Curacao Sea Aquarium
Head to the Curacao Sea Aquarium to see sharks, turtles, stingrays, rockfish, flamingoes, and other species that are native to the local waters and surrounding shores. Highlights include Ocean Lens Curacao, an underwater observatory that includes a large underwater window overlooking the reef drop-off; a marine expert is on hand to explain the view.
Visitors can also explore the reefs and wrecks down to 1,000 feet (305 meters) in the aquarium’s “Curasub,” take a guided snorkeling trip, feed flamingos, enjoy touch tanks, or simply take a guided tour of the facility. The aquarium also hosts a variety of feedings and animal shows throughout the day.
Things to Know Before You Go
You need to climb down a 16-foot (5-meter) ladder to reach the Ocean Lens.
The aquarium is next to Mambo Beach, where you’ll find shops and restaurants.
An on-site restaurant and a concession stand serve beverages, sandwiches, snacks, and more.
How to Get There
The Curacao Sea Aquarium is located on the Bapor Kibra peninsula in Willemstad, about a 15-minute drive southeast of the Queen Emma Bridge and the terminal where large cruise ships dock. Public transportation is limited, but taxis are available around Willemstad; keep in mind that the cabs are not metered but instead offer fixed rates for different destinations.
When to Get There
The aquarium is open daily from morning until early evening. Curacao’s attractions are busiest when cruise ships are docked and during the winter. Curacao typically isn’t affected by hurricanes, so it can be a pleasant place to visit between May and November, when other Caribbean islands may be experiencing stormy weather.
Gabled houses painted in a rainbow of vibrant colors define the look of downtown Willemstad. The town is divided into two sections, Punda and Otrobanda, and the pedestrian Queen Emma Bridge, which connects the two sides, opens to allow ships to pass through. Punda is a popular area with visitors and boasts a variety of shops and galleries.