Beach, Willemstad, Curaçao

Beach near Willemstad

Overview of the (Private) beaches in the area of Willemstad.
Avila Beach Hotel
Admission price: Adults: NAfl. 6.85 (children half price)
Opening hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (closed on weekends for guests not staying at the hotel)
This small, quiet cove is protected by breakwaters. In the shade on the terrace overlooking the beach, adults can sip their drinks while small children paddle in the shallow water. The bar and restaurant are located on the beach itself. Topless bathing is prohibited. The hotel is about a 15-minute walk from Punda.

Entrance fee: NAfl. 5,- per person
Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (the bar stays open until late)
This long, crowded beach is popular with everyone and is great for people-watching. Topless bathing is very common here. Breakwaters keep out the rough sea. On weekends and vacations, you can expect a lot of bathers. Parasols and palms provide some shade. You can also rent beach chairs.Amenities include beachfront bars, a souvenir and water sports store, and water sports equipment rentals. Large water sports activities are organized here on a regular basis, and the water is well suited for advanced windsurfers.

Barbara Beach
Entrance fee: NAfl. 4,- per person
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This long sandy beach lies along the canal of a future resort area. There is a casual atmosphere and the beach is long enough for a leisurely stroll. You can swim extensively in the canal, where yachts and sailing boats sail by (the swimming area is cordoned off). You can also laze in the shade of the palm trees and other gnarled trees on the waterfront, while the kids paddle in the calm, shallow waters (beach chairs are available for rent). The beach is very popular with families. Topless bathing is permitted.
The snack bar has a comfortable patio in the shade and there are no radios or loud music.