Things to Do in Curaçao During a Cruise Visit
Are you looking for things to do in Curaçao during a cruise visit? Though your time might be limited to less than 24 hours you still have plenty of time to soak in all the beauty of Curaçao. This guide with things to do in Curaçao during a cruise visit will bring you to the most important highlights of the island. Take a taxi to the different sights and you’ll be able to make the most out of your visit.
Visit the Historic Centrum, Willemstad
When you dock at the shore, you’ll immediately step foot in the historic center at Otrobanda. Walk through the beautiful ancient fort, Fort Nassau, towards the iconic Swinging Old Lady and cross the bridge. At the other side you’ll see Punda and the Handelskade. This historic side of the island is filled with quaint souvenir shops, important landmarks, and places to have a traditional bite. Don’t forget to snap a picture of the Handelskade, one of the most photograph sights of Curaçao.
Visit the Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
While you’re in the historic center take a look at the synagogue in the heart of Punda. Many who visit the synagogue get surprised by its beauty and the history behind it. The floor is covered with sand and it has an elegant décor with many details.
Just a few minutes away from the city center with a taxi you’ll find the home of the Genuine Curaçao Liqueur. The Curacao Liqueur Distillery sits in a historic 19th-century mansion called Landhuis Chobolobo. On weekdays, you have the opportunity to follow one of their tours which end with, of course, a cocktail. Nothing like tasting a local product and having a tropical-hued cocktail to have that authentic Caribbean feeling. Definitely on the top of things to do in Curaçao during a cruise visit.
Have a Local Meal at Pop's Place
Pop’s place at Caracasbaai will give you the ultimate local experience. Situated next to the Caracasbaai beach you can indulge in the local cuisine in a very topical and local ambiance. Try the goat meat or fish with polenta. You won’t regret it!
Enjoy the Beach or Snorkel a Bit
We know that most of you wouldn’t want to leave Curacao without visiting one of our beaches, which is why we couldn’t leave it out of our list of thing to do in Curacao during a cruise visit. Caracasbaai is a great place for a swim but an even better place to snorkel. It’s not a sandy beach which is also why it has a nice and rich underwater life and it's not crowded with tourists. However, if you still desire a sandy beach to relax than Blue Bay is a good option to close your day with. You can buy a pass at the entrance which also includes a lounge bed. It’s close to the port and less crowded.