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Things to do in Curaçao

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Other Great Outdoors
“Go as early as is possible to hike the highest mountain of Curacao. Locals usually leave from the East side when it’s still dark, to start climbing the mountain at dawn. Bring enough water and good sneakers. I would not recommend to go in periods with lots of rain, because the trail can get very slippery and therefore dangerous. You’ll need an average fitness level, mostly hiking. The last part just before the top can be a bit tricky. You’ll need to climb a bit onto rocks. The view is absolutely stunning and worth the hike.”
  • 60 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great place to spend a day, lots of beach bars, restaurants, at night they becomes nightclubs. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Carrefour French Supermarket Chain within the mega mall. Fine French cuisine. Interesting international liquor and wine options. The latest opening hours of all the supermarkets”
  • 42 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Willemstad’s first colonial settlement started as a hub for Dutch slave traders. Now a World Heritage site, this modern city center has a distinct Euro-Caribbean atmosphere, its preserved colonial buildings housing fashion boutiques, art galleries, and sidewalk cafés. Wander down Punda's narrow cobblestoned alleys, then snap a signature photo at the Wilhelminaplein’s giant Curaçao and Dushi signs. The neighborhood gets extra lively during the free Punda Vibes event every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring an outdoor market, live music, and local folkloric dancing.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Mountain
“Great National park for hiking. I recommend going early in the morning before the sun gets intense.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sometimes you feel like you want to have toast for breakfast, or as the Dutch say it: "A Toasty". For this we go to Zansi where they als serve a good coffee. They have more breakfast options, not a lot, but what they have is good. Only negative might be that they only start serving as of 09.00.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Beach
“The Playa Porto Marie is a long, narrow beach of white sand that is very popular with Dutch tourists. It is one of the best on the island of Curacao because it is excellent for divers. It has crystal clear waters teeming with fish, thanks to the "Reef Balls" positioned on the seabed to encourage the repopulation of the marine life and the nearby cliff. There are no trees for shade and sun loungers and parasols come with a fee. The property is very well equipped with a kitchen area, bathrooms, showers, a dive center, a restaurant that is always full of crowds. The car park is at the top and overlooking the beach with its bay and other nearby attractions. From Willemstad it is about 30-35 minutes by car.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
“This is a national park at the northern side of the island. Very impressive to see what nature does to the shore. Enjoy the view!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Snack Place
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“This is another locally visited beach. ​There is an entry fee per vehicle, which ensures the cleanliness of the beach. The seating is free; however, we recommend arriving earlier to find a spot in the shade. There is a restaurant offering midday snacks​ and delicious milkshakes for when you're hungry, after snorkeling. We rate this beach 4 stars ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“Miles, named after Jazz legend Miles Davis, is a cozy Jazz Café in the Nieuwestraat. Here you can enjoy laid back Jazz music from real vinyl turntables and cold drinks in a relaxing atmosphere. It's a small place which is visited by locals and tourists alike. It's easy to meet new people here. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Lounge
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“Hang out during the day or at night with a beautiful view of town at this city beach club”
  • 32 locals recommend
Farm
“Our Safari Tour takes you across the farm where you will see all the stages of the life of the ostrich. Of course you can also feed the ostriches yourself. Restaurant Zambezi The restaurant offers you delicious dishes for lunch or dinner. And of course you can opt for the ostrich carpaccio or ostrich steak.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Great views and very nice local food .This place you need to book few days before to get Best Special table facing the Water .6 min walk”
  • 26 locals recommend
Historic Site
“ There are different restaurants you can choose. On Fridays there is live music. People like to go there in the evening. Is in the city of Curacao and you can see the tourist boat entering our city, that is a nice view. And you can see our swinging bridge that connects Punda and Otrabanda. You can take Pictures from there too.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Located in Coral Estate, Very good food, full menu for breakfast lunch or dinner, very nice for a day on the beach with great drinks and cocktails.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Lodging
“Beautifully rebuilt historical quarter by Jacob Gelt Dekker. The slavery museum Kura Hollanda is the best of the Caribbean region, according to Lonely Planet. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Sometimes you feel like you want to have toast for breakfast, or as the Dutch say it: "A Toasty". For this we go to Zansi where they als serve a good coffee. They have more breakfast options, not a lot, but what they have is good. Only negative might be that they only start serving as of 09.00.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Lounge
“Hang out during the day or at night with a beautiful view of town at this city beach club”
  • 32 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Great views and very nice local food .This place you need to book few days before to get Best Special table facing the Water .6 min walk”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located in Coral Estate, Very good food, full menu for breakfast lunch or dinner, very nice for a day on the beach with great drinks and cocktails.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Modern Fusion restaurant with exquisite dishes and cocktails made with local ingredients. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Lounge
“Great hangout for cocktails and drinks. Thursday night Salsa Party and Tuesday's live Tango demonstrations.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Delicious seafood in a cozy environment, where culinary connoisseurs can find a new home. Since it opened in January 2009, Fishalicious may be relatively new but under the inspiring leadership of Michelle and her partner Auke from Urk (a well known fishermen’s village in The Netherlands), who like no other knows everything about fish.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Great beach bar / restaurant which often has live musci from a variety of local bands.”
  • 17 locals recommend

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