Where to Stay in Curaçao: 6 Best Areas and Hotels in 2024

A coastal town features colorful buildings, a docked cruise ship, a small beach area, and a large bridge in the background under a clear blue sky.

Start planning your island holiday with this amazing guide on where to stay in Curaçao! After thorough research, I’ve picked the top areas and most amazing hotels, which I listed from most to least expensive!

Willemstad is the best area to stay in Curaçao, as it is home to countless attractions and fab hotels! But, as always, I’ve included 5 more options, so definitely check it out!

Make sure to book your hotels in Curaçao in advance! This destination is super popular, and all the good spots will sell first!

Quick Picks for Your Stay

If you want to book now, then waste no more time, check out this quick list of the best hotels in Willemstad:

luxury hotel
Coastal resort buildings with wooden structures and tables, situated on a rocky shoreline with the ocean in the background.
mid-range hotel
A hotel room with two neatly made twin beds, a standing lamp between them, and a window with light partially drawn curtains. The walls are painted light blue, and a small wooden chair is near the window.
budget hotel
Outdoor swimming pool area with a wooden deck, lounge chairs, palm trees, and a covered seating area in the background against a blue sky.


Best affordable accommodation in the center

Here is a map to help you visualize where are located all the different areas and places to stay that I will be talking about:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in Curacao with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
  1. Willemstad: for first-timers
  2. Jan Thiel: for families
  3. Mambo Beach: for beaches
  4. Piscadera: for nightlife
  5. SINT MICHEL: for budget
  6. WESTPUNT: for a secluded stay

1. Willemstad – where to stay in Curacao for the first time

A waterfront scene with colorful Dutch colonial buildings, boats docked along the shore, and outdoor dining areas under white canopies. The water is calm under a clear sky.

Welcome to Willemstad, the largest town on the island and the capital city!

Here the vibrant atmosphere and colorful house will make you want to explore the streets all day long! Willemstad is also home to the main port area on Curacao, so you’ll see plenty of ships around.

Located in the central region of the island, this town is a great place for first-time visitors, as it’s absolutely packed with countless attractions, restaurants, bars and many other fun things to do. Plus, if you stay here, you won’t need a car to get around! You’ll only need one if you want to visit other towns on the island. 

The capital is home to 2 historic districts (Punda and Otrobanda) divided by the lovely St. Anna Bay (a narrow channel flowing into the Caribbean Sea) and connected by a bridge.

Punda has many narrow streets, shops, and museums. Some places that you should check out here are the Floating Market (map), the Handelskade Street (map) with its colorful buildings and the Old Market (map).

A wooden pedestrian bridge with overhead arch lights leads to a row of colorful buildings under a sunset sky.

Otrobanda, literally meaning the “The Other Side”, is the cultural heart of Willemstad and it has incredible places to visit like The Curaçao Museum, Curaçao Rif Mangrove Park (map), and Brión Square (map) where you can find some more colonial colorful houses. And if you’re looking for something different, check out the Renaissance Mall & Rif Fort (map) where you can drink and shop all day long!

I still haven’t mentioned the sea, have I? Don’t worry, Willemstad offers easy access to beaches and fun activities, like diving (Curacao is a well-renowned diving spot) and swimming with turtles or dolphins.

NOTE: Since this town is so big, and many of you will probably set base here, I decided to create 2 sections of hotels, categorized by interest, so let’s check them out below:

1.1 Best Resorts in Willemstad

Aerial view of a coastal resort town with buildings, solar panels, and a small beach with clear turquoise water, surrounded by rocks and palm trees.

Looking for a luxurious place where you literally don’t have to take care of anything? Then check out these incredible Curacao resorts that offer free access to private beaches, golf clubs, and spas:

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury hotel: a bedroom with ocean view, a tropical garden with a gazebo, and an oceanfront building with multiple balconies and a wooden observation deck.

Take your vacation to the next level with Avila Beach Hotel! While staying at this luxurious beach resort, you can relax at the full-service spa, catch sunsets by the outdoor infinity pool and enjoy some drinks at the private beach club. Make sure to take advantage of the several amazing activities they offer like scuba diving and swimming with dolphins!

Other all-inclusive accommodation in Willemstad 

A modern hotel room with a large bed, a sofa, a desk, and a balcony with a view of palm trees. The room features blue and white decor and wooden flooring.

A 4 star beach resort with central location, private beach, and a saltwater infinity pool

Outdoor pool area with steps leading into the water, surrounded by lounge chairs, umbrellas, tropical plants, and a poolside cabana under a clear sky with scattered clouds.

Enjoy the infinity pool of this beautiful resort that has family rooms with balconies and a restaurant 

A modern living room with a high ceiling, white walls, green accent wall, sofa, TV, dining table with chairs, and large windows letting in natural light.

This super spacious place has an open space area with a kitchen, air-conditioning and a Tv

1.2 Most romantic hotels in Willemstad for couples

A statue on a pedestal stands between two palm trees, overlooking a waterfront with colorful buildings in the background on a clear sunny day.

If you’re planning a romantic getaway or your honeymoon, then definitely check out the resorts below which offer a tranquil atmosphere, privacy and luxurious facilities:

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury hotel: a poolside view with lounge chairs and cabanas overlooks the ocean, a building with a Saint Tropez sign and hotel room with a bed and couch

Enjoy a romantic vacation in this beautiful beach resort that offers spectacular views of the ocean. Relax with your partner in the big outdoor pool, grab a cocktail at the beach bar, and try all the popular activities together like diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing. 

Other couples accommodation in Willemstad

A bedroom with a large bed featuring white bedding and black pillows, an overhead slanted ceiling, and a hanging chair with a black and white cushion.

A boutique hotel with air-conditioned rooms, balcony, and romantic ocean views

Modern resort with a swimming pool, lounge chairs, palm trees, and white buildings in the background.

Cozy apartments with views and access to an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, and a walk-in shower 

Modern, open-plan living area with a beige sofa, blue cushions, wooden coffee table, kitchen island with bar stools, and minimalist kitchen cabinets. Large windows allow natural light to fill the space.

Enjoy the panoramic view of the Caribbean sea from the balcony of this stylish place that has a kitchen

Things to do in Willemstad

  • Visit The Curaçao Museum
  • Eat yummy food at Old Market 
  • Shop until your drop at Rif Fort Village
  • Check out the colorful houses on Handelskade Street
  • Cross the Queen Emma Bridge, which connects the Punda and Otrobanda
  • Explore Brión Square
  • Buy souvenirs from Floating Market

2. Jan Thiel – where to stay in Curaçao with the family

Aerial view of a beach with clear blue water, beach chairs under palapas, rocky outcroppings, and nearby buildings surrounded by greenery.

Located on the South coast of the island just a 20 min drive away from Willemstad, this lovely city is perfect for a family holiday!

Not only does it have some of the most exquisite beaches on the island, but it also offers lots of water sports like water-skiing, snorkeling and many others!

What’s more, Jan Thiel is connected to Mambo Beach Boulevard by the Jan Thiel Salt Pans, a stretch of untouched nature offering hikes for all levels, that the whole family will enjoy!

Some other amazing places that you can visit here are  the Jan Thiel Beach (map) and the Caracas Bay Peninsula (map), one of the few rocky pebble beaches of the Caribbean island which is great for snorkeling, and diving.

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury hotel: an aerial view of two pools with cabanas, a family walking along a path, and a seating area with a view.

Such an amazing Curacao hotel that offers spacious, fully-equipped apartments that have a kitchen and a living room area. Start your morning with a coffee by one of the 3 swimming pools and then head for breakfast at one of the 2 on-site restaurants.

Other accommodation options in Jan Thiel

A tidy bedroom with a double bed, two bedside tables with lamps, and a colorful painting above the bed.

Amazing air-conditioned family rooms with a sea view,a private patio and free Wi-Fi

Outdoor pool area with colorful two-story buildings in the background. The pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and a small bar with stools under a pergola. A child is swimming in the pool.

This lovely hostel offers a swimming pool, free private parking and free bikes to explore Curacao

A spacious dining room with a wooden table, white chairs, a gallery wall of framed photos, and hats hanging on the wall. The room features a high ceiling with exposed beams and large windows.

Spacious room in a historic plantation house that has a shared pool and a kitchen 

Things to do in Jan Thiel

  • Relax on the white sand of Jan Thiel Beach
  • Go on a hike with the family at Jan Thiel Salt Pans
  • Grab a bite at Zanzibar Beach & Restaurant (map)
  • Try kayaking, snorkeling or diving in the Caracas Bay Peninsula

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3. Mambo Beach – great place for a beach holiday

Sunny beach with clear blue water, palm trees, black loungers, and a few people swimming and playing near the shore.

At Mambo Beach urban style meets beachy vibes!

Here you can spend days sunbathing on the sandy shores, shopping in the many boutique stores and eating yummy food in all the fab restaurants set on the beach like Bonita Beach Club Curaçao (map).

Mambo Beach Boulevard Mall (map) is a great place if you’re hunting for souvenirs! This mall by the beach has lots of restaurants and even more shops, where you can search for the perfect gifts.

Right near Mambo Beach, you’ll find the amazing Curaçao Sea Aquarium, a great place where you can see some cute dolphins and sea lions!

You’ll also find so many other amazing beaches to explore like Cabana Beach (map) and Marie Pampoen Beach (map), where you can chill all day long and enjoy the incredible island life!

Luxury hotel
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This luxury, eco-friendly resort comes with 4 restaurants, 3 outdoor pools, a relaxing wellness center with a spa, and an exciting Ocean Encounters premier dive shop! Take advantage of its great location and go check out Mambo Beach Boulevard’s shops, bars, and restaurants, all within walking distance from the resort.

Other accommodation options in Mambo Beach

Modern living room with gray sofas, a chair, TV on a white stand, a wall-mounted artwork, a mirror, a lamp, and vases. Neutral color palette and minimalistic decor.

French-Caribbean style apartments, great for families that have an outdoor pool and terrace

A neatly made bed with blue and white linens in a small bedroom. Two bedside tables with lamps are on either side, and framed artwork hangs on the wall. A stack of folded towels is on the bed.

Lovely suites with a private patio, access to a garden, and barbecue facilities

A serene outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees with a clear blue sky in the background. Green lounge chairs are placed on the poolside patio.

Entire condo located in a 5 stars beach resort with a private beach and pool

Things to do in Mambo Beach

  • Shop all day long at Mambo Beach Boulevard Mall 
  • Enjoy some drinks at Hemingway Bar (map)
  • Take your kids to the Curacao Sea Aquarium 
  • Explore the nearby beaches at Cabana Beach
  • Catch a sunset at Wet & Wild Beach Club (map)

4. Piscadera – where to stay in Curacao for nightlife

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Nestled between Willemstad and Sint Michiel, Piscadera is the ultimate destination for those of you who want to enjoy Curacao’s nightlife and amazing beaches!

Start your days here under a palm tree on Parasasa Beach (map) and snorkel the whole day in the blue waters of Blue Bay.

When the sun goes down, head for dinner at one of the amazing dining options like De Visserij piscadera (map), where you can enjoy some delicious seafood.

And of course, afterward, you can finish the night dancing on the beach or in one of the many crazy clubs, like Curadise Bar Restaurant (map), until the morning!

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury hotel: a living room, bedroom, and outdoor pool area with lounge chairs and palm trees.

Get ready for a dreamy vacation in this stylish and elegant beach resort, offering the typical warm Caribbean hospitality. With its amazing location the resort offers 2 outdoor pools, private ocean-front villas, and both local and international restaurants!

Other accommodation options in Piscadera

A modern bedroom with a large bed, two pillows, a patterned throw blanket, a wall decal, and a view into a small bathroom. The room features a gray curtain, white walls, and a light blue accent wall.

Private villas with access to a huge golf course, tennis courts and 3 restaurants 

A living room with a gray sectional sofa, a beige armchair, a wall-mounted TV, a small table with flowers, and a window with dark curtains. The floor is tiled, and the walls are painted white.

Apartments with perfect location close to Blue Bay beach and local restaurants

A modern, open-concept living and dining area with gray and white furniture, a ceiling fan, wall clock, and a visible kitchen in the background.

Great for a group of family or friends, this accommodation offers a full kitchen, a dining area and a patio

Things to do in Piscadera

  • Go snorkeling in the blue waters of Blue Ba
  • Spend the day relaxing on the white sand at Parasasa Beach
  • Eat delicious seafood at Pirate Bay restaurant (map)
  • Go hiking in the Seru area (map)

5. Sint Michiel – best place to stay in Curacao for budget

Three boats float on calm water under a vibrant sunset with scattered clouds in the sky.

Looking for a more affordable place to stay in Curacao? Then Sint Michel might be the right place for you!

This area is located a 20-min drive away from Curacao and it’s actually a former fishing village with lots of fabulous beaches like Boka Sami Beach (map), hiking areas and the most amazing thing (drum roll please), a Flamingo Habitat (map)!

Yep, you read that right, in Sint Michiel you’ll get to see those cute pink birds! 

Of course, you’ll also find the usual island activities like snorkeling and scuba diving! And there are also some other attractions, on dry land, like WWII Museum Curaçao (map).

When you’re not chilling on the beach or meeting flamingos, you can head to the Seru di Klein Sint Michiel (map) area and do a bit of hiking, you’ll get some fab views from there. 

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury hotel: a hotel with a courtyard pool surrounded by trees, along with a bedroom featuring a double bed, seating area, and modern decor.

An amazing hotel that has spacious stylish rooms, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. While here you can play gold, enjoy some drinks on the sandy shores and try all the water sports that they offer.

Other accommodation options in Sint Michiel

A backyard with a swimming pool, surrounded by palm trees and a white building, features lounge chairs under a pergola.

Chill by the pool and sun terraces of this hotel that offers a free airport shuttle and family rooms

A turquoise swimming pool with a red-brick border, lounge chairs under a pergola, and a white house with palm trees in the background on a partly cloudy day.

This affordable place comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and a dining area

A neatly made bed with gray bedding is centered in a room, flanked by patterned curtains featuring gray and yellow leaf designs. A vase with sunflowers stands in the corner beside the window.

Perfect for 2 guests, this accommodation comes with a kitchen and air-conditioning

Things to do in Sint Michel 

  • Enjoy the sun on Boka Sami Beach
  • Make some new friends at Flamingo Habitat
  • Learn new things at the WWII Museum Curaçao
  • Go hiking in the Klein Sint Michiel area 

6. Westpunt (Sabana Westpunt) – for a secluded stay

A tropical beach with clear turquoise water, lush green trees, and mountains in the background. People are sunbathing and swimming. Cacti are visible in the foreground.

Located on the Northern tip of the island around a 50 min drive away from Willemstad, this area is perfect for those who want to be far away from the tourist crowds!

Generally, the North part of Curacao is not as busy as the South and central part. Mostly because tourists choose the other cities since there are more hotels, restaurants and they’re closer to the airport. 

In Westpunt you’ll find gorgeous beaches, nature reserves, incredible diving spots and a tranquil atmosphere!

As for accommodations, they’re mostly apartments which can be super affordable if you want to share it with your friends! 

While here, you can relax on some of the best beaches like Playa Grandi (map) or Playa Kalki (map) where you can also go scuba diving and snorkeling!

Luxury hotel
Collage of 3 pics of luxury hotel: courtyard with pool and colorful chairs, person on a horse statue under palm trees, and a cozy room with a double bed and wooden flooring.

This is a great place that offers spacious apartments, an outdoor pool and a children’s pool. The hotel is surrounded by tropical gardens and it comes with a restaurant and an internet cafe. 

Other accommodation options in Westpunt

A small, tropical-style pool area surrounded by palm trees and vibrant greenery is overlooked by red-roofed buildings. In the background, a blue sky and distant landscape are visible.

A great place that offers an outdoor swimming pool, a private beach area and an airport shuttle 

A bright bedroom with a large bed, purple towels, striped bedspread, mosquito net, air conditioner, and sliding doors leading to an outdoor patio with seating.

These self-catering apartments come with sea views, an outdoor pool and free parking 

A living room with white walls and exposed beams, featuring a dark sectional sofa, a floor lamp, a rug, a bookshelf, and a counter topped with potted plants and a decorative bowl.

This home is great for a family and it features a kitchen, a washing machine and air-conditioning 

Things to do in Westpunt

  • Relax on Playa Grandi
  • Grab a bite at Sol Food (map)
  • Explore the Seru Kabayé (map) hiking area
  • Go scuba diving at Playa Kalki
👑 Luxury price:US$230
💵 Mid-range:US$140
🛏️ Budget:US$80
📍 Best area:Willemstad Curaçao
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:Avila Beach Hotel
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Wind Creek Resort 
👛 Best budget hotel:Apartments Curadise Living

FAQs about where to stay in Curaçao

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🏨 Which is the best place to stay in Curaçao?

Willemstad is the best place to stay in Curaçao! The capital city is home to countless attractions and it offers some amazing hotels like Curacao Avila Beach Hotel.

👨‍👨‍👧 What are the best places to stay in Curaçao with the family?

Jan Thiel is the best place to stay in Curaçao with your family! There are lots of kid-friendly activities there and amazing hotels like Morena Resort.

💑 What are the best places to stay in Curaçao for couples?

The best place to stay in Curacao for a romantic vacation is the Saint Tropez Boutique Hotel, one of the best resorts, the BijBlauw boutique hotel, with great value for price, or Curadise Living if you want to stay on a budget, all located in Willemstad!

💃 Which are the best places to stay in Curaçao for nightlife?

Some of the best places to stay in Curaçao for nightlife are Willemstad and Piscadera! These areas are home to many beach clubs and bars!

🏨 What is the best all-inclusive resort in Curacao?

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Curacao and it offers some amazing facilities like ocean-front villas, a spa, free bikes and many others.

🔝 What is the safest area in Curacao?

Willemstad is one of the safest areas on Curacao island as it’s always filled with tourists and it has everything you need for your stay!

🚗 Do I need a car in Curacao?

If you want to explore the entire island, I’d recommend getting a car. If you just want to stay in Willemstad, you won’t need a car. 

💸 Where to stay in Curacao on a budget?

Sint Michel is one of the best places to stay on a budget. There, you’ll find some affordable Curacao hotels and cheaper activities.

🐬 What side of Curacao has the best beaches?

You can find some of the best beaches in Curacao on the South-West coast!

Final thoughts on where to stay in Curacao

A row of colorful buildings along a waterfront is illuminated at dusk under a dramatic, partly cloudy sky, with reflections shimmering in the calm water.

Phew! You’ve made it to the end of this guide on where to stay in Curacao, in the Caribbean!

Already feeling more inspired to plan your trip to this secluded island? If so, then I recommend booking your hotels in advance, along with all the other things you’re doing for the trip, as Curacao is a super popular destination, and everything sells out in advance.

If you need some help picking your Curacao accommodations, then check out my top 2 favorite hotels, both located in Willemstad:

  • Curacao Avila Beach Hotel – luxurious beach resort offering all the comforts to relax and many exciting activities, right in the heart of Willemstad
  • Wind Creek Resort – a 4 stars beach resort with central location, beautiful private beach, and saltwater infinity pool

There you go! Enjoy your island holiday and as always, I’m still around for questions. Just drop me a comment below and I’ll answer ASAP!

Have an amazing trip,


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