Mambo Beach
Mambo Beach
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Key Info

Bapor Kibrá

Price & Hours

$3 per person; additional $3 per beach chair
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

Beaches Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.7scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

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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