Have you been to Curaçao with kids? I haven’t but recently met someone who has and who came back with amazing stories and photos bursting with colour: Karlien, author of the family travel blog Reistips met Kids (in Dutch).
Karlien went to Curaçao with young kids at the end of 2015. They spent almost three weeks there and they loved it, so I asked her to share some of her tips about visiting Curaçao as a family.
Curaçao at a glance
- Curaçao is located in the Southern Caribbean sea, approximately 40 miles off the coast of Venezuela
- Best time to go: Curaçao is close to the equator and, as such, experiences pretty stable weather conditions all year round. The best time to travel it is said to be between May and November, the low tourist season, when the weather is good but prices for accommodation and transport are lower
- Currency: the Antillean Guilder, also known as the florin
- Entry requirements: According to the Curaçao Tourism Board, generally tourists holding a valid passport may enter Curaçao without a written permit and remain for a period of up to 90 days. However, several nationalities (e.g. Cuba, Haiti, Peru) must present a tourist visa as part of our entry requirements.
Curaçao with kids: highlights
Family friendly beaches in Curaçao
The beautiful beaches are one of the main reasons why Curaçao is such a nice island to visit. I was stunned by how beautiful they are: the sand is so white and the water is so blue. You can go snorkelling anywhere on the island!
We really liked Daaibooi beach. This is a small and free beach on the Western part of the island. There is a little bar where they sell french fries and soft drinks. If you want to spend a couple of hours on this beach, I suggest that you bring some of your own foods.
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Bluebay beach is a more touristic beach and you’ll have to pay a small entrance fee. This beach is really white and beautiful. There are more facilities, also for kids.
Kokomo beach was one of my favourite beaches on Curaçao. It is free to enter, although you pay a little fee to rent a chair. It has a small play house for the kids, nice blue water and a restaurant.
Other good beaches are playa Kanepa grandi, Jan Thiel Beach, Playa Porto Marie and Playa Lagun.
Family Friendly Restaurants in Curaçao
There are so many good restaurants on the islands. On Curaçao, we found some restaurants where we could sit for hours, enjoying the sun, while the kids could play.
Sol Food Curaçao is the place where you have to go to if you like pizza, brownies and an amazing view. The owners are from America and offer great good, great service and they like kids. There is a big hallway and there are some toys. So the kids were playing in this hallway and we enjoyed the views and the food.
Karakter is amazing as well. This is a beach club that is open from 8 in the morning till late at night. There isn’t a real beach but you can swim there. They have the best ice cappuccino.
Zest is a beach club with a nice white beach. This beach is really popular! Zest has great food for a good price and the kids can play on the beach while waiting.
Driving around Curaçao
Curaçao has so much more to offer than just very nice beaches. I recommend to rent a car and discover the island. Willemstad is the capital and is nice to visit! Walk around the city, go shopping and check out the harbour with the colourful houses. (Editor’s note: Willemstad has ann important historical area and is a UNESCO World heritage site)
There are two different walks in Hofi Pastor, a little park. Our kids really liked walking here.
Christoffel park is known as the highest “mountain” of the island, and has some car and hiking routes so you can combine walking with discovering the best beaches!
My children always want to go to playgrounds. A really nice and beautiful one is Baby Park Tutu. You don’t pay entrance and it’s always open.
There is a zoo in Willemstad, which is also free to enter and has two playgrounds.
Sambil Mall has an indoor playground, which is great for rainy days or when it’s too hot. There is a cinema in this mall and you can jump in Zero Gravity.
With all those beaches and water, there must be some watersports! You can go snorkeling at almost every beach but make sure you bring your own gear or go to a beach with a lot of facilities so you can rent gear.
You and your kids can learn to windsurf (which is really lots of fun). Also, if you want to discover life in the water, you don’t have to dive as Curaçao has a great aquafari (you can read more about it here)
I want to thank you Karlien for taking the time to share her knowledge about Curacao! This is a destination I knew little about but that seems perfect for a relaxing break in the sun.
This is a destination I knew little about but that seems perfect for a relaxing break in the sun. Karlien has some additional tips and for Curacao on a budget – make sure you check them out.
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Have you been to Curacao with kids? Would you like to visit?
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