One of the best kept secrets are the beautiful
white sand beaches and secluded coves of Curaçao, especially
appealing to honeymooners, couples and others not looking for
long, expanses of sand crowded with hotels.
Curaçao's 38 beaches are varied. Some are surrounded
by giant cliffs, others by exotic flora and fauna. But they
all share the same clear turquoise water unique to this part
of the world.
Following is a rundown of some of the island's best:
Westpunt Beach is best known for the huge cliffs which frame
it and the divers who entertain beachgoers by jumping from
the cliffs into the ocean below. A favorite of locals and visitors
alike, the beach, located on the northwest tip of the island,
is open to the public at no charge.
Just south of Westpunt is Knip Bay
Beach, one of the island's
most photographed sites because of its picturesque setting
and dazzling, bright blue water. On weekends, live music and
dancing turn the area into one big beach party. Changing facilities
and refreshments are available during specified hours.
Playa Abao, also on the northern tip of the island, is a more
quiet spot that is nonetheless popular for its clear blue water
and perfect stretch of white sand. Nestled into the curved
shoreline of the southern side of Curaçao, Daai Booi
Bay is a romantic little beach, surrounded by towering cliffs.
Cas Abao is probably the island's most modern beach, offering
a refreshment stand, changing facilities, thatched umbrellas
for shelter and a large parking lot.
One of the largest and most spectacular beaches on the island,
Blauw Bay, also has shade, showers and changing facilities.
A small entrance fee is charged.
Curaçao also offers man-made beaches that give mother
nature a good run for her money. Among the best are those at
the Sonesta Beach Hotel & Casino, the Princess Beach Resort & Casino
and the Curaçao Sea Aquarium (a family-oriented complex
that features enclosures containing every form of native sea
life, as well as glass-bottom boat and semi-submersible submarine
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