The Top 10 Things to Do in Curaçao

By Cait KontailsCait KontailsCait KontailsCait is a Chicago-based Greek-American but spends most of her year floating around the globe. She holds a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Nonprofit Management. Her favorite destinations include visiting her homeland in Greece, the Black Hills of South Dakota, and wherever her partner is stationed abroad.Meet Our Team | Updated on April 18, 2024 | Posted In: Honeymoon Destinations

Curaçao‘s self-proclaimed motto, “Feel for Yourself,” is spot on. Caribbean islands tend to get lumped together by potential honeymooners, but this one truly stands out.

While not as famous as its “ABC islands” cousin Aruba, Curaçao offers more to lovebirds than romantic all-inclusive hotels. There’s an artistic culture here that mixes passion, European and Caribbean charm, and an eclectic spirit into one truly delightful melting pot. This guide will walk you through the top ten things to do in Curaçao to truly feel the island for yourself.

Things to Do in Curaçao

Let’s explore all the beautiful things to do in Curaçao on your honeymoon:

1. Explore Willemstad by Electric Scooter

On an island with major Dutch influence, it should come as no surprise that bike and scooter tours are incredibly popular activities. While a little intimidating at first, it only takes a few practice runs to get the hang of this unique way to see the island.

An excursion with Iguana Ride Curaçao is a great option as it is centrally located in the city’s heart. The company offers electric scooter rentals and guided tours to explore the beautiful capital city of Willemstad.

2. Unwind with 8 The Experience

Nothing says honeymoon like a spa day. 8 The Experience is the perfect place to celebrate the end of a stressful season of wedding planning. With services like couple’s massages, facials, and body treatments, this spa will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

The spa is also known for its beautiful hot tubs overlooking the Caribbean Sea, providing a peaceful ambiance to truly unwind. Book a day pass and dedicate time to doing absolutely nothing but being pampered.

3. Snorkel at the Iconic Sunken Tugboat

As a Caribbean island, it can be hard to compete with the coral reefs of Aruba and Bonaire. However, Curaçao’s sunken tugboat is a hotbed for colorful marine life.

Located just off the east coast of Caracas Bay, this snorkeling spot is easily accessible and perfect for all levels of experience. If you’re looking for a guided experience, booking a tour with Myronchi will include snorkeling equipment and knowledgeable local guides. When you want to take a break, there’s an adorable beach bar on the shore that serves tasty drinks and snacks and has sunbeds for rent.

Curaçao is particularly unique for its artistically talented local population. It seems everyone on this island has a special gift, whether it’s creating paintings or creating cocktails.

A standout local is Francis Sling, whose gallery, Maison Sling, features portraits, paintings, photography, and murals. In fact, you’ll likely see Sling’s murals scattered across different local businesses as you explore the island.

5. Party at Chill Beach Bar & Grill for Happy Hour

Happy hours are a staple of Curaçao culture – and Friday night at Chill Beach Bar is the place to be. Located just steps away from LionsDive Beach Resort, Chill Beach Bar offers a laid-back atmosphere with bumpin’ music, delicious food, and irresistible drink specials.

This is the perfect spot to start your weekend off right or to end a day of exploring Curaçao. Note that if you visit any other day, the vibes are actually indeed “chill.” It’s Friday night when the tunes are cranked, and the party doesn’t stop until the sun comes up.

6. Spend the Day at Koko’s Beach

For a quintessential Caribbean beach day, camp out at the trendy Koko’s Beach. The onsite restaurant is famously delicious (try the Mediterranean pizza), and with a gorgeous beachfront location, it’s the ideal spot to relax, sunbathe, and sip cocktails.

But if you’re not in the mood for lounging around, Koko’s has plenty of activities to keep you busy. Try your hand at kayaking, scuba diving, or stand-up paddleboarding on the crystal blue waters.

7. Get Lost in Mango Trees at Hòfi Mango

A relatively new experience on the island, Hòfi Mango is home to one thousand mango trees. While formerly a plantation, the island has reclaimed its complicated past and created a stunning nature park for all to enjoy.

Visitors are invited to wander through the groves and enjoy a refreshing treat at their onsite restaurant. There are even opportunities to taste a local rum!

8. Rejuvenate with the Universal Alchemist 

Another fine example of creativity on the island is the Universal Alchemist, created by Marerly “Elly” Sambo. Elly’s positive spirit is contagious, and you’ll likely be greeted with a hug like you’re longtime friends.

She offers a plethora of services and products including essential oils and vibrational wellness sessions that are essentially healing and life coaching meetings. She travels around the island, but many of her services take place at the darling Hofi Cas Cora. What better way to start your marriage than with good vibes from Elly?

9. Explore the Kura Hulanda Village

The Kura Hulanda Village has undergone quite a few changes over the past decades. Its history is dark, as the center of the island’s slave trade. But, like Hòfi Mango, the locals have reclaimed its history and made it into a beautiful public space.

Formerly a massive hotel property, the village is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers visitors a glimpse into Curaçao’s vibrant culture. It also boasts a museum, hotel, restaurants, and shops within its cobblestone streets. A great place for a romantic dinner is Caleo Crudos & Parilla which serves up delectable tapas-style dishes like fire-roasted edamame and smoked beef carpaccio.

10. Treat Yourself to a Beachfront Resort

For those seeking ultimate relaxation and luxury, Sandals Royal Curaçao offers an unrivaled beachfront resort experience. Nestled on the scenic shores of this vibrant island, Sandals Royal Curaçao boasts pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and world-class amenities tailored for romantic getaways. With its luxurious accommodations, diverse dining options, and a plethora of water sports and activities, this resort ensures an unforgettable stay for couples and honeymooners.

Equally enchanting, LionsDive Beach Resort serves as a haven for honeymooners looking to be closer to town. Renowned for its commitment to sustainability and conservation, LionsDive is positioned alongside Curaçao’s famous Mambo Beach, providing guests direct access to the water and lively beachfront bars and restaurants. Whether you’re interested in snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply lounging by one of the pools, LionsDive offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation in a breathtaking setting.

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