Are you wondering if Playa Porto Mari in Curaçao is worth visiting? Then you are in the right spot.
First of all, Porto Marie Beach is one of our favorite beaches on the island. So it is definitely worth visiting.
We have been there so many times, and there are a few interesting things you should know before you go!
To help you plan your first visit, I have created this helpful guide for you!
Let’s get to it!
How to Get to Playa Porto Mari
To get to Playa Porto Mari from Willemstad, you’ll want to grab a car, as it’s the easiest way.
Just head northwest out of Willemstad on Weg Naar Westpunt. Keep following this road; it’ll turn into Weg Naar Soto. When you reach Soto, turn left onto Weg Naar PortoMari. From there, it is easy to find.
The drive is about 40 minutes, and it’s a pretty straightforward route. You’ll pass by a beautiful church and even the flamingo reservoir on your way there. Pretty nice!
Opening Times & Entrance Fees
Entrance Fee: USD 3,00 per person
Beach Chair: USD 3,50 per person
Opening Times: Daily from 9.30 a.m. till 18.30 p.m.
Amenities at Playa Porto Mari
☀️ Dive Center
☀️ Art studio
☀️ Beach chair rental
Things To Do at Porto Mari
1. Check Out The Restaurant Willywood
Willywood restaurant in Porto Marie Beach is a great place for breakfast, lunch or early dinner. The restaurant is located in a big hut, so you can also hide there from the occasional rain shower.
They have a great choice of dishes throughout the day. You need to try their special BBQ dishes from the Green Egg – super delicious.
We also love heading there early for pancakes and a coffee for breakfast.
And, of course you can buy yummy cocktails throughout the day.
2. Visit Willy & Woody – The Cute Swimming Pigs
One of the reasons why Playa Porto Mari is so popular is because of the two swimming pigs you can see on the beach. They almost remind a bit of the famous beach in the Bahamas.
Willy & Woody are permanent residents on the beach. They have a small, muddy lair behind the parking lot.
But they regularly make their way over to the water for a refreshing swim or some sunbathing. Super cute!
3. Create Driftwood Art at Gilmar’s Hut
Gilmar is an awesome local artist that has a small workshop set up at Porto Marie Beach. You can join him for a fun project right there on the beach.
You just need to pay for the piece of cleaned driftwood and he will help you turn it into a masterpiece. This is such a great spot for making your own souvenir.
We totally loved the workshop (even my non-creative husband) and he also told us a lot about the country and its history. We even had a small spectator while painting, as you can see below.
4. Snorkel at The Famous Double Reef
Snorkeling at Playa Porto Mari is a real treat – and you should definitely try it out! This beach in Curaçao is famous for its clear, turquoise waters and a unique double reef.
When we went snorkeling there, we always saw loads of colorful fish and sometimes even sea turtles. The two reefs are separated by a sandy valley, which is super cool to explore as well.
Playa Porto Mari definitely offers beginner friendly snorkeling. Make sure to bring some watershoes, there are some dead corals in the water.
5. Go Diving at The Valley
Diving at Playa Porto Mari is just as amazing as snorkeling! The dive site there, known as “The Valley,” is famous. Especially for its stunning coral formations.
For renting gear, you’re also in luck. There’s a dive shop right at Playa Porto Mari. They offer everything you need – from rental equipment to dive courses.
So, whether you’re a seasoned diver or trying it for the first time, they’ve got you covered. You can just show up, gear up, and dive into an underwater adventure.
I am not big on diving myself, but I have heard from friends that it is well worth it.
6. Take a Hike At One Of The Amazing Trails
Porto Mari Beach got three awesome hiking trails. They vary in length, so there’s something for everyone. They are all pretty unique, but offering some stunning views.
Serpentarium Trail: This is the shortest trail, ideal if you’re looking for a quick and easy walk. It takes you through a cactus-rich area, so wear good shoes.
History Trail: As the name suggests, this trail offers a glimpse into the island’s past. It’s a bit longer and takes you past some historical sites.
Bird Trail: This one is for the bird watchers! It’s the longest of the three trails and takes you through areas where you can spot various birds species.
7. Shop Fancy Beachwear at the Store
Playa Porto Mari is home to a super cute store. They sell fancy beachwear, towels and everything you need for a day in the sun.
Admittedly, the stuff is a bit expensive. But most products are one of a kind, so you can get something really unique there!
8. Get a Beach Massage
Lastly, no relaxing beach day is complete without a massage. Head over to the small massage parlor on the beach and treat yourself to a relaxing session. They are usually on sale, so you can get a great deal.
Playa Portomari Review – My Honest Opinion
Playa Porto Mari is truly one of my favorite beaches on the island. It is beautiful for swimming and snorkeling, and the pigs are soo cute.
One thing I dislike about this beach is the lack of umbrellas. You really need to show up early for a good spot.
The entrance fee is fair, and the beach chairs are also pretty cheap. The restaurant also has fair prices for the island. The food is great, and the view is awesome!
All in all, the money-value relation of this beach is definitely good, and you should plan to spend at least one day there.
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Wrap Up: Playa Porto Mari Curacao Review
All in all, this is one of my favorite beaches in Curacao. The water quality is amazing, the vibe is fun and the restaurant is great. Of course, the pigs are super cute!
The beach is awesome for snorkeling and diving, you absolutely need to see the famous double reef!
As I mentioned, get there early, because there are not enough umbrellas.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, there is a small entrance fee to pay for Playa Porto Mari. It is around USD 3,00 per person. The beach is nice and clean, so it is definitely worth paying a small entrance fee.
Playa Porto Mari is on the west coast of Curaçao. If you’re coming from Willemstad, the capital, it’s about a 30-minute drive. Head west on Weg Naar Westpunt and follow the signs. It’s past the village of Sint Willibrordus. Just look for the signs for ‘Porto Mari’ – you can’t miss it. It’s a straight shot to a day in paradise!
In Curaçao, you’ll find pigs at Playa PortoMari. It’s unique because of its friendly, free-roaming pigs. These adorable animals are a hit with visitors, offering a fun twist to the usual beach experience. They love to interact with people, adding a special charm to this already beautiful beach. It’s a quirky, memorable part of any trip to Curaçao!
From the cruise ship terminal in Willemstad, Curaçao, getting to Playa PortoMari is easy. Grab a taxi or rent a car. It’s about a 30-minute drive. Head west towards Weg Naar Westpunt, then follow signs for PortoMari. You can also book a guided day tour that will take you there.
About the Author
Sabrina is a passionate travel blogger and content creator, based in New Mexico. She spends about half of the year traveling to various destinations together with her husband.
She provides slow-paced itineraries that focus on quality over quantity. Sabrina wants to help her readers to get more out of their travel experiences – while doing less. Read more.