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Best Things To Do in Curacao

Like its sister islands, Aruba and Bonaire, Curaçao's warm waters are ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling, and other water sports. If reclining in a beach chair and sipping a daiquiri is more your speed, head to the oceanfront cafés of Cas Abao Beach or Playa Porto Marie. Tired of sand and sun? Escape to Willemstad, a metropolitan city in the middle of paradise. There, you can visit the swinging Queen Emma Bridge and the fascinating Kurá Hulanda Museum, as well as plenty of rockin' beachfront nightclubs.

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How We Rank Things to Do
#1
Scuba Diving
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: If you really want to see some of Curaçao's best sights, you're going to have to get your ... read more»

#2
Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Spanning the St. Anna Bay, the Queen Emma is a floating pedestrian bridge that connects Willemstad's two halves, Punda ... read more»

#3
Handelskade Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: On the Punda side of Willemstad is Handelskade, that picturesque stretch of pier you've seen on every Curaçao postcard ... read more»

#4
Playa Lagun Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Tucked between gray cliffs near the northwest corner of Curaçao sits the small but quiet Playa Lagun. Recent travelers laud ... read more»

#5
Cas Abao Beach
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Both tourists and locals favor Cas Abao Beach, and it's not hard to see why. The white-sand beach is ... read more»

#6
Playa Porto Marie
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Playa Porto Marie is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Its rehabilitated reef and on-site snorkel rentals make this beach a ... read more»

#7
Christoffel National Park
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: In 1978, three plantations near the northwest tip of Curaçao merged to create Christoffel National Park. The park houses indigenous ... read more»

#8
Blauwbaai
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: About 8.5 miles northwest of Willemstad sits Blauwbaai (Blue Bay), one of Curaçao's most beloved beaches. Just offshore ... read more»

#9
Seaquarium Beach
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: On a small island like Curaçao, you don't have to go far to find a beach. And if you ... read more»

#10
Kurá Hulanda Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Built on what was once a mercantile square used for the trade and sale of slaves, the Kurá Hulanda Museum ... read more»

#11
Klein Curaçao (Little Curaçao)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: An uninhabited island about eight miles off the southeast coast of Curaçao, Klein Curaçao is the ideal day trip for ... read more»

#12
Riffort Village Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Jutting out into the St. Anna Bay on the Otrobanda side of Willemstad, Rif Fort was built in the 19th ... read more»

#13
Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Dating back to 1728, the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue is the oldest Jewish temple in continuous use in the New World ... read more»

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