Black Sand Beach at Santa Cruz
Black Sand Beach, also known as Boca Santu Pretu & Playa Chikitu, is located inside the historic Santa Cruz Plantation where you can explore the 120 foot shipwreck of the Catherine while snorkeling or scuba diving.
Visit this truly “one of a kind” beach because Black Sand Beach is secluded and does not have white sand as most of the other beaches in Curacao and thus the name Santu Pretu. (Literally translated, Santu Pretu means Black Sand.) Since the road to Boka Santu Pretu is closed, the beach is generally deserted.
Diving and Snorkeling the Black Sand Wreck
Lying upside down in 20 feet of water and surrounded by colonies of Garden eels, you will find the Black Sand Wreck nicely encrusted brain corals and sponges. The wreck is split in 2 and lies upside down with small areas that can be explored. Proceed across the sandy plateau after the wreck to finish the dive on the northern part of Mushroom Forest.
While in this area, we highly recommend a visit to the The Blue Room to snorkel or off gas before your next dive. Truly, the Blue Room is an essential experience and a must do activity when visiting Curacao!