is genuinely a dream island for every beach lover. There you will have beautiful beaches, nice beach clubs, and fantastic places to visit in Curacao to eat and drink cocktails at the most beautiful and Instagrammable sunsets. Where is Curacao? The Lesser Antilles is located on the south of the Caribbean Sea, just near Venezuela. Curacao Island is a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. You will encounter many instagrammable places in Curacao to take the most liked Instagram photo. To make your travel to Curacao easier, here, I write about the 12 Instagrammable places on Curacao Island. Also, by reading, you will find answers to your questions such as where is Curacao, why to travel to Curacao, which places to visit in Curacao, what are the most Instagrammable places on Curacao Island, where to take the most liked Instagram photo, etc.
1. Mount Christoffel
You might not expect it, but Curacao has a special mountain of 372 meters in a nature reserve on the northwest of the island. This is the highest point in Curacao and has an amazing view. You can climb this mountain, and then you have a breathtaking view of the island during your travel to Curacao. On the hill, there is a path that you can follow slowly. Anyone can do this climb. Go as early as possible because of the heat, put on sturdy shoes, and bring enough water. Here you can take a bucket list travel photo. During the walk, you can enjoy a great view. Nature is so beautiful. With a few drinking stops and many photo opportunities, it will take you about 1.5 hours to reach the top. To get to the mountain, you first drive to the Christoffel National Park.
2. Playa Grandi
Now that you are already on the road early, you can continue with Playa Grandi / Piscado. It is among the most Instagrammable places on the island. Here you can snorkel beautifully among turtles, especially at the end of the morning. If you go into the water here with your snorkel, you do not know what you see! At the end of the morning, the fishermen throw the remaining fish back into the sea. The turtles know this by now, so they will come here—what a special experience. Do not forget to keep them at a suitable distance; they are protected animals that we do not want to affect in their natural environment.
3. Kura Hulanda MuseumWhere is Curacao
? On the Lesser Antilles, a place which was ruled by colonialists. That is why, besides the beautiful beaches and lively culture, Curacao also has a rich and charged past. Namely that of the slave trade. In Willemstad, on the grounds of Resort Kura Hulanda, you can visit the Kura Hulanda Museum. Here you will get a look at the history of the slave trade with photos, stories, preserved objects, and a recreated ship's hold. An exciting and impressive museum where stories come to life and are well worth a visit if you want to learn more about this island's history.
After your museum visit, walk to the center of Willemstad. It is Curacao's capital, famous for its beautiful colored houses and the well-known floating pontoon bridge, where you can take your most liked Instagram photo. Baby blue, pink, soft yellow, bright green, white, lilac; the typical Caribbean houses form a rainbow of colors. One home is stately and looks perfect. The other place is dilapidated, chipped, and, therefore, perhaps even more perfect. You can find many of these walls in Willemstad, but you will also find this colorful architectural style in the other towns and villages. Here you walk from the Otrobanda district across the bridge to the Punda district on the other side of the Sint Anna Bay. Here you can buy fresh fish and fruit at the local market, stroll around in the shops or sit on a terrace at the Handelskade; from here, you can see the boats sailing past very close towards the Caribbean Sea. A wonderful day in the city.
5. Landhuis Jan Thiel
Landhuis Jan Thiel is situated in a beautiful location in Jan Thiel. This villa is located on a former salt plantation and is hidden in the green and at a good distance from the beach. The plantation has its entrance to the salt pans, the natural habitat for large groups of flamingos where you can hike, mountain bike, or horseback for hours. Here, at one of the best places to visit in Curacao, you can enjoy peace and tranquility.
6. Little Curacao
Curacao itself is a beautiful island, but did you know that Curacao has a little sister? Little Curacao is about an hour and a half by boat and is a tiny, uninhabited island with snow-white beaches. It is popular to take a boat trip and spend a day here. You can come here for the sun, sea, and beach because there is not much nature. The center of the island is an old lighthouse. Be sure to walk to the back of the island, where an impressive shipwreck of an oil tanker is located. The island is also a paradise for snorkelers and divers. In addition to a beautiful reef and various fish, there is a good chance that you will encounter a sea turtle here.
The Pietermaai district, part of Willemstad, used to be a place you did not want to visit. This district was a disadvantaged neighborhood full of criminals. Tourists and locals went all around it. It was seen as the ghetto of Curacao. A few years ago, Pietermaai was taken over, and now things are a lot more relaxed. Pietermaai has been transformed into an artistic, atmospheric neighborhood. Beautifully renovated houses, colorful graffiti, trendy eateries, beautiful hotels, other hotspots, and lively events: Pietermaai is a must-visit!
8. Cas Abao Beach
According to many, Cas Abao Beach is the most beautiful beach in Curacao, and I agree entirely. The beach is located in a beautiful bay in the northwest of the island. The beach has been named one of the most beautiful beaches in the world several times. Whether you agree or not, a visit to this beach is certainly one of the best things to do in Curacao. Here too, the water is extremely clear, and the sand is powdery soft, so beautiful views await you. There is also a beach bar where you can order a nice cocktail to complete the paradise picture.
9. Blue Room Cave
A special natural phenomenon, one of the most Instagrammable places in Curacao, is the Blue Room. The Blue Room is a hidden cave in the rock walls that you can only reach by swimming. You should not be afraid because the passage is very narrow, but once there, you will certainly be rewarded. When the water reflects sunlight, the cave turns bright blue. Mother Nature at her best! The easiest way to visit the Blue Room is during a snorkeling trip along the island.
10. The coast of Shete Boka
One of the highlights of Curacao is the rugged coastline at Shete Boka Park. Here, the salty, powerful seawater has formed beautiful inlets on the coastline over the years. Each cove is different and has its name. Not to be missed is Boka Pistol, where the water shoots upwards. This rugged part in the west of Curacao is one of the most beautiful places on the island. You should certainly not miss a visit to Shete Boka during your vacation in Curacao.
Do you like water sports? Then you have to be in Spanish water. Here you can wakeboard for an afternoon at Curacao Wake Skate Ski School. Awesome! They teach so well, and you can tear over the water in no time. If you think wakeboarding is a bit too intense or too fast, then join for supping. This water sport is a bit more relaxed, but you are still enjoying the water in the Caribbean sun. SUP Curacao offers various tours from the Spanish water. Several SUP tours are available for all levels, such as a beach tour along the coast or a tour through the beautiful mangrove area.
12. Happy Hour Dancing
Better food is, of course, a part of a holiday, and this is even more fun in a beautiful spot on the beach. At Zanzibar Restaurant on Jan Thiel Beach, you will enjoy an extensive view in a beautiful location. On Saturday evenings you must be at this place. The famous hour with a live band starts performance here from 17:00. You stand here with your feet in the sand under the nice palm trees, and all the people of the island come to this place. You can experience the local cuisine or order a tasty pizza at this restaurant.