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We did not get to them all during our week in Curacao, but we visited both private and public beaches. To us the better beaches were on the west side of the island.
TIP: Stay away from the public beaches on the weekends as they are packed.
We almost missed this beach on the west side of the island, as it is located on a small side street with a guard standing along the road. We stopped and asked him how to get to Playa Kalki and found out it was right there. Parking is limited but since we were early, we had no problems. This could be an issue if you come later in the day. There are very steep steps to get to the beach.
There is a food stand with plenty of tables to enjoy the view. I bought a can of soda that was almost $5. Very expensive, when you can get a bottle (16 oz) for $1.28 at the grocery store in Curacao.
This beach is free, but everything else was very expensive considering the other beaches we visited. We paid $6 for a lounge chair while others beaches we only paid between $3-$3.50.
It’s a very small rocky beach. I laid out and enjoyed the sun while J went snorkeling. He did not see much as the current was pretty swift that day. We stayed for about an hour or so and left as it was getting crowded and we wanted to explore other beaches.
There is a dive shop (Go West) located at the other end of this beach. We were going to take a snorkeling trip with them but the water was to rough that day with swift cross current and white caps. We will just have to save it for our next trip.
Playa Kenepa Grandi Beach
This beach was not on the map. We ran across it after leaving Playa Kalki. This was a free local beach, that was very busy on a Sunday afternoon. We wanted to return during the week, but never made it back. Just another reason to return to Curacao.
We stopped at Playa Jeremi as we made our way back to our hotel. This was a free beach that the locals enjoyed during the weekend. We took pictures and moved on to our next beach as this was a small cove.
Driving on the west side of the island was very pretty. Not much in the way of housing on this side.
Playa Porto Mari
Playa Porto Mari beach was a paid beach but was under construction during our visit in November. The noise of the construction drove us away after staying about ten minutes. Lucky for us they had not come around and collected the money. We will definitely come back to this beach when we return to Curacao.
After leaving Playa Porto Mari we went to Casa Abao beach. We paid $6 entrance fee before we even saw the beach. It’s a long drive to actually get to the beach, but so worth it. Playa Casa Abou was absolutely amazing. It was our favorite beach besides the Marriott. The water was a magnificent color of blue. There are little covered huts, picnic tables and lounge chairs ($3) on the beach. You can purchase food and drinks at a reasonable price. We bought two smoothies for $8. The food hut takes credit cards. This beach had free Wi-Fi. The access code was listed on a pole at the food hut. We had no problem accessing the Wi-Fi from our beach chairs.
They even had a massage hut right on the beach. If you are interested, you need to sign up early, as there is only one person doing the massage.
As with most of the beaches in Curacao, there were a lot of rocks as you enter the water, so bring water shoes.
We spent hours snorkeling and floating on my raft at Casa Abao beach. It was not as crowded as some of the free beaches. There was plenty of room to spread out so you were not on top of your neighbor.
We went to the Seaquarium Beach late in the day. We parked and walked along the boardwalk to see the different beaches. Because it was so late, we did not pay a fee. After walking around, we decided this area was not for us as it would be way too crowded as the chairs were on top of each other.
Jan Theil Beach
This area was more expensive if you are looking to stay here. It was very crowded with man made beaches. The lounge chairs were very close to each other. There is a fee to get on this beach. We only wanted to see the beach and did not want to pay, so we parked along the road and walked to the shopping center. From there, you can take the steps that lead to the beach. Walking around there are plenty of places to eat and rent chairs. You can rent snorkeling equipment, jet skis and other water activities.
It was nice visiting the different beaches, but we always came back to the Marriott Curacao beach as we enjoyed the snorkeling and not many people on the beach.
Like most trips, we ran out of time trying to see the different parts of the island. For us staying at the Marriott Curacao was a great location, as we were close to town, restaurants and the grocery store. We knew we made the right decision especially after visiting the different hotels we almost booked. We will definitely return to Curacao as it offered us the types of things we like to do. Snorkel, relax on a beautiful beach and eat good food. Have you been to Curacao?