The Sands of Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao


The Caribbean island of Curaçao has some of the most interesting beaches and bays that surround it’s emerald coloured coast line. We would get the opportunity to explore many of these shores during our seven day stay in Dutch Curaçao. Our first day visit was to the Cas Abao Beach, which was located a short distance away from our hotel. We would get the chance to explore this cove on today’s visit.

This post is one chapter on our trip during the pandemic to Curaçao in the Southern Caribbean. This trip was enhanced through Marriott Bonvoy Elite Status and Hertz Gold Plus Rewards. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.

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Activity: The Sands of Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao

The Caribbean Island of Curaçao offers a ring of wonderful beaches and coves. As a result of having access to a rental car, we were able to self guide ourselves around the island.

We started our day at the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort. After a breakfast in the morning, avocado toast with local honey drizzle, we loaded up the car and to Cas Abo Beach today.

Cas Abao Beach was rated as one of the top 21 beaches of the world (at number 18) thanks to it’s sea wildlife that it around the beach area. The Cas Abo beach is a pay per access beach with all the amenities that come with it: showers, washrooms, wifi, and even beach side massage at $66 USD for one hour.

We navigated our way up to Cas Abao which was located 25 km from our hotel and about a thirty minutes drive. It was an easy two lane drive up the central island highway. We had downloaded Google Offline Maps to our iPhones, so it was pretty easy for us to get to where we needed to be.

Accessing to Cas Abao Beach:

We arrived to the private beach in the early afternoon. There was an attached parking lot, which was about half full during our April visit.

The admission to Cas Abao Beach was 10 ANG Dutch Gilders GLF ($5.50 USD) to onto the beach plus 5 GLF ($2.70 USD) per chair to rent. We were able to arrive and park at 2 PM in the lot when we arrived although I would imagine that this may get full on the weekends. We paid a roving attendant after we settled on the beach chair.

After arriving, we walked through the entry gates and over to the beach. We passed by the beach’s facilities, which included a surf shop and a several thatched huts which offered a beach snack bar and washrooms.

In terms of seating, as a result of arriving late, we were related to a spot in the sun. There are some shady spots on the south side of the beach. However, they were all spoken for by Dutch Senior Citizens during our visit.


The Cas Abao Beach:

The beach itself is a nice sandy beach with a mild seasoning of rocks. I’d recommend bringing some sandals or water shoes here as some areas of the beach were a little stoney.

The waters of the bay were a beautiful emerald colour with a gradual sandy outbreak. The protected bay also made the waters very calm and absent of any strong waves.

I went for a walk down towards the east end of the beach. There were some beautiful rock walls that fronted the edge of the beach. They made for some stunning contrasts against the blue waters of the Cas Abao Beach.


Swimming at Cas Abao:

The Cas Abao Beach was very nice and sheltered bay that was perfect for swimming. The beach emptied out after 3:30 PM so we had much of the place to ourselves after that time.

The colours of the Cas Abao bay were really pretty as the sun started to set.

We ended up leaving Cas Abao at 5:30 PM. Most of the visitors had left much before that but we enjoyed the fact that many had left for the day. The beach was a little rocky so I recommend you bring your sandals. We headed back to the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort for a sunset on the resort property.

My Thoughts on the Day Trip to Cas Abao:

The Cas Abao Beach is one of the more accessible beaches that is relatively close to Willemstad, Curacao. The beach itself is a wonderful preserve of nature that is quiet, peaceful with a gorgeous swimming bay.

If you have visited Cas Abao Beach, did you find the place to be a terrific beach ?

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