Sports & Recreation
Snorkeling & Scuba Diving
Curaçao 's more than
100 dive sites are famous all over the world with visibility
ranging from 60 to 150 feet and water temperatures a comfortable
70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The Curaçao Underwater
Park is a 12.5 mile coral reef that has been protected as a
National Park. Guides are available for hire, and lessons are
offered for beginners.
Deep Sea Fishing: Private boats are always available for charter.
The marlin, sailfish, tuna, and wahoo in nearby waters provide
an exciting challenge even for accomplished fishers.
Windsurfing: With year-round winds of over 13 knots, Curaçao
offers excellent opportunities for windsurfing operations.
Skilled professionals are on hand to offer instruction for
Sailing: Curaçao is home to a number of sailing regattas
throughout the year, and Hobie-Cat and Sunfish equipment are
always available for rent.
Beaches: There are over 38 different beaches on the island
from the popular hotel beaches to small, secluded coves. Westpunt
Beach is framed by towering cliffs, which are famous for the
divers who jump from them into the ocean below. Knip Bay Beach
features live music and dancing on weekends. Some beaches are
covered with exotic plants like cactus and sage.
Golf, Tennis, Squash: The Curaçao Golf and Squash Club
has a 9-hole golf course with unique and unusual sand greens.
Squash is also available, and tennis courts may be found at
many of the larger hotels around the island.
Horseback Riding: Ashari's Ranch and Rancho Alegre provide
guided tours on horseback for beginning as well as experienced
Hiking: Trails run throughout the 4,500 acres of Christoffel
Park, and the 2-mile Rif Recreation Area offers a surfaced
track for jogging.
Punda and Otrobanda:
These two shopping districts in downtown Willemstad, separated
by St. Anna Bay and connected by the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge,
provide pedestrian malls where shoppers are free to stroll
and browse at their leisure. Curaçao has no duty or
tax on many imported items, which has earned it a reputation
for bargain-hunters travelling in the Caribbean.
Gambling: There are 10 hotel casinos on the island featuring
the latest in slot machines, roulette, blackjack, poker, craps,
and bingo. Although hours vary, most casinos are open between
2pm and 5am.
Discotheques: Dancing to tumba, reggae, salsa, and popular
music at the island's many discotheques is one of the many
options for people interested in the busy nightlife the island
has to offer. Some of the nightclubs even feature floorshows.
Restaurants: Owing to the island's great diversity in culture,
restaurants offer many different types of international cuisine
from Indonesian and Latin American to Italian, French, and
Music: In addition to the many music festivals throughout
the year, the sounds of tumba, salsa, merengue, jazz, and reggae
can be heard in the streets of Willemstad and in many out-of-the-way
spots around the island.
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