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Willemstad: Klein Curaçao Beach Boat Cruise with an Open Bar

1. Willemstad: Klein Curaçao Beach Boat Cruise with an Open Bar

Before you depart for Klein Curaçao, enjoy a light breakfast that will provide you with the energy you will need for an exciting day at sea. Klein Island is the quintessential Caribbean island. There is no better place to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the island vibe. When you arrive, you can see the historic Klein Curaçao lighthouse, visit the old shipwreck, and swim with sea turtles. You can spend the day exploring, relaxing on the stunning beach in a tent, or simply watching your worries float away on the azure waters. Savor a delightful BBQ lunch at around 12:30 PM, along with a variety of sides and salads. Alcoholic beverages are also available with lunch, which will help you get into the easy breezy Caribbean mood.

Willemstad: Sunset Cruise Tour with Food and Drinks

2. Willemstad: Sunset Cruise Tour with Food and Drinks

If you want to see the most breathtaking sunset in the Caribbean, then this sunset catamaran tour is perfect for you. Board the boat in the marina, meet your boat crew, and settle in for an amazing cruise. The bar will be open with chilled alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as soon as you board the catamaran. You will also be offered delicious snacks to eat on the top deck throughout the journey. After leaving the marina, cruise along the coast of Curaçao to Fuik Bay. Take in the amazing views of the island and ocean along the way. At Fuik Bay watch the stunning sunset in good company.

2-Hour Kayak Tour in Curacao

3. 2-Hour Kayak Tour in Curacao

Paddle across Caracas Bay and stop at Curacao's most popular snorkel spot during this 2-hour kayak tour from Willemstad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard your kayak and follow your guide to remote areas rich in tropical vegetation and wildlife. Kayak across the bay, spending approximately 20 minutes in the open water. As you paddle in the protected waters along the coast, enjoy picturesque views of Fort Beekenburg ̶ a well-preserved fort built in 1703 to protect the inner bay. Land at a deserted stretch of beach for some of the best snorkeling on the island. Enjoy the natural underwater beauty, as well as the remoteness of the location. See amazing aquatic life such as colorful coral, morays, scorpion fish and lobsters. Before heading back, cool off with a refreshing swim at the beach. Above the beach you can see an old manorial estate known as the Quarantine house, which was built in 1700 and was used for the treatment of sailors. Conclude your excursion with a serene 30-minute paddle back across the bay.

Willemstad: Turtle Watching Excursion and Snorkeling Safari

4. Willemstad: Turtle Watching Excursion and Snorkeling Safari

Swim and snorkel in the beautiful clear waters of Curacao's coast, admire the beautiful fish and turtle species and search for other aquatic species. Visit the desert of Curacao and enjoy a safari excursion across the desert. Take the chance to swim with colorful fish and turtles while taking in the beauty of Curacao's sapphire-blue sea on the island's northern side. Watch as the wind pushes the sea against the shore and creates stunning footprints. Take in the view of the coast's breathtaking landscapes before moving on to the desert safari. Travel on a safari excursion across wide-open desert plains, surprisingly where Curaçao's most naturally sweet water is located. Let the water sprinkles at several remote bays refresh you as you watch the powerful waves smash against the coral cliffs, and look out for exotic species like herons, frigate birds, and caracaras. Cross to Curacao's southwest coast, and watch as the landscape dramatically transforms from a dry, arid climate to a verdant, hilly shoreline, and admire pristine white beaches and the turquoise waters found here. Move on to Playa Piskado, where you can see a wide variety of fish and, of course, swim next to turtles, and enjoy time snorkeling until it is time to return to your accommodation.

Willemstad: Guided Jet Ski Tour

5. Willemstad: Guided Jet Ski Tour

See the eastern coast of Curaçao from the sea on a guided jet ski excursion from Willemstad. Find out interesting facts about the area from your guide. Go to the marina and, after a bit of instruction, hop on a jet ski and set off on the water. Explore the coast and keep a look out for local flora and fauna. Learn about the area from your guide as you take in picturesque coastal views.

Curacao: Jet Ski and Snorkel 1.5 Hour Adventure

6. Curacao: Jet Ski and Snorkel 1.5 Hour Adventure

Enjoy snorkeling and jet-skiing in the pristine blue waters off the southern coast of Curacao. You’ll pilot your own jet ski for about 1 hour while enjoying magnificent views of Curacao's mangroves and small islands, coves, bays, and beaches. During a 1-hour ride on your jet ski, visit the Spanish water lagoon and see the famous Tafelberg (Table Mountain), beautiful exclusive homes, and mangrove islands. Snorkel for about 30 minutes at one of Curacao's best snorkeling sites; home to a wide array of marine life. It is common to see colorful coral, morays, scorpionfish, lobsters, and schools of tropical fish. On your way back enjoy the picturesque view of an old manorial estate as well as Fort Beekenburg, a well-preserved fort that was originally built in 1703 to protect the inner bay. Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique tour of this wonderful island!

Willemstad: Guided SUV Beach Hopping Tour with Lemonade

7. Willemstad: Guided SUV Beach Hopping Tour with Lemonade

Discover the white sands and turquoise waters of Curacao's west coast on this day trip from your hotel in Willemstad. Take a dip at beaches like Piskado, Kenepa, and  Porto Marie. Spot some bright pink flamingos in a salt lake at St. Willibrordus.   Begin your island adventure with picked up from the doorstep of your hotel or resort in Willemstad. Board the 4x4 vehicle that is open, so you can enjoy unobstructed views throughout your trip. Stay hydrated during your trip with water and lemonade.  Watch as your guide helps to highlight Curacao's natural beauty and historical significance. Arrives to Playa Piskado, where you can choose between snorkeling with sea turtles or watching the local fishermen bring in their catch for the day. Travel to Playa Kenepa, where you can sunbathe on the island's most photographed beach or swim in the azure water. Make your way to Playa Porto Marie which is renowned for its amazing snorkeling opportunities. Have the option to purchasing you can also get something to eat and drink before heading to the salt lake at St. Willibrordus where long-legged flamingos like to strut and feed. Return to your accommodation in Willemstad at the end of your tour. 

Willemstad: Punda Shops and Kokomo Beach City Tour

8. Willemstad: Punda Shops and Kokomo Beach City Tour

We start the tour with a drive trough the Otrabanda Area and then crossing the Queen Juliana Bridge, we will drive through the beautiful neighborhood of scharloo full of baroque mansions and Street Art. Next we will do a stop at Punda where with our own customized map you will be able to find your way around the district where you will find multiple stores for your souvenirs or maybe some cocktails or local liquor tasting, some stores with special discount only for tour participants. After the shopping time we will drive to Kokomo, the ideal beach to enjoy a quiet day, have a great lunch, try one of their delicious cocktails or just fall in love with the crystal clear water! There are lounges to relax, read a book, or just hang out with an ice-cold beer!

Willemstad: Curaçao North West Coast Jeep Safari Tour

9. Willemstad: Curaçao North West Coast Jeep Safari Tour

Go on a Jeep safari to visit Curacao's northwestern coast. Witness magnificent water displays caused by the sea being pushed against the shore by the wind. Take a dip in a natural jacuzzi, visit Shete Boka Natural Park, and see the Boka Tabla cave. Your journey begins in the broad desert plains, where your guide will inform you about the island's volcanic and coral origins and the 3 unique terraces that stretch for miles along its northern coastline. Check out the natural jacuzzi, where you can take a dip in a small, natural bathtub while a fountain showers you. Visit the Shete Boka Natural Park to see water shows like the Boka Pistol created by the waves' strong breaking. Boka Tabla, a cave you shouldn't miss when visiting Curacao, and the typical thunder that locals refer to as the Breath of Curacao can also be found in Shete Boka. Return to your accommodation full of new impressions.

3-Hour Jewish Heritage of Curacao

10. 3-Hour Jewish Heritage of Curacao

Your first stop on this tour will be the Jewish cemetery Beth Haim. Consecrated in 1659, it is the oldest Caucasian cemetery on the island and in the Western Hemisphere. The site is also a Curacao National Monument. Then, you will visit another historic site also created as a peaceful sanctuary, the Rooi Catootje Plantation House. It dates to about 1820 and was originally known as “Rust en Vrede,” which translates to “Rest and Peace.” The house was the property of the Maduro family since 1853, when S.E.L. Maduro brought it as a gift to his wife Rebecca Curiel from her parent’s estate. The house has now been preserved as a museum. Continue to the 17th century plantation house Chobolobo, owned by a Jewish family, where Curacao liquor is produced. Tour the house and learn more about the family name and history. Before leaving, take the opportunity to enjoy samples of this famous local product. Next, continue with a drive through the old Jewish neighborhood of Scharloo. Stop at the Mikveh Israel Emanuel Synagogue, or the Snoa as it is affectionately known locally, which rests on exceptionally hallowed ground. The Jewish faith has been practiced here without interruption since 1732. The congregation itself is even older, having been established in 1651. It was just this fear of persecution that drove many of Curacao’s earliest Jewish residents to relocate to the island in the first place. They were rightfully more than a little guarded about their beliefs, even upon founding their congregation and building their synagogue nearly a century later. That’s one of the main reasons why you’ll find a sand floor in the Snoa today. The floor pays homage to those earliest Jewish settlers in Curacao who had to muffle the sounds of their footsteps and prayers when meeting in secret during the Spanish Inquisition.

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What people are saying about Willemstad

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4.3 / 5

based on 80 reviews

Super sympa, vu de belles baies, puis coucher soleil sur ocean, ensuite musique et danse. Équipage vraiment super chouette.

Even though we didn’t catch any fish, the staff took us sightseeing. It was a great experience.

Great guide, great beach, and lots of fun and interesting things to see and do!

A great day! The crew made it perfect! Thanks for that!

Very good knowledgeable person. Highly recommended