Mambo Beach#9 in Best Things To Do in Curacao
On a small island like Curaçao, you don't have to travel far to find a beach. And if you need a convenient stop during a cruise excursion, look no further than Mambo Beach (aka Seaquarium Beach). It may be man-made, but this beach located just 4 miles south of Willemstad features the bright white sands, the crystal blue waters, a sand volleyball court and the piña coladas you've been craving. Once you've fulfilled your lounging (and drinking) quota for the day, head over to Ocean Encounters, where you can rent some snorkel gear or take a scuba trip. The area also offers a boardwalk lined with shops, restaurants and many bars, which become particularly lively on Sunday nights. This area is also well-suited to kids; Seaquarium Beach's breakwater keeps the tides calm, even on days with rough surf.
Recent visitors offered mixed reviews for Mambo Beach. Those who enjoyed Mambo appreciated the large amount of shade available on the beach in comparison to other beaches in Curaçao – and the on-site amenities and activities were hard to beat. What was a fun atmosphere to some travelers read as a party atmosphere to others, with a few travelers comparing it to Las Vegas. Safety was also a concern in the parking lot. Don't leave your bag unattended and put all your valuables in the on-site locker rooms. Also keep in mind, topless bathing is allowed at this beach.
Mambo Beach charges an entrance fee of about $3.50 and beach chairs cost an additional fee. Hours are around 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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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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