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Curaçao's Natural Attractions

Island Tours

For a look at all these attractions, consider an island tour. Tours can be booked through most hotel desks; generall you can opt for east and west end tours, Hato Cave tour, jeep safari, and sailing and sunset cruises.

Beaches

Curaçao has over three dozen additional beaches from which to choose, all located on the Caribbean side of the island. Some of the most popular are Knip Bay and Barbara Beach.

The Atlantic shoreline of the island is rugged and wild, with pounding surf, shady sea caves, and evidence of past volcanic action. Swimming is prohibited in the dangerous waters, but families will find plenty of calm waters along the placid Caribbean side of the island.

Hato Caves

If you’d like to venture into a cavern, take a tour of Hato Caves, open daily except Monday. Guided tours take your family through the stalactite and stalagmite filled rooms, several of which include pools or waterfalls. The walk is fairly easy.

Christoffel National Park

Nature lovers should save time for a visit to Christoffel National Park, on the western end of the island. This wildlife preserve includes the island’s highest point and 20 miles of trails that wind through local flora and fauna. Don’t be surprised to see some native wildlife in the park; it is home to iguanas, donkeys, small deer, rabbits, and many bird species.

Boca Tabla

Curaçao may be a dry island, but you’ll find plenty of other natural attractions. One is Boca Tabla, a sea cave carved by pounding Atlantic waves.

Located on the road to Westpoint, the cave is a just short walk off the road--but it's a walk on the volcanic rock (stay on the pebble path). A friend of ours accidently ventured a few inches off the path, fell on the volcanic rock, and spent the rest of the day getting her forehead stitched up so be prepared to hold onto young children for this walk.

This stop is not recommended for families with young children but is a good stop for those with kids 10 and older who will stay by parents (wear sturdy shoes!). Kneeling in the darkness of the sea cave, you’ll watch the surge of crystal blue waves as they come within feet of you, roaring into the cave and back out to sea.

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