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The Hidden Gems of Curacao

A lot of travelers look to Instagram and other social media sites to find great locations for their travel destinations. With the instant sharing of information and travel photos, it can be difficult to find concealed spots off the beaten path in famous tourist destinations. 

Curaçao is a small island renowned for its pristine beaches and historic architecture and culture. As a prominent cruise ship stop, most areas of the island have become famous tourist destinations for sightseeing in Curaçao. But the island still has a few secret spots hidden up its sleeve. Below, we are going to reveal the hidden gems of Curaçao which believe it or not, most Instagrammers have yet to discover.

Playa San Juan
The San Juan Beaches of Curaçao are actually divided into three private beaches: Playa Manzalina, Playa Largu, and Playa Shon Mosa. Located only seven minutes from the main road, the entrance fee costs 8 guilders or $4.50. The beach is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

The beaches are completely surrounded by nature, a rocky path and beautiful trees. This beautiful spot is a gorgeous break from the busier beaches of the island and a great place to just be one with nature.

Boka Pistol (in the Shete Boka national park)
The natural park is a rugged 2.5-mile (4 km) trial wherein you will find Boka Pistol. Boka Pistol is a natural blowhole which gets its name from the sound of the huge waves bursting into the sky with gunshot-like explosions. This spot provides breathtaking views of the ocean. This overwhelming site is definitely a sight to behold when traveling around Curaçao.

Blue Room Cave 
The Blue Room Cave is almost entirely submerged underwater, so for those planning to explore this spot, it will take a bit of snorkeling experience and skill. The cave gets its name from the effect that the sunlight brings in to this snorkeling spot. The entire Blue Room gets illuminated by a deep blue light resorting in majestic underwater scenery. 

Playa Piskado
This spot is not well known to tourists but is frequented by many locals. Playa Piskado roughly translates to "Fisherman's Beach". Local fishermen keep their boats anchored offshore and bring in their daily catch. Playa Piskado is a great beach for a small side trip when you're touring around the island as you will have a strong chance of spotting Curaçao's sea turtles under the water’s surface. Be sure to bring a snorkel set or water goggles to make the most of the experience. 

There is a wide variety of sights to see and places to visit around the island of Curaçao, but other than the popular spots, it's always a great idea to get to know the local life and culture of a country, visit more rugged locations and enjoy the hidden spots the island has to offer.