Cruise Port Atlas | Willemstad, Curacao Day Trips | Attractions

Willemstad, Curacao Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Curacao: Star Clippers, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal, Oceania, Paul Gauguin, Seabourn, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean

Key Attractions: Fort Amsterdam, the Governor's Palace, Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue, Cas Abao, Westpunt, Hook's Hut, Little Curacao, Christoffel Park, SS Oranje Nassau Shipwreck, Seaquarium, Hell's Corner

Willemstad Attractions

Port to Historic City Center - 2 KM, 10 minutes

Willemstad is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the Caribbean, with tidy Dutch-style building in bright colors, great shopping, fascinating cultures and its own unique language, Papiamentu. Among the famous buildings in the historic district are Fort Amsterdam, the Governor's Palace, Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue and the colorful Penha building on the waterfront.

Historic district   Dutch style buildings in Curacao colors   Willemstad's Historic district   Unique crioyo cuisine  

Uneven surfaces    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Cas Abao BeachCuracao's Beaches

Port to Cas Abao - 24 KM, 30 minutes
Port to Westpunt - 43 KM, 40 minutes
Port to Hook's Hut - 6 KM, 10 minutes

Curacao's beaches tend to be small coves and many of the best are at the western tip of the island near Westpunt, where fishing boats deliver their daily catch. Closer to Willemstad is Cas Abao with nice facilities, calm waters, and a reef for snorkelers and divers. Within 10 minutes drive of Willemstad are beaches associated with resorts such as Kontiki Beach, Mambo Beach and Hook's Hut. All have full water sports facilities, restaurants, bars and dive operators. Mambo Beach is the place to go for evening beach activities such as concerts. Off the coast of Curacao is the small island of Klein Curacao (Little Curacao) which is uninhabited, but has the largest beach in the country with white sands and calm waters, as well as excellent snorkeling and scuba.

Roman, Medieval and Renaissance   Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca   Italian College Town  

Varied Walking    Somewhat Wheelchair Accessible

Martinique's former capital - Saint PierreOutdoor Activities in Curacao

Port to Christoffel Park - 36 KM, 35 minutes

Curacao's arid climate creates an ecosystem different from most in the Caribbean with unique species of plants and birds.  Perhaps the best place to experience the island in all its natural beauty is in its largest park, Christoffel Park.

Cacti and other arid climate plants   Rocky terrain   Discover Natural wonders  

Challenging walking Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Diver in the reefsCuracao Diving

Port to Seaquarium - 8 KM, 10 minutes

Diving is one of the primary attractions for visitors to this island paradise and there are many varied sites for divers at all levels of skill.  Excellent ship wrecks include the SS Oranje Nassau and the Saba in the Seaquarium area, two different plane wreck sites and a Tugboat in shallower water for beginners and snorkelers. Advanced divers have a wide variety of choices with intriguing names such as "No Way" and "Hell's Corner."

Diving and Snorkeling   Natural wonders & reefs   Underwater ruins and wrecks   Coral and fishes  

Difficult Walking    Not Wheelchair Accessible

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible