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Exploring Caracasbaai – Postcards from Curacao, Ep. 2

Exploring Caracasbaai

Welcome to Episode 2 of Virtual Postcards from Curaçao.  In this episode we will explore Caracasbaai, a designated nature preserve “that is as steeped in history as its excellent diving and snorkeling!” We hope this will bring a moment of joy and tranquility to your day so you can dream of Curaçao, our beautiful island in the heart of the Dutch Caribbean.

With two incredible scuba diving and snorkeling sites to choose from, Tugboat and Director’s Bay, combined with the historical significance of Caracasbaai, this is a destination on Curaçao that you definitely need to feel it for yourself!

The famous Curaçao Tugboat wreck is located at “Tugboat Beach” next to Directors Bay in just 5 meters (15ft) of water below the steep facing cliffside leading up to the infamous Quarantine House.  Purposely wrecked just a few yards offshore of Tugboat Beach, in Caracasbaai, this site is absolutely perfect for divers as well as snorkelers.

Director’s Bay is an historic Curaçao landmark, located between the famous Tugboat wreck and Small Wall – perfectly suited for divers, snorkelers and beach goers alike.

Brief History of Caracasbaai

As the local story goes, it is said that the late Queen Juliana, who was invited to Director’s Bay, was so afraid of fish that the Royal Dutch Shell Group caged in a section of the bay for her, to increase her enjoyment and ultimately to ease her mind so that she could relax. But you know, that’s just the story. The fact is that starting in the early 1900’s until departing in 1985, the Directors of the Royal Dutch Shell Group and the Dutch Royal family used this bay exclusively and it was considered private. Now, the beach and surrounding area are open for public use.

The Quarantine House, built in 1882, functioned as one of the parts of the quarantine station at the fortress of Fort Beekenburg. Healthy seamen coming of disease carrying ships were quarantined here for forty days. This lasted until 1925 and nowadays this beautiful house, with a splendid view over the Caribbean Sea, is in severe disrepair.

Fort Beekenburg was built to defend the Spanish Water area of Curaçao in 1703. During that period, it was (at that time) one of the few places where one could easily go from sea to land. The Fort has a proven service history, several times over, of keeping the British and the pirates out of Curacao. As a defensive installation, it seems ironic that Fort Beekenburg was built with ballast stones from a distinctive and “romantic” part of Belgium called the Walloon Region or Wallonia. Ironic because Fort Beekenburg is distinctive, but romantic? I guess you will just have to visit and decide for yourself

Stay Tuned for more Virtual Postcards from Curacao!

Episode 3 will release on April 8th, 2020 where will be exploring one of the BEST beaches in the Caribbean and a popular Curaçao destination for sun lovers!  Subscribe to our mailing list below and to the Dive Curaçao YouTube Channel to be automatically notified.

Sincere Love from Curacao,

Bryan Horne, Dive Curacao

Tilo and Yvonne Kuhnast, Nature Pics Films

Videos produced and edited for Dive Curacao in cooperation with Nature Pics Films.

Header photo courtesy of Turtle and Ray Productions HD

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