If you go to Curacao, you also want to go to the beach. Curacao is known for having several beautiful and large sandy beaches on the island. For example, there is Mambo Beach or Playa Porto Marie, but the most authentic beach on Curacao is really Grote Knip. There are no large beach bars or luxurious sunbeds on this beach yet, but mainly rocks and lots of sand. This beach also attracts many locals from Curacao who come here every weekend by car or motorcycle. Grote Knip is beautiful and even from the parking lot you already have a beautiful view over this authentic sandy beach!
The water at this beautiful beach is bright blue and great for swimming. Grote Knip also has a number of cliffs that you can dive from if you dare. This is a great experience for somewhat daredevils and is therefore very popular among the young people in Curacao. They regularly dive from here. If you like snorkeling, this beach also has a lot to offer. Not only can you dive off cliffs and swim in beautiful, bright blue water, but you can also swim out to the reef and go snorkelling. This way you can admire all the beauty of this sea even better! However, this reef is set back from the beach, so be prepared to have a swim.
This beach is probably the most famous beach on the entire island, but it is also the furthest away from Willemstad. This beautiful beach is also called Kenepa Grandi and is located near Kleine Knip. In addition, on many beaches in Curacao you have to pay for access which is a shame, because everyone should be able to visit these beautiful beaches. Fortunately, Grote Knip is free! This is also one of the many reasons that the locals go there every weekend. It’s always great fun with the locals on the beach and this is also one of the reasons the beach is so authentic! However, there are also no large beach bars and that is why the locals bring their own food and drinks. A BBQ is also often enjoyed in the evening at Grote Knip. There is a beautiful atmosphere on this authentic beach and everyone who goes to Curacao should have been here at least once! Grote Knip is also known for its fine sand and the beautiful blue sea, so it really is a true picture. There is even a raft in the middle of the water. This is great to relax on, for example after snorkeling at the reef. There is definitely something for everyone at Grote Knip! Outside of swimming, snorkeling or relaxing on the raft, you can of course also lie in the sun on the beautiful sandy beach and sunbathe. A trip to Grote Knip is suitable for everyone and always promises to be a wonderful day!
Grote Knip is of course a bit away from Willemstad. It is 40 minutes by car from Willemstad to Grote Knip. Don’t worry though, because this trip isn’t that bad. On the way to the beach you will be able to see all kinds of sights of the island. You will always be amazed at Curacao! Once you’ve arrived at the beach, you and your family can relax and unwind. However, don’t forget to take a photo of Grote Knip from the parking lot at the top. Not only is this of course a beautiful photo, but it is also direct proof that you have visited the most famous and popular beach of Curacao, Grote Knip. However, it is not only well known and popular, but also the most authentic, which is what makes it so special.
There is much to experience at Grote Knip and it has everything needed for a great outing. It is also quite practical to visit. Although it is 40 minutes from Willemstad, the journey is an experience in itself and flies by, there is more than enough space in the parking lot of the beach to park the car. There is also security on the beach so that you can feel safe and the beach itself is quite clean. Unfortunately there are no showers on the beach, but luckily there are toilets. Grote Knip is therefore also completely suitable to come with the children.
There are also sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach so that you can relax. It is a sandy beach with beautiful bright blue water in the sea. There are places to eat and drink here, but it is also possible to bring your own. A small drawback, for some at least, is that it can be quite busy on the beach, especially on weekends. However, this is more than compensated for by how cozy it is on the beach. There is also a lot of locals and many people often have a BBQ.
Although Grote Knip is a very popular beach on Curacao, Mambo Beach is also popular with tourists. This beach is located in the landscaped Sea Aquarium Beach, where you can also find the Curacao Sea Aquarium. It is possible to swim with dolphins here and the beach is a great place to go out! This beach is somewhat more luxurious than Grote Knip. Shops have been built and performances are often held by well-known artists. There are also several lounge areas on this beach. If you compare Mambo Beach with Grote Knip, they are two very different beaches, although they are both extremely popular. If you are mainly interested in a beach with luxurious facilities or if you like the nightlife on Curacao, Mambo Beach is the right beach for you. Grote Knip, on the other hand, is very suitable for people who like to mix with the locals, like a somewhat quieter beach and people who would like to visit an authentic beach on Curacao, instead of one that is completely filled with shops.
Do you want to discover more beautiful beaches on Curacao? Then visit our blog ‘ Top 10 most beautiful beaches of Curacao ‘ and discover a number of other gems of the island. But the most beautiful beach is perhaps the beach of the uninhabited island of Klein Curacao. Curacao Trips invites you to board one of our beautiful boats and take you to this beautiful island near Curacao.