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Playa PortoMari

Price & Hours

$3 per person; free for kids 11 and younger
9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily

Details

Beaches Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 3.5Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Playa PortoMari is a spot worth stopping for outdoor enthusiasts. Its rehabilitated double reef and on-site snorkel rentals make this beach a fun spot for undersea exploration. The beach also serves as a trailhead for three nature trails, great for hiking or mountain biking. If you're hungry after all the physical activity, you're in luck: Playa Porto Mari features a beach bar and restaurant that serves up enough Indonesian sateys and Dutch kroketten to fill you up for round two in the water or a nap on the sand. 

Playa PortoMari does tend to get crowded. But its natural wonders and plentiful amenities (rinsing facilities, clean bathrooms and shaded beach chairs) explain why people flock here. Recent visitors were able to put aside their annoyances with other beachgoers to enjoy what Playa PortoMari has to offer. Many travelers particularly applauded the quality of food served at the restaurant, and recommended coming toward the end of the day for a truly breathtaking sunset. You also might get to meet some pigs and iguanas that frequent the area.

Near the town of St. Willibrordus – a 20-mile drive northwest of Willemstad – Playa PortoMari welcomes visitors from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. every day except New Year's Eve and Carnival Sunday. Admission costs $3 per person and chairs cost an extra $3.50, but children up to 12 can have fun in the sun for free. For more information about beach activities, visit Playa PortoMari's website.

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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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