Santa Cruz Plantation and Beach

Located in the heart of Curacao, near the charming village of Barber, Playa Santa Cruz graces the island’s northwest coast with its natural allure. This idyllic beach, though located in an urbanized setting, offers a tranquil escape with ample space for relaxation. Dotted with huts and a beach bar/restaurant, Playa Santa Cruz ensures a peaceful retreat while conveniently providing nearby amenities. Additionally, adventurous souls can embark on a water taxi journey to discover secluded gems like Black Sand Beach, Playa Hulu, or the renowned Blue Room.



Diving and Snorkeling from Playa Santa Cruz

Diving and snorkeling enthusiasts venturing to Playa Santa Cruz are in for a treat. Here you can gain access to premium sites like the renowned Mushroom Forest, the famous Blue Room, and the picturesque Black Sand Beach, also known as Santu Pretu.

Boat Diving a Hidden Gem

A hidden boat diving gem, referred to simply as Santa Cruz, emerges as a new discovery, absent from conventional diving guides until now. Located just five minutes west of Playa Santa Cruz, east of Playa Lagun, this site offers a unique experience. Snorkelers can explore the sandy plateau near a stunning drop-off, encountering juvenile reef fish and vibrant soft coral colonies along the rugged coral cliffs.

Divers, upon descending onto the fringing reef, are immersed in a thriving ecosystem bursting with life and color. The site’s allure extends beyond marine life—Spinner Dolphins are a common spectacle, often seen playing in the area, as Santa Cruz serves as a birthing and training ground for their young during certain times of the year. Adventurers seeking an untouched and extraordinary underwater experience will find Santa Cruz to be a perfect spot for both diving and snorkeling escapades.


Dive Site Recommendations

  • Dive Type: Boat diving
  • Snorkel Site: Yes (Black Sand Beach and The Blue Room are accessible via a hiking path. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear – sandals and flip-flops are not recommended)
  • Experience Level: Open Water (Min)
  • Depth: 40 -120ft (12-36m)

Special Notes


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Beach Amenities and Ambiance

Nestled within the embrace of mangrove swamps, Playa Santa Cruz offers a serene escape from the bustling crowds found elsewhere on the island of Curaçao. While the foggy waters may not be ideal for snorkeling, the beach compensates with its velvety soft sand and a picturesque backdrop of swaying palm trees providing ample shade. This idyllic setting creates an ambiance that is tailor-made for relaxation.

For bird enthusiasts, Playa Santa Cruz becomes a haven, attracting a diverse array of native birds to the mangroves. The beach’s hidden gem, Boca Santa Cruz, ensures a tranquil experience, shielded from the usual tourist hustle. This seclusion allows visitors to enjoy the amenities without the worry of crowded shores, providing a peaceful retreat.

Though lacking public restrooms, the beach ensures comfort with available beach umbrellas for those seeking shade during their sun-soaked day. The absence of large crowds means minimal competition for these conveniences, allowing visitors to bask in the beach’s natural beauty without disruptions.

While Playa Santa Cruz might be a perfect fit for some, the island of Curaçao beckons exploration with its diverse array of beaches, each offering a unique charm for travelers seeking a variety of coastal experiences.

Near by Attractions

What’s Nearby offers a delightful blend of sun, sea, and history on the northwest coast of Curacao. Just a short drive away is the intriguing Landhuis Ascension, adding cultural depth to the beach experience. For history enthusiasts, Landhuis Kenepa Plantation, with its rich heritage, complements the natural beauty of the Santa Cruz Plantation, creating an immersive journey into Curaçao’s past. There’s no shortage of activities near Playa Santa Cruz. The table of attractions showcases diverse options for a well-rounded experience.

Near by Beaches

For those seeking alternative beaches, Playa Shon Mosa, a popular destination, is a mere two and a half miles southeast, while the serene Playa Lagun offers a quieter escape just a short car or cab ride away. Adventure seekers may also consider the sun-drenched allure of Cas Abao, located approximately three miles to the southeast, rounding out the nearby coastal treasures.


Directions to Playa Santa Cruz

To discover Playa Santa Cruz, a serene gem nestled in the northwestern corner of the island, embark on a picturesque journey by car. Depart from Willemstad and head westward on Weg Naar Westpunt, then turn left towards Fontein. Follow the road until you reach Kaminda Statius van Eps, where a left turn guides you towards the mesmerizing coastline. While the route meanders, patience is rewarded as it ultimately unfolds onto the sandy shores. Embrace the scenic drive, navigating the twists and turns that lead to this tranquil beach, inviting travelers to unwind in the sun-kissed beauty of its Caribbean embrace.


Location of Santa Cruz Beach


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