Kayaking in Curacao

Lagoons Tours and Coastal Paddles

In or out? In Curaçao, paddlers can do both. At resorts scattered along the island's southern coast and west end, clear Caribbean waters are just a paddle stroke away. Here, headlands, breakwaters and bays provide protection from the prevailing trade winds and ocean swells. Novices can hug the beach for a relaxing cruise, while more accomplished kayakers can venture farther afield along coastlines where colorful coral reefs rise close to the surface. Those who would rather stay inshore can paddle into calm lagoons, or join an organized tour that takes in mangrove forests and sand flats where fish flit through the shallows.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, solos, couples and families looking for watersports and adventures from soft to rugged
  • Best season to visit: Year-round, as it's below the hurricane belt
  • Weather: Steady easterly trade winds, sunny and dry in the winter with temperature in the 70s. Summer sees mid 80s in the daytime, with occasional evening showers

Curaçao Information

Paddle Sports in Curaçao Overview

In or out? In Curaçao, paddlers can do both. At resorts scattered along the island's southern coast and west end, clear Caribbean waters are just a paddle stroke away. Here, headlands, breakwaters and bays provide protection from the prevailing trade winds and ocean swells. Novices can hug the beach for a relaxing cruise, while more accomplished kayakers can venture farther afield along coastlines where colorful coral reefs rise close to the surface. Those who would rather stay inshore can paddle into calm lagoons, or join an organized tour that takes in mangrove forests and sand flats where fish flit through the shallows.

Paddle Sports in Curaçao Tips

To add an additional element to kayaking trips in Curaçao, pack some snorkel gear. There are a number of shallow, snorkel-worthy coral reefs along the island's southern coast that lie close to shore. Reaching these sites can be as easy as beaching the boat and donning the gear. One favorite destination is Caracas Bay, where there are both reefs and a shallow shipwreck.

Best Places for Paddle Sports in Curaçao

From a launch point at the Curaçao Hilton, paddlers can embark on self-guided paddles into blue water, or turn inland to explore Piscadera Bay. Guided tours of the bay take in a mangrove forest and a nursery area where more than 40,000 new trees have been replanted. The beach breakwater at Sunscape Curaçao provides a safe area for novices and younger kayakers to hone their skills. On the island's west coast, the cliffs above Playa Grandi create sheltered waters.

What to Pack for Paddle Sports in Curaçao

A swimsuit if using a sit-on-top kayak. Sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat and a long-sleeve shirt or water sports top for sun protection. Sports sandals, flip flops or water shoes. Add a water bottle. Use a waterproof hard case or soft dry bag to store items that shouldn't get wet.

Specials

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Marriott Resort Curacao

WARM WINTER SALE + $100 PER ROOM RESORT CREDIT - includes 5 nights Garden View King Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives, free WiFi, hotel tax.

Optional add-ons for Watersports Activities and Topside Activities available in the shopping cart after room category is selected.

Valid for travel through 12/19/21. Rates from $722 per person/double diver. Book by 1/31/21. Rates vary based on travel date.

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Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino

SEIZE YOUR SUNSHINE SALE includes 5 night Garden View Room accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ocean Encounters Curacao, breakfast daily, scheduled entertainment and activities, non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 2/9/21 & 2/21/21-4/30/21. Rate from $914 per person/double diver.

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Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino

BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night Deluxe Garden View accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks, and beverages including alcohol, $200 per room resort coupons, scheduled entertainment and activities, non-motorized watersports, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges. Options to add-on Spa Package, Cultural Tours, Animal Encounter Snorkel Trips, Biking Adventures and Off-roading Tours.
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Scuba Lodge Boutique Hotel and Ocean Suites

This boutique hotel is located right next to the ocean and within walking distance to many tourist attractions including the Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge and the floating market. Hotel rooms and apartments have been restored and renovated without compromising its unique heritage and charm. Scuba Lodge also features an oceanfront restaurant and bar, two swimming pools, and a PADI-certified dive shop. There is a bus stop in front of the hotel and offers parking for guests.
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Sunscape Curacao Resort, Spa & Casino

Located just 10 miles from the Curaçao International Airport - Hato and 2 miles from the culturally diverse capital city Willemstad – a UNESCO World Heritage site – with distinctive architecture, museums, monuments and world-class shopping. This beautiful 1,500 ft. beach front Resort, with 341 spacious guest rooms and suites is right in front of the National Underwater Park and situated at one of the most developed tourist beach sites and has the most popular Casino onsite.
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LionsDive Beach Resort

Named one of the top 10 Caribbean dive resorts. Located on a beautiful white sandy beach, featuring Ocean Encounters, a PADI Five-Star IDC, and near historic downtown Willemstad. Lions Dive & Beach Resort Curacao has recent upgrades, renovations and a friendly, charming and sporty demeanor.
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All West Apartments & Diving

Surrounded by the tropical hills, and is ideal for catching spectacular sunsets and gazing at the fantastic star filled skies. All West has twelve fully equipped apartments with ocean views, and the beach below the apartments is great for swimming, snorkeling and shore diving.
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Blue Bay Curacao Golf & Beach Resort

BLUE BAY - Enjoy an amazing Curacao dive vacation at Blue Bay Golf & Beach located on the Historical grounds of what was Anno Blaauw's plantation. Services offered at the resort include onsite dive shop, beach shop, 18-hole golf course, driving range & putting green, sailing, massage on the beach or in rooms and sailing.
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LionsDive Beach Resort

WILLEMSTAD - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations, free WiFi, complimentary shuttle to Willemstad, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Options to add-on Cultural Tours, Off-roading Adventures, Snorkel and Animal Encounters and Biking Tours.
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Dreams Curacao Resort Spa & Casino

Nestled on the sandy beaches of Piscadera Bay on the unique island of Curaçao. With a prime location near one of the world’s most praised diving sites and a mere 15 minutes from Hato International Airport, guests will enjoy all the inclusions of Unlimited-Luxury®. Savor cuisine at seven dining options, including a brewery featuring local microbeers, and enjoy top-shelf spirits at four bars. Relax poolside or walk along our two beaches. Complete the day with a relaxing massage or body treatment at the Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Dreams Curaçao has everything for a picture-perfect island getaway.
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Marriott Resort Curacao

Located in the Southern Caribbean on six stunning oceanfront acres, 15 minutes from Hato International Airport and 5 minutes from historic Willemstad. Sweeping ocean views, sparkling pools, lush tropical gardens, and endless white sand beaches. World-class cuisine at multiple eateries throughout the resort ranging from casual to fine dining featuring a fusion of the Caribbean and European flair. Sweeping ocean views, two pools, lush tropical gardens, and endless white sand beaches perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy many activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, offshore fishing, kayaking, tours to plantations houses and Forts.

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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

Entry Requirements: A valid passport is required for U.S. Citizens with at least one blank page for passport entry stamp. No visa is required for entry.

Exit Requirements: There is a departure tax of $39(US) per person, which should be included in your International Airline Ticket taxes. If you are travelling to another island from Curaçao, inter-island domestic departure taxes apply and should be included in your airline ticket

Immunizations

Vaccinations are not required for entry into Curaçao. Check with your doctor and the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations for travel at www.cdc.gov.

 

Culture and Customs

Blessed as one of the best natural harbors in the southern Caribbean, Curacao has long been a regional crossroads not only for goods but also for people. This has resulted in a cultural fusion that includes more than 40 ethnic groups, each enriching the mix. Though Dutch is the official language, English is widely spoken and many islanders converse in Papiamentu, a dialect created from mixing of Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, and several African languages. The capital city of Willemstad is one of the oldest settlements in the Caribbean, dating back to the Dutch capture of the island from the Spanish in the early 17th century. Thanks to the well-protected harbor of St. Anna Bay, the town quickly grew into a busy trading port, and the seat of government for the Netherland Antilles. Today, most of the original colonial-era architecture survives and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The oldest part of the city, known as the Punda district, has always been Willemstad’s main shopping area. Here, pedestrian-only streets and narrow alleys create a picturesque atmosphere, full of life and color. Unique boutiques offer a diverse selection of European clothing, French perfumes, Japanese electronics, Irish crystal, English china, fine Italian leathers and Chinese embroidery, while sidewalk cafes serve up a tasty mix of island favorites and international flavors. Noteworthy landmarks include Fort Amsterdam, the Mikve Israel- Emanuel synagogue, which is the oldest in the western hemisphere and the Queen Emma floating bridge, a pontoon bridge. The Museum Kura Hulanda focuses on the slave trade, while the Maritime Museum recounts the island's nautical traditions. No visit is complete without a stop off at the floating market, where a colorful array of fruits and vegetables make their way from the nearby shores of Venezuela aboard small island trading vessels.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Electricity in Curaçao is 127/120 volts at 50 cycles and they use 2 prong plugs, so most appliances made in the USA will work well and should not require an adapter.

Curaçao's country code is 5999 with a 7 digit local phone number following the country code. UTS and CT are a few of the local companies providing phone and internet service. Check with your provider to see what plans are available or you will be subject to roaming charges. Many hotels and restaurants offer WiFi.

Water Quality

The water quality from the tap is safe to drink according to the ADC (Analytic Diagnostic Center). Bottled water is also readily available for purchase.

Language & Currency

Dutch is the official language, while Papiamentu is the most commonly spoken language. English and Spanish are all widely spoken and understood. Papiamentu is a form of Creole indigenous particularly to Bonaire, Curaçao, and Aruba, where it is considered the national language. You'll sound like a pro if you say 'Bon Dia' (Good Morning) or "Danki" (Thank you) to the locals.

The local currency is the Antillean guilder, abbreviated as Nafl. or ANG (also called the florin.) The exchange rate is set at ANG 1.79 to USD $1. Credit cards are often accepted, so exchanging money is not necessary. ATM's are available for withdrawals in USD or local currency

Time

Curaçao is on Atlantic Standard Time (AST) and does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Curaçao is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-4 GMT).

Location, Size and Population

Curaçao is an island located in the Southern Caribbean Sea. Curaçao is 42 miles east of Aruba, 30 miles west of Bonaire and approximately 40 miles north of South America. The island of Curaçao is 37 miles long and 8 miles wide with an area of 171 square miles. The population of Curaçao is 158,635 (2016).