands due to cooling trade winds. Summer is peak travel season, and the ABC Islands (including Curacao) lie mostly outside the hurricane belt. Most vendors and shops accept U.S. dollars, but the island's official currency is the Netherlands Antillean florin. English, Spanish and Dutch are widely spoken, but Papiamento is the official language.


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23 Excursions Found

#1 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Island Tour

224 Reviews
Explore the brightly-hued island of Curacao, which boasts some of the best examples of 17th and 18th century Dutch architecture.
#2 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Beach

118 Reviews
Enjoy a day of sand and surf, and cast away all your worries while on a private beach break excursion in Curacao.
#3 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Cave Tour

81 Reviews
Explore the Hato Caves -- the deepest and longest cave formation in Curacao -- home to beautiful limestone decor, waterfalls and the famous Madonna Statue.
#4 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Distillery Tour

73 Reviews
Come thirsty to taste all the flavors available at the Blue Curacao distillery, such as rum raisin, coffee and the original Blue Curacao.
#5 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Snorkeling

52 Reviews
Snorkeling excursions provide tourists with the opportunity to experience what lies beneath the water's surface. Swim around Curacao's coral reefs and with the island's unique marine life.
#6 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Trolley Tour

43 Reviews
The trolley tour through Curacao is a great way to explore the island's historical and urban settings. Experience the beauty of Curacao while learning about its prominent culture.
#7 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Aquarium

25 Reviews
Curacao's well-known aquarium allows you to experience all of the island's unique species while still on a dry land. This is a good option for families with kids enthralled by sea life.
#8 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Ostrich Farm

22 Reviews
Educational and interactive ostrich farms give you a unique opportunity to feed the largest bird in the world. Experience the magnificent ostrich and so much more in Curacao.
#9 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Semi-Sub

17 Reviews
Experience Curacao's tropical waters and sea life while in the hull of a semi sub, a mix between a submarine and a glass bottom boat.
#10 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Buggy Tour

15 Reviews
Guided buggy tours are typically a caravan-style following to explore the untammed nature of the island.
#11 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Sunset Cruise

14 Reviews
Cruise along the stunning and colorful island of Curacao. Don't forget your camera for snapshots of the sun setting behind the sparkling Caribbean waters.
#12 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Boat Tour

13 Reviews
Tour Curacao with the absolute joy of being on the breezy waters and relax on the deck of a private boat as it slices through the ocean. This is a comforting trip for all.
#13 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Scuba Diving

13 Reviews
View underwater gardens of coral and visit with schools of unique marine life while diving in Curacao's waters.
#14 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Dolphin Swim

12 Reviews
This is more than just a swim with the dolphins. Witness dolphin behaviors in Curacao that you are sure to never forget!
#15 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Museum

8 Reviews
A visit to the Curacao museum offers glimpses at geological history, Indian artifacts, paintings by local artists and more. Don't forget, museum gift shops are perfect for last-minute trinkets and souvenirs.
#16 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Jeep Tour

5 Reviews
Explore the natural treasures of Curacao on a jeep tour of the island.
#17 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Kayaking

5 Reviews
Glide along coral, sea life, and Curacao's gorgeous coastline while venturing off on a kayaking excursion.
#18 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Jewish Heritage Tour

4 Reviews
Embark on this tour to learn about the Jewish heritage, customs, culture, and history of the island of Curacao.
#19 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Plantation Tour

4 Reviews
Visit Curacao's 18th and 19th century plantation houses and learn about their rich history on the island.
#20 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Culinary Tour

2 Reviews
Discover the delights of the island's traditional cuisine. Some tours may include market walk-throughs and cooking lessons.
#21 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Folkloric Show

2 Reviews
Enjoy a Curaçao folkloric show and join local talent in the Tumba, the traditional rhythmic dance of the island.
#22 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

Golfing

2 Reviews
Home to beautiful golf courses, Curacao offers some of the finest holes in the Caribbean. Enjoy a relaxing day out on the range.
#23 of 23 Curacao Shore Excursions

National Park

2 Reviews
Venture off on an informative park tour to see Curaçao's vibrant wildlife and lush gardens.

Food and Drink in Curacao

<pCuracao offers a wide variety of sidewalk cafes, gourmet restaurants offering international dishes and local eateries influenced by a melting pot of more than 55 different nationalities. Options range from fresh fish and fine dining to gumbo and grilled fare.

Casual In-Town Joints: A number of eateries straddle the famous Handelskade, anchored by Penha & Sons (the oldest building in the city, built in 1708), and offer great views of downtown. Among them are the Iguana Cafe, which offers lunch and dinner favorites like chicken, fish, shrimp and burgers. Drinks include tropical favorites like pina coladas and Blue Whales made from authentic Senior Curacao of Curacao Liqueur. (Handelskade 13 Punda, Willemstad)

At the Sea Aquarium, Mambo Beach Restaurant is a good, casual choice; you can eat on the beach, and the menu is deli fare.

If You're In The Neighborhood: In Westpunt, stop in at Jaanchi's Restaurant for Antillean cuisine; try the goat stew or fresh snapper, served Curacao style.

Best Cocktail in Curacao

Sample genuine Curacao liqueur (produced in Chobolobo, a 17th-century plantation house). Belly up to the bar, and order drinks like the Blue Lagoon, Zombie, Bleeding Heart and Fuzzy Pirate.

Beaches in Curacao

Best for a Half-Day Visit: Seaquarium Beach has all imaginable facilities (shops, bars, water sports vendors and restaurants), plus white sand and palm trees; it's a good choice for families.

Best for Snorkelers & Divers: Playa Porto Mari features a unique double coral reef, where you explore one, swim over it and find another. Facilities are available, including equipment rental and a bar/restaurant. Also popular for snorkeling and diving, Playa Kalki, located on Curacao's west coast, is considered one of the island's most attractive beaches. The quiet cove is home to a reef that divers have dubbed "Alice in Wonderland" because of its labyrinthine quality, and it's not uncommon to spot stingrays and dolphins in this dive spot.

Best for the Dedicated Beach Bum: The Cas Abao Beach on Banda Abao has a white-sand beach, palm trees and parasols.

Don't Miss in Curacao

The Museum Kura Hulanda, an anthropological museum that focuses on Curacao's culture, showcases African exhibits dating from 500 B.C. (Klipstraat 9, Otrobanda; open Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; closed on Sundays) Another option for history buffs is the Maritime Museum which documents the island's rich naval history with a "floating market" of colorful ships from nearby islands just across the canal. (Van den Brandhofstraat 7; open daily, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., during the cruise ship season)

The Hato Caves site boasts limestone formations, waterfalls and other natural wonders. Take a guided tour of this underground world to hear tales of Curacao's legends and check out the iguanas and bats. You can also stroll the Indian Trail Walk on your own to view island vegetation and 1,500-year-old carvings. (open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 45-minute tours given on the hour)

The art galleries of Curacao showcase everything from traditional to post-modern "Bumper Art"; the island has a thriving creative community, and artists will often be on-hand to discuss their work at venues like Landuis Bloemhof, Arawak Craft Products (at the Cruise Ship Wharf, Otrobanda, Willemstad) and Kas di Alma Blou.

Curacao features two golf courses. The 18-hole golf course at the Blue Bay Golf Resort was designed by Rocky Roquemore. The par-72, 6,735-yard course offers a putting green, driving range, pro shop and bar. The second, the Old Quarry Golf Course at Santa Barbara Plantation Resort was designed by Pete Dye and overlooks the sea.

At the Curacao Sea Aquarium (which offers four tours a day and a feeding show), all species of marine life native to Curacao's waters are on display in natural seawater: 20-foot sharks, turtles as big as manhole covers, giant moray eels and more. Some of the creatures are held in "touch tanks," so visitors can get to know them up close.

One of the highlights for us was the trained sea lions that wave to the crowd and follow their trainers. You can also "kiss" a sea lion if you are so inclined.

Don't miss the "Animal Encounters Lagoon," where several large, open-water enclosures bring visitors face-to-face with the sea's most fascinating animals. In one pool, snorkelers and divers swim freely with stingrays, angelfish, tarpons, groupers and more. In the other, they can feed lemon sharks, nurse sharks and reef sharks. (It's safe; a combination of plexiglass and mesh fencing separates divers and sharks.) You can also swim with dolphins there. Reservations for "Animal Encounter" must be made in advance. (aquarium open daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

On a visit to Den Paradera, explore an organic herb garden teeming with plants traditionally used to cure ailments. There are remedies for matters of the heart, including love potions, and of the head, like elixirs for curing baldness. Natural perfumes, oils and herbal potpourri are also on sale.

At the Curacao Ostrich Farm see first-hand how an ostrich develops from an egg to the biggest and fastest bird in the world. (If you're lucky, you may even see one hatch.)

Take a tour of Landhuis Chobolobo to see how Curacao (the liqueur, not the island) is made. You can watch the distilling process and sample the liqueur in its original orange flavor or other popular flavors, such as rum raisin, chocolate and coffee. (open weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.)

Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest synagogue still in use in the New World and celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2001. There is a Jewish Historical Museum on the property, occupying two buildings that date to 1728. You'll find artifacts like a Torah scroll, brought to the island by the first Jewish settlers, and hand-wrought, centuries-old silver items once used in religious ceremonies. (open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

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