Playa Chikitu at the San Juan Plantation
Playa Chikitu is not mentioned generally in any Curaçao Dive and Drive guides, but this small bay between Playa Manzaliña and Boka Grandi is absolutely beautiful and worth the effort.
This small strip of sandy beach, a small distance to the left (looking out to the sea) of Playa Manzaliña. Swimming out and looking backward you can see this beach.
There is some coral close to the shore so you have to be a bit carefully going into the water. There is a stretch of sand till the drop-off. It is not really a drop-off because the slope is very gradual. What is immediately obvious when swimming over the drop-off is that there are lots of height differences in the coral growth. This creates a nice landscape of tops and valleys.
Similar to the other dive sites within the San Juan Plantation, there is an abundance of sponges at Playa Chikitu including large groups of rope sponges. It is a very nice place to dive.
San Juan Plantation Beaches
The main draw of the San Juan area are the beautiful and undeveloped beaches that exist on the fringes of the plantations coastline. Although many sources only refer to three beaches, there are in fact four in total. From west to east these include a small cove called Playa Chikitu, then the known beaches of Manzalina, Shon Mosa, and Largu.