Clear waters. You will not be able to wrap your mind around how clear the water is until you leave and talk about it with your friends. Curacao’s beaches are amazing to say the least and attempting to talk about all of them in one post is a mistake, so we will start with a little taste of snorkeling and some good photography as an appetizer.
I lost my PADI card a few years back in Thailand and there I was swimming in one of the best dive locations in the world with a snorkel on, staring at bubbles floating up from the depths. It didn’t bother me that much given the fact that I was snorkeling around a sunken Tugboat and the visibility was perfect. This says a lot because whenever I go snorkeling I would always wish I were diving instead. I was at the tugboat and I was headed towards Director’s bay where the snorkeling was great. Curacao is many a snorkeler’s/diver’s heaven in that the entire southern coast is dotted with dive and snorkeling sites.
You really cannot miss when looking for a beach in Curacao but as a heads up, keep in mind that if you are staying in town (Willemstad is pretty much the only town) you are not close to a beach, you will need to rent a car. I highly recommend this since the minimum for a cab ride is $10. You can imagine how expensive transportation can be. While I was there I was able to find a rental car company that charged $35 a day – this included insurance.
Some snorkeling spots on Curacao that I recommend are:
2. Director’s bay
3. Jan Thielbaai
4. Oswaldo’s Drop Off
5. Playa Kalki
6. Either Grote or Kleine Knip