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Curacao Sights

Playa Porto Mari

Updated 02/27/2014

Fodor's Review

Calm, clear water and a long stretch of white sand are the hallmarks of this beach. Without the commercial bustle of Seaquarium Beach, it's one of the best for all-around fun, and it therefore draws throngs of local families and tourists on the weekends. A decent bar and restaurant, well-kept showers, changing facilities, and restrooms are all on-site; a nature trail is nearby. The double coral reef—explore one, swim past it, explore another—is a special feature that makes this spot popular with snorkelers and divers. The entrance fee (including one free beverage) is $2 on weekdays, $3 on Sunday and holidays. From Willemstad, drive west on Westpunt Highway for 4 miles (7 km); turn left onto Willibrordus Road at the Porto Mari billboard, and then drive 3 miles (5 km) until you see a large church; follow signs on the winding dirt road to the beach. Amenities: food and drink; lifeguards; parking; showers; toilets. Best for: partiers; snorkeling; swimming; walking.

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