Sea Turtle Hotspots

Curaçao is a natural hotspot for a lot of underwater creatures. It holds a true treasure for divers & snorkelers. One of my most amazing experiences here is swimming with sea turtles. They are just so extremely cool, and human friendly too. You can swim with them & they let you come really close. It gives such a calming & relaxed vibe..

Here are 3 Curaçao beaches where you have the best chances of spotting Sea Turtles:

Sea Turtle on Curacao

Playa Grandi

All the way up to Westpunt you have Playa Grandi. This beach is also known as Playa Piscado, the small fishermen’s beach. It is not the most beautiful – or comfortable – beach to lay at, but it offers amazing opportunities under water.

Local fishermen are cleaning their freshly caught fish & throw away the parts they do not need. This alone is an interesting spectacle to watch, but wait until you put on your underwater goggles. Sea turtles really love the free snack and swim therefore most of the time around the dock!

Because of the location of the beach – upper point of the island – the water is a bit wilder. Here you have more waves what makes snorkeling a bit more difficult: water near the coast is could be unclear. Nevertheless still more than worth it.

Playa Grandi is where I’ve spotted the biggest sea turtles so far. Every time I’ve visited this beach I’ve seen turtles, so from my experiences 100% turtle spotting guaranteed. Go around noon to be sure to see a big group of turtles swimming around for their lunch break.

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Playa Grandi / Playa Piscado

Playa Lagun

In comparison to Playa Grandi this beach wins it on its beachy vibes. Playa Lagun is a little gem hidden between two sides of rocky cliffs. While snorkeling you’ll see a lot of reef fish combined with healthy coral coverage and large sponges. This makes it the perfect place for bypassing sea turtles.

You have the best chance to see them here between 4 and 6 PM – that’s the time they swim into the bay to collect food.

This beach provides more than just a nice snorkeling area. Above the water – mainly on the rocks – you’ll see an extreme amount of iguana’s. If you go up to do a drink or bite at the local restaurant, don’t be surprised when one of these little dragons pays you a visit at your table.

Psst, let’s share some island beach secrets here: Life’s a beach: the Curaçao ‘Vitamin Sea’ guide

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Playa Lagun

Klein Curaçao / Little Curaçao

This one is a bit farther away. I’ve been two times to this deserted island and loved both experiences. Snorkeling here I’ve spotted many, smaller sea turtles. Encountering them here gave it all such a great vibe; they were extremely gracious.

Of course traveling to another island just to see sea turtles is a bit more expensive. But I can tell you it is more than worth it.

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29 thoughts on “Sea Turtle Hotspots

  1. Sea turtles are super cute. I would love to go and see them in their natural habitat. This is one for my 2018 travels x

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    1. They are adorable indeed! That’s a perfect new year’s resolution right there. Happy Holidays!

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  2. My friend absolutely adores Sea Turtles! I am sharing this link with her. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    1. And thank you for sharing this with her! I share her love for sea turtles, they’re absolutely adorable! ❤

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  3. This is a really nice and special article. I hadn’t thought about turtles in a long time and just the mere thought calms me down. And I absolutely love the beach so this was a sweet reminder.

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    1. Thank you – turtles are the best. Snorkeling with them is so calming & gives you such an amazing feeling! lad I could help you remind of beaches & the sea turtles as a bonus!

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  4. I am seriously in LOVE with your photos. I’ve been dying to go see cute sea turtles. I need to make it happen this upcoming new year!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! And that is a wonderful new years resolution – I can only recommend in pursuing!

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  5. oneloveourlove1114 December 25, 2017 — 2:15 pm

    I absolutely love all kinds of turtles, they are such an amazing creatures. I loved reading your post. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for giving this a read! Always nice to share the love for sea turtles! ❤

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  6. cute sea turtles. I’ve never seen one. Playa Grandi looks awesome. I like to try some snorkeling too

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    1. Oh if you find yourself able to do so one day, you should! A whole new world will open up!

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  7. I just love reading about all of your underwater adventures. Who know you could swim with the sea turtles! Are they always friendly? Or are there things you have to watch out for, like disturbing their food or babies? How close have you come to one? (We’re animal lovers at our house). x

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    1. The ones I encountered were very friendly! You can get pretty close, but I wouldn’t recommend touching the turtles. That can disturb their ‘mojo’ & is very bad for them I’ve heard. But admiring them from a close distant – very up close – is a great experience already! Always nice to connect with fellow animal lovers!

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  8. Great shots! ❤ What camera did you use? I'm a fan of any sea-related activities!

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    1. Thank you! Most are taken from a mobile phone, the underwater pictures by a underwater camera of a friend of mine! I’m sorry i do not know the specifics of it.. Yes sea related activities are the best!

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  9. Great shots! ❤ What camera did you use? I’m a fan of any sea-related activities!

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  10. You photos are awesome! I’ve visited Curacao but did not swim with the turtles. That’s something I’ll definitely have to do on my next visit.

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    1. Thank you so much! Oh you should! How awesome that you’ve been on Curaçao already!

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  11. I really love Sea Turtles. Surely you have an interesting trip. The photo you dive is so beautiful, I’m a fan of diving.

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    1. Thank you! They’re all snorkeling pictures, just love to go under & be in the underwater world! Sea turtles make a snorkeling trip so special!

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  12. Those are some amazing pictures. And I have also seen some sea turtles here in India, they are awesome.

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    1. Thank you! I’d love to spot sea turtles in India one day!

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  13. Aren’t these sea turtles just wonderful? I would love to see them in real life rather than just on pictures. Just amazing!

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    1. I know right? First time encountering them was magnificent, but to be honest it is special every time all over again!

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  14. This looks like a wonderful place – I’ve never been snorkelling before, but it looks amazing, and the turtles look so sweet!

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    1. It is a true paradise – under the ocean it’s so calm and so wonderful to have sea turtles around you!

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