Playa Porto Marie. Photo by AdrianL.
Apart from swimming, snorkeling and diving you could:
• windsurf/kite surfing are readily available activities in Curaçao, and get the same steady breeze and warm waters that brothers-in-wind Aruba and Bonaire get. Half a dozen watersports centres can supply the rigs.
• kayaking has several professional organizations offering kayaking tours. Each one provides a choice of locations, from Spanish Water’s inlets and sea grass snorkel spots to a full day, sunrise or sunset trip along Curaçao’s coastline.
• go fishing – at least a dozen fishing boats/yacht operations with differing budget levels.
• horseback ride through wild Caribe scenery with one of three stables.
• golf on one of three courses, two 18 hole and one 9 hole.
• Drag Racing! Yup, unique to Curaçao in the Caribbean on Curaçao International Raceway. Weekend street-legal races as well as occasional international competitions.
• hiking/biking/driving around Curaçao’s largest National Park, Christoffelpark.
The park has a rich variety of local flora and fauna and there are eight hiking trails, from an easy walk up to a challenging hike to the top of Mt. Christoffel. Bikes can be rented or scenic car routes are also possible.
The park also organizes various activities such as wildlife watching expeditions, animal presentations, cave excursions, a guided park tour and many special trips like occasional full moon walks and sunrise safaris.
• mountain biking, solo or with a group, regular cycle or mountain bike. Bikes can be rented in Willemstad. Biking is a popular way to explore the island and off-road tours are popular. For example there’s:
– Jan Thiel lagoon trail on the southeast side of the island, a unique nature reserve on Curaçao with rare vegetation and masses of bird life – flamingos, parakeets, pelicans.
– Christoffel Park Trail crosses three former plantations with a lot of indigenous flora and fauna as well as ancient caves with Indian paintings, an old copper mine, Piedra di Monton and the Savonet Country House.
– St Joris Bay to Koraal Tabak. This route runs from the mangroves of St. Joris Bay to Koraal Tabak. – a cave well worth visiting. Along the rugged north coast there are varied spectacular landscapes.
• sailing the Caribbean aboard a big Cat, over to Klein Curaçao for snorkelling or diving, cruising with sunset drinks/dinner trips, fishing trips.
• Shete Boka National Park (coastal)
Boca Tabla is a short, coastal, moonscape walk with exploding waves, cave, natural arch and iguanas by the kilo. It’s not more than 15 minutes hike on a well marked trail but pleasant, even interesting.
Boka Pistol a short drive away that specializes in banging, percussive waves from a blow hole, along with smashing windows as local teenagers help themselves from tourist rental cars. May be better to visit with a tour. Either that or borrow a hungry doberman.
• gambling. There are a dozen dull casinos to waste your time and money.
• or for kids try Curaçao Seaquarium, the Dolphin Academy, horseback riding or the Ostrich Farm!
• and then there’s paint balling, off-road buggy/ATV touring, tennis, bowling, rappelling, paddle surfing. . . .