The 5 best beaches in Curacao


When you set Curacao as your vacation destination, you’ll be spending a considerable amount of time on the beach. But with so many beaches and so few vacation days, you need to make the most of your time during this vacation getaway. To help, here are the best beaches in Curacao you absolutely need to visit.

Playa Grandi (and Playa Piscado)

These two beaches run together, so if you visit one you’ll end up on the other. Whichever you end up on make sure you rent out snorkel equipment as this is by far the very best destination for swimming with sea turtles and other marine life. The water is a brilliant blue with excellent visibility. Just make sure to invest in an underwater camera become you come because there’s so much to see under the surface.

Grote Knip

This is the kind of beach you go to when you want to show off to your friends back home and make them jealous. The baby blue water laps gently against the white sandy beaches. You can rent out a cabana, soak up the sun on the sand, and you’re always just a short walk away from delicious refreshments. So snap up the pictures and get ready to share your posts on Instagram, Snapchat, and all your other social media accounts.

Playa Lagun

This beach takes a bit more to get to. In fact, it is nestle in between two large rock formations, giving you more of a cove front experience than an expansive beach. However, it is this small cove that makes it that much more tranquil. You won’t have many other beachgoers to deal with. All the while you get to soak up some of the best water and sand in the Caribbean.

Playa Santa Cruz

Here the beachfront is picturesque. You have private cabanas, and the tall grass surrounding the sand makes it feel like New England beachfront meets the Caribbean. Of course, it’s also exceptionally elegant as you can get a massage right on the beach!

Playa Porto Mari

If you’re looking for a popular beachfront destination this is it. Don’t worry, it’s not too busy, but you’ll have more people around. You’ll also have wild pigs that love to soak up the sun. If you’ve ever wanted to swim with pigs, Playa Porto Mari is calling your name!

Each of these five beaches offers something a little different from the next. So whether you want to break free of the crowds or you’re looking to party it up, there is a beach for you in Curacao. Just make sure to get out there and have fun on your laid-back luxurious Curacao holiday.

Shawn Boyer is the Co-founder and Creative Director of Anatomie. Anatomie is a luxury travel clothing brand worn by travelers across the globe.

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Comments (14)

  1. Dick says:

    “New England beachfront meets the Caribbean“. Private cabanas too. Can it get any better than that? Playa Santa Cruz could be the place for me!

    • Shawn Boyer says:

      I agree! Nothing beats having your own private cabana with refreshments on a relaxing vacation. Plus, I feel much safer in Curacao rather than New England when it comes to Great White Sharks. No thank you!

  2. Kirsty Emerson says:

    Until now I just thought Blue Curacao was a drink. I suppose I should be ashamed of my lack of geography education but I didn’t know that it was a place as well. And what a place! I’d like to be sat in a bar, sipping a Blue Curacao with plenty of ice, overlooking one of these beaches.

    • Shawn Boyer says:

      This would be the ideal situation! A drink to match your landscape. I wonder if there are other drinks out there that match the name of their origination location? I can’t think of any right now but will report back if one crosses my mind!

  3. Mo says:

    Had a short stay in Curacao a few years ago. Yes, it was amazing. It’s even more beautiful than it looks in these pictures. Lovely people, relaxed Caribbean vibe and beautiful beaches. I wanna go back.

    • Julia Harper says:

      It’s hard to imagine Curacao being even more gorgeous than in the photos! I can see why you want to go back. Do you have a favourite beach from when you visited? I think I’d be hard pushed to pick where to go.

    • Shawn Boyer says:

      Pictures don’t even do this island justice! You can’t experience the crystal blue water unless you’re there. It’s almost too beautiful for words even!

  4. Attesh Patel says:

    Turquoise seas, clear waters for the turtles, white sand beaches and cooling breezes rustling the palm trees – you get the sense of all of those in the pictures. Curacao is typically and wonderfully Caribbean. I am a lucky man in that I usually have a couple of business trips a year to the region. If all goes to plan I can sometimes sneak an hour on the beach just before the sun goes down.

  5. Kenny Ralph says:

    Beautiful. Makes me want to reach for my tropical pattern T-shirt, Bermuda shorts and flip/flops. Oh yeah, sunshades too.

  6. Julia Harper says:

    The beach at Grote Knip is the sort of place that always looks Photoshopped, it’s like it’s too good to be true. That’s my dream destination right there. I’m also quite tempted by Playa Santa Cruz as I love the sound of a massage on the beach. How idyllic!

  7. Darius says:

    We haven’t had a proper holiday now for quite a few years due to some fairly heavy commitments with ailing parents. So, I’m searching through A Luxury Travel Blog looking for inspiration. Curacao is highly inspiring. It looks like just the sort of place where we can forget all the toiling away over recent years.

  8. Zohoa says:

    Oooo. This is probably the first time ever I have come across any post describing the beauty of Curacao. Well, in childhood my mother often used to spend her summers in Curacao as all her maternal family was settled in this region. So, I literally grew up hearing endless tales of the mesmerizing beauty of its sun-drenched beaches. And it’s shameful to say but I never gave her much importance thinking that she must be feeling nostalgic for being living in Austria (which is a landlocked country just by the way). How ignorant of me! All these years I never even bothered to search about this place on net. But now definitely, I am gonna surprise her on her coming birthday by planning a tour to Curacao.
    P.S. I would be so grateful if somebody can point out all the other popular attractions or must-visit place of the area so that I can plan the trip accordingly.

  9. Lina says:

    Dear, I am a native of Curacao and to be honest there are endless of activities to do in the island (which are beyond the scope of this comment). From outdoor activities to beaches, water sports (such as snorkelling, scuba diving and speed boating), museums, theme parks, historic sights, landmarks, nature and wildlife areas, shopping centres, private sightseeing. And I can literally go on forever.
    So, if you have never been there I would highly advice you to contact a Tour Operator who will plan your trip wisely to maximize your experience within your specified time-frame as well as budget.

    • Smith says:

      Wow. What a lovely birthday surprise! I am sure there won’t be a better way to surprise your mom- especially if she is soo home-sick. Just to give you an overview, so that you don’t miss out on any thing important, here are my recommended places-of-interest and activities-to-do in Curacao:
      Downtown Willemstad (a UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising of gingerbread Dutch houses, cobbled lanes and spectacular water views), Amazonia Rainforest (spread over 45,000-square-foot, it encompasses jungles, 130 species of animals, caves, pyramids and ruins from the Mayan, Aztec, Incan and Arowak cultures), Fort Nassau, Hato Caves (limestone caves used by Arawaks during the colonial times), Curacao Sea Aquarium, Fort Amsterdam, Ostrich Farm, Shete Boka Park (a 10km rocky coastline with 10 pocket beaches), Landhuis Chobolobo (known as the home of the genuine Curacao Liqueur), Christoffel Park (the island’s largest, 1800-hectare national park with its extensive collection of local flora and fauna), Klein Curacao (the so-called Paradise Island which is a perfect spot for snorkelling, scuba diving and boating), Fort Beekenburg, Curacao Museum, Curator (the aloe vera plantation), Museum Kura Hulanda in Willemstad (which has some of the most beautiful relics from the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade), Landhuis Bloemhof (an Arts centre built on the 18th century plantation), Old Market and of course The Blue Room (a hidden cave on the western shore).
      But then again as Lina mentioned earlier it’s best to check with a Tour Operator, a local Guide and of course a bit of your own homework to make the most of your trip (there already exists a plethora of sites, articles and posts uploaded on the Internet to guide a first-time visitor).

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