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Things to do in Curaçao

Delve into Curaçao's seafaring history at the Maritime Museum or visit the Curaçao Museum in a fine Dutch-built 19th-century mansion house. An extensive collection of African artefacts and slave trade items are on display at the Kurá Hulanda Museum. Resplendent Christoffel National Park's wild beauty offers hiking, swimming, fishing and diving in a landscape of cactus plants, bromeliads and orchids.

Blue Bay Golf Club, Curaçao. Courtesy of Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. The Kurá Hulanda Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The Kurá Hulanda Museum, Curaçao. Courtesy of Diamond PR

    This unusual Willemstad museum is the life's work of Dr Jacob Gelt Dekker, a devoted collector of African artefacts. The Kurá Hulanda Museum exhibits include a full-size reconstruction of a slave ship. Other artefacts range from fossils and fertility dolls to drums and masks.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$9; children US$6

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

    Address

    9, Kipstraat, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 434 7765

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Kurá Hulanda Museum Website

  2. 2. Maritime Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Maritime Museum, Curaçao. Photo by Paul McClure

    Housed in an 18th-century Willemstad mansion close to St Anna Bay harbour, the Maritime Museum contains 40 displays representing Curaçao's origins in 600BC and its role as the Caribbean's largest slave depot to sea-faring items from the modern day.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$15; 12-16s US$7.50; under 12s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 9am-4pm, closed Sun (unless a cruise ship docks)

    Address

    7, Van De Brandhof Straat, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 465 2327

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Maritime Museum Website

  3. 3. Country House Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Country House Museum, Curaçao. Photo by Charlie Slang

    This small-scale restoration of a thatched 19th-century Willemstad manor house contains agricultural and fishing equipment and antiques. Other Country House Museum displays depict bygone rural life with paintings and tapestries of country scenes.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$2

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm

    Address

    27, Dokterstuin, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 864 2497

    Transport

    Taxi (19km west of Wilemstad)

  4. 4. Jewish Cultural Historical Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Jewish Cultural Historical Museum, Curaçao. Photo by Paul McClure

    Housed in two fine Willemstad buildings built in 1728, this former Rabbi's residence and mikvah bathhouse houses a display of ritual, ceremonial and cultural objects. The Jewish Cultural Historical Museum and neighbouring synagogue are both open to visitors dressed appropriately.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$5 (museum and synagogue); under-15s free

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-11.45am & 2.45pm-4.45pm; Sun 9am-12pm

    Address

    29, Hanchi Snoa, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 1633

  5. 5. The Curaçao Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao. © R.C. (Randy) Pietersz

    This collection of antiques and art is housed in a former military hospital, built in 1853. Carefully restored in 1946-1948, the Willemstad Curaçao Museum also contains artefacts from the indigenous Caiquetio tribes. A garden pavilion plays host to regular musical events.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$3; under-13s US$1.75

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm; Sun 10am-4pm

    Address

    Van Leeuwenhoekstraat, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 462 3873

    Transport

    Taxi

Attractions

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  1. 6. Christoffel National Park - Attractions

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    Christoffel National Park, Curacao.

    A cactus-flanked dirt track weaves through bromeliads, orchids and arid scrub below the towering peaks of St. Christoffelberg to Christoffel National Park in Westpunt. Marvel at a landscape dotted with goats, iguana, deer and numerous birds as well as caves and beaches and miles of leafy trails.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$10 (including museum entrance)

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 8am-4pm; Sun 6am-3pm

    Address

    Westpunt Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 864 0170

    Transport

    Westpunt bus from Otrabanda

    Website

    Christoffel National Park Website

  2. 7. Curaçao Liqueur Distillery - Attractions

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    Curaçao Liqueur Distillery, Curaçao. Courtesy of Curaçao Liqueur Distillery

    The famed Curaçao liqueur has been made, using dried peel from the Curaçao "Laraha" orange, at this Willemstad distillery to an original Senior family recipe since 1886. Guided tours offer a chance to witness production with tastings in the 17th-century Chobolobo Mansion.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free, includes complimentary liqueur tasting

    Opening hours

    Weekdays, 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

    Address

    Senior's Distillery, Schottegatweg Oost 129, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 3526

    Transport

    Car or tour operator

  3. 8. Handelskade - Attractions

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    Handelskade, Curaçao. Courtesy of Curaçao Tourism Board

    An iconic 300-year-old anchor sits at the heart of the charming harbourfront street of Handelskade. Pastel-coloured buildings look out on St Anna Bay, a waterside stretch said to resemble Amsterdam. Look out for the handsome former merchant's house, Penha House.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Daily all day

    Address

    St Anna Bay, Punda, Willemstad Curaçao

    Transport

    Bus to Punda terminal

  4. 9. Shete Boka National Park - Attractions

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    Shete Boka National Park, Curaçao. Photo by Paul McClure

    The tiny nature reserve of Shete Boka National Park offers views of Curaçao's rugged north coast, 2km from Christoffel National Park. Explore a scenic network of walking trails to limestone grottoes and fossilised caves where sea turtles breed in the protected waters below.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$2

    Opening hours

    Daily 9am-5pm

    Address

    Boca Tabla Z/N, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 864 0444

    Transport

    Bus to Westpunt from Otrabanda

    Website

    Shete Boka National Park Website

  5. 10. Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue - Attractions

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    Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synogogue, Curacao.

    The oldest synagogue in the western hemisphere, Mikve Israel-Emanuel Synagogue was consecrated on the eve of Passover in 1732. This fine Dutch colonial building spans an entire Willemstad block with a Spanish-style walled courtyard, raised balustrades and mahogany detailing.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$5 (includes admission to Jewish Cultural Museum)

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 9am-4.45pm; Sun 9am-12pm (closed to visitors if a cruise ship has docked in town)

    Address

    29, Hanechi di Snoa, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 1067

  6. 11. Seaquarium - Attractions

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    Seaquarium, Curaçao. Photo by Lucian Hanga

    There are over 400 species of fish, crab, anemone, sponge and coral with attractions that include sea-lion and dolphin encounters, at the Willemstad Seaquarium. Diving, snorkeling, swimming and interacting with lots of marine life are all on the menu.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$18.50; 5-12s US$9.50

    Opening hours

    Daily 8am-5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm)

    Address

    Bapor Kibra z/n (off Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard), Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 6666

    Transport

    Car or taxi

    Website

    Seaquarium Website

Special things to do

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  1. 12. Blue Bay Golf Club - Special things to do

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    Blue Bay Golf Club, Curaçao. Courtesy of Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort

    Hazardous sea breezes make the par-72, 18-hole Blue Bay Golf Club course a true test of golf. Several small lakes, lagoons and a sheer drop into the sea make retrieving errant balls tricky, and the signature fifth hole is stunning - it plays out over a cliff.Show this on map

    Cost

    From US$50 for 9 holes

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-7pm; tee-times vary

    Address

    Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort Curaçao, Landhuis Blauw z/n, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9868 1755

    Transport

    Car or taxi

    Website

    Blue Bay Curacao Website

  2. 13. Seaworld Explorer - Special things to do

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    Seaworld Explorer, Curaçao. Courtesy of Atlantis Adventures Curaçao

    The semi-submersible Seaworld Explorer submarine at the Willemstad Seaquarium takes passengers on a magnificent hour-long underwater journey, through offshore wrecks and coral reefs teeming with rainbow-hued tropical fish. Wide glass windows allow views of sponge gardens and marine life.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$39; under-12s US$35

    Opening hours

    Daily (times vary)

    Address

    Hilton Hotel , Piscadera Bay, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 0011

    Transport

    Car or taxi

    Website

    Seaworld Explorer Website

  3. 14. Willemstad Walking Tour - Special things to do

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    Willemstad Walking Tour, Curaçao. Courtesy of Curaçao Tourism Board

    A Willemstad Walking Tour takes visitors around Willemstad's UNESCO-heritage historical zone through colourful Colonial streets and leafy plazas. Learn about early construction techniques from local architect Anko van der Woude and of social history from historian Jopie Hart.Show this on map

    Cost

    From US$15

    Opening hours

    Daily

    Address

    Queen Wilhelmina Bridge, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 3554 or 767 3798

    Transport

    Taxi to Queen Wilhelmina Bridge

  4. 15. Willemstad Trolley Tour - Special things to do

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    Curacao Trolley, Willemstad, Curacao.

    An hour-long narrated Willemstad trolley tour by open-sided 'locomotive' begins at Fort Amsterdam near the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge. Journey through downtown Willemstad's pretty pastel-coloured, red-roofed Colonial streets, a UNESCO-listed historic centre edged by the island's natural harbour, Schottegat.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$25; 2-12s US$20

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-11am (on request)

    Address

    Fort Amsterdam, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 628 986 (booking essential)

    Transport

    Taxi to Fort Amsterdam

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