Cas Abao Beach#5 in Best Things To Do in Curacao
Both tourists and locals favor Cas Abao Beach, and it's not hard to see why. The white-sand beach is surrounded by cliffs and lush greenery, and shaded by thatched palapas (large palm umbrellas). Sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and a rainbow of tropical fish beckon snorkelers into warm, turquoise waters. Are your muscles sore from swimming? You can get a full-body massage right on the waterline. Feeling peckish? The Beach Bar & Restaurant offers a range of snacks and drinks that will sustain you all day.
Recent visitors loved Cas Abao beach for its stunning beauty and convenient facilities, although some lamented the extra fees associated with something as simple as a shower. Those who went snorkeling highly recommended it, with many saying they were able to see a diverse array of aquatic life, aka not just fish. Travelers also strongly recommended bringing water shoes or sandals, as the shallows are littered with pebbles and broken coral, which can be hard on your soles.
Cas Abao Beach is about 20 miles northwest of Willemstad, near the town Fontein. The beach is only accessible by car, and there is a parking lot on site. You may visit Cas Abao Beach from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The entrance fee for a car of four people is 10 guilders (about $5.60) from Monday to Saturday and 12.50 guilders (about $7) on Sundays and holidays. If you're hitting the beach with a group larger than four, the price for each extra person is 2.50 guilders (about $1.40). For more information about rentals and activities, visit Cas Abao Beach's website.
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#1 Scuba Diving
If you really want to see some of Curaçao's best sights, you're going to have to get your hair wet. A fascinating world of delicate coral gardens, graceful stingrays, playful dolphins and even sunken ships awaits you in the depths of the Caribbean. The best way to explore it is with a plastic mask strapped to your face and an oxygen tank strapped to your back.
Many of Curaçao's specified dive sites are accessible directly from the beach – try Porto Mari or Blauwbaai – while others must be reached by boat. The enormous star coral formations of the Mushroom Forest are a must-see; afterward, you can take a breather in the sapphire light of the nearby Blue Room cave. You can also explore the coral-encrusted remains of the Superior Producer, a cargo freighter that went down in 1977.
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