The plantation San Juan was built in 1662 and is located between the plantations Cas Abou and Santa Martha. Early in the 17th century, sugar-cane, cotton and indigo were grown along with the breeding of live stock in this fertile valley. This plantation is very unique because the history is relatively well documented and worth a visit because of the cool, shady driveway with Mansalinjas leading up to the plantation. We also strongly recommend a visit to one of the 4 beaches (playas) of the plantation.
The 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 (Chiki), then the known beaches of Manzaliña, Shon Mosa, and Largu.
If you want to visit San Juan while in Curacao, the entrance to the plantation is located on Weg Nar Westpunt, approximately 30 KM from Willemstad. The turnoff is well marked where you will find a gate near the main road which is closed in the evenings to block access to the property. A long gravel road will lead you through the fields up to the plantation house itself where you will be greeted at the house by a representative of the family who will collect 10 guilders per vehicle.
Please note, the road leading to the beaches is rough therefore it is not advised for smaller cars.
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