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Bandabou (or ‘under side’) is the rural, western part of the island. This is
where you will find some of the most beautiful beaches of the island – as
well as the national parks.
Christoffel Park. Hike up 372 meters / 1,220 feet to the top of
Christoffelberg, Curaçao’s highest peak, to enjoy stunning views
of this beautiful nature preserve. Get an early start to avoid the
midday heat and don’t forget your walking shoes and a water bottle.
Set out on your own or take a tour by jeep, mountain bike, or on
horseback. For an extra-special experience, there are occasional
full-moon hikes, sunrise safaris, and you can even camp on the
seaside of the park.
Shete Boka National Park. Shete Boka lies on the western shore of
the island, alongside Christoffel Park, and is home to a dozen ‘bokas’
or coves. Your visit starts at Boka Tabla, where white waves crash
into an underground grotto. Stroll up to the limestone terrace for
inspiring views of the waves breaking on the rugged north shore.
Don’t miss ‘Pistolero’ ravine where the waves echo like gunshots.
Hato Caves. The Hato Caves were formed millions of years ago
under the sea. During the Ice Age, water levels dropped and
Curaçao was born. Covering 4,900 square meters / 52,700 square
foot, the cave complex is home to limestone formations, the famous
Madonna statue, and a colony of rare long-nosed bats.
Flamingos on the Salt Flats. From Willemstad, head towards
Willibrordus to reach the salt flats where, with any luck, you’ll find
flocks of flamingos. Park alongside the road near Landhuis Jan
Kok for excellent up-close views of these majestic pink creatures.
You can also find flamingo colonies at the Sint Michiel and Jan
Thiel salt flats.
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