Things to do in Curacao

Whether you are exploring the island for a day or a week, you can find a vibrant selection of things to do in Curaçao. Take a drive through Christoffel National Park. Twenty-five miles from Willemstad, this 1800- hectare preserve is formed from three old plantations. It was built by a director of the Dutch West India Company in 1662. There are two driving routes with 20 miles of dirt roads—so you’ll definitely want to rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Take your camera and watch for cacti, orchids, iguanas, deer, wave-battered limestone cliffs and caves bearing ancient drawings.

Checking out the world below the surface is easily one of the top things to do in Curaçao. For snorkeling or scuba diving, your best bet is on the south side of the island at the Curaçao Underwater Marine Park, where you can explore more than 12 miles of protected reefs. A top sight is the SS Oranje Nassau, a shipwreck from 1906 found in the Seaquarium area. What to do in Curaçao if you want a classic souvenir? Go to the Punda district, where you can find Delft blue china, embroidered linens and jewelry. Don’t miss a stop at the Blue Curaçao Liquor Factory or Mansion Chobolobo, where you can buy a bottle of the island’s namesake liqueur, made from native oranges.

Don’t leave Curaçao without a bottle of its namesake liqueur, made from native oranges.