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An online cruising guide for yachts sailing to Curaçao.

12°7′N, 68°56′W Chart icon.png
Capital Willemstad
Language Papiamentu, Dutch
Currency Netherlands Antillean Guilder (ANG)
Time zone AST (UTC−4)
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Approaches and Navigation

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Arrival/Departure procedures


Two arrival choices:

  1. Spanish Waters. Follow the chart in and wind your way up the channel. Many places to anchor once you are inside - somewhat like a mini Sydney Harbour. Limiting depth is about 3 m.
  2. Willemstad. No real limits in terms of draft nor mast height. This harbour is used by cruise ships, tankers and container ships. If the bridge is blocking the entry, radio Harbour Control on VHF 12 and request a bridge opening. This will typically take about 10 or 20 minutes. Once the bridge opens, head directly in to the east, under the vehicular bridge and then hang a right followed by another right. This will bring you into a small inlet which contains Navy, Coast Guard and Curacao Marine. Anchor in front of Curacao Marine or tie up in their small marina.

The first alternative has more yachtie social life but is relatively isolated from everything. The second choice is closer to town but you will need to go in your dinghy or walk about 2 km.



Customs and Immigration


Has moved as over September 2023! Its now MUCH more convenient. It is now located on the same side of Willemstad inlet as the Customs. Around a 5 minute walk between the two. Go to Immigration BEFORE customs when arriving. When clearing out, again go to Immigration BEFORE customs. Both are open, apparently, until around 9pm . Zero charges for standard entry and departure. The location of Immigration is 4359+J5H, Fort Nassauweg, Willemstad, Curaçao


Located on the south side of the Willemstad inlet in the picturesque historical centre of PUNDA is a 4-storey Customs building with a huge sign saying "Douane". They close at 21:00. Look up for the sign, not ahead! It is basically on a street corner and also on a corner between the Willemstad inlet and a north-south canal that bisects the main inlet. You can tie up for free outside the Customs office. This is an excellent place to moor due to the shoreside bars and restaurants located right there. Just try to arrive late (about sunset or a little before) so you have an excuse to tie up there for the night. Do your Customs paperwork 30 m away and then walk over the floating bridge to do Immigration. Depart late also so you can tie up there and do the European promenade before you leave.

Fees and Charges

Immigration - ZERO.

Customs - ZERO.

Internet in Spanish Waters - US$10 per week.

Extended stay for your boat (entrepot) while you leave the country - US$50 when processed by Curacao Marine. Termination of entrepot status - US$15 when processed by Curacao Marine.

Curacao Marine charge for showers, internet, dinghy dock, etc while you are anchored next to them - US$4 per day. Curacao Marine cost in their marina - US$0.40 per foot per day. Plus electricity, plus water, plus $10 key deposit, plus...

Anchoring cost in Spanish Waters - US$ 25 per 3 months.

Beer on Punda waterfront - US$4 to US$6.


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