The West Island’s Most Famous Beach, Grote Knip, 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 second day visit was to the Grote Knip 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 West Island’s Most Famous Beach at Grote Knip, 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, we loaded up the car for another day for Grote Knip.

Grote Knip is among the most famous of the beaches in Curaçao. It occupies one of the hardest locations to reach on the island with a location at the far north end.

We had a hotel breakfast and loaded up the car for Grote Knip.

Driving to Grote Knip:

Our drive up to Grote Knip was 47 minutes up island. It was a pretty relaxed drive without much to see on the road itself.

On arrival, there was free parking and a newly expanded parking lot. We gathered up stuff before heading down to the beach.

Before we headed down, we stopped at the Grote Klip overlook. Grote Knip is absolutely a stunner of a beach to look at.

The water color here at Grote Knip is absolutely incredible. There isn’t anything that isn’t enticing about the waters at the beach here.

Unlike our visit to Cas Abo, the beach access at Grote Knip was completely free. There was a chair use fee of 15 GFL ($8.40 USD). This was collected from a roving attendant. We were also given a receipt on purchase.


The Beach at Grote Knip:

The sand at the beach was much finer than at Cas Abao. We didn’t need to have sandals in the water or any other foot protection.

The setting was quite idyillic and peaceful. I took a wander down to the left end the beach, and saw some of the local rock outcroppings.

There was also a hut settling local deep fried snacks and fries.

During our stay, we also had a visit from one of the local residents. While I have yet to make it to Exuma in the Bahamas, it was neat to have a little local visitor come and give us a sniff while we relaxed in his environment.

We did manage to enjoy the waters of Grote Knip beach. It was an utterly peaceful way to spend a day in this beautiful corner of the world. The water was of reasonable temperature.

I tried some snorkeling off the west rocks but didn’t see too much of anything.

We eventually headed home after a peaceful day at the beach.

Stayed until about 5:20 PM when the beach started to clear out. A lazy drive back to town. 

We headed back to the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort for a sunset on the resort property.

My Thoughts on the Day Trip to Grote Knip:

The Grote Knip Beach is quite a ways away from Willemstad, Curaçao. However, despite the distance, its well worth the effort to get all the way up to the top of the island. The space is serene and, as a result of the distance, a lot less travelled.

If you have visited Grote Knip, did you find it worth the distance travelled ?

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