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“Okay Snorkelling, a bit touristy for our taste” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Playa Porto Marie

Playa Porto Marie
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US$150.00*
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Western Curacao Buggy Adventure
Ranked #7 of 144 things to do in Curacao
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Stittsville, Ontario
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“Okay Snorkelling, a bit touristy for our taste”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

On a very recent trip to Curacao my husband and I spent an afternoon at Playa Porto Marie. We had heard from fellow guests at our townhome complex that it was lovely, and we were trying to snorkel at a number of different beaches. It is an extremely bumpy ride in from the main road on a dreadful road, but once there, it is a lovely facility with washroom facilities, a very nice beachfront restaurant where we enjoyed a cold beer and good lunch. The beach is very pretty with white sand, which is not easily found on many beaches at this end of the island. However, while the snorkelling was okay, it was far from the best we experienced on the island (Playa Lagun and Playa Kenepa Chiki had better snorkelling in our opinion). That said, we saw a number of fish, but we have had far better snorkelling in other countries and even in Curacao. There is secure parking at this location, and we did not pay for our stay as we did not spend any time on the beach or get a lounger. We sat up near the restaurant to dry off for 10 minutes when we came out of the water, but that was it.

Truthfully, we found this particular beach to be very touristy, and what finally drove us away was that we were listening to John Denver, Engelbert Humperdink, etc. music, and I could have been on any US party beach. Personally, we far prefer a more local flavour, and as we were not spending time lying on the beach in the sand, we headed back to our quiet, beautiful town home to end our day. It is a very beautiful beach to look at, and the facilities are good, so decide what you are looking for in a day at the beach and go from there.

Visited March 2014
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Tacoma, Washington
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“Absolutely Gorgeous!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

Our beach hopping tour stopped by this beach and it was absolutely our favorite on the island. It is beautiful! My husband said it was the best snorkeling. I wish we could've spent more time here. It was perfect :)

Visited March 2014
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Long Hill, New Jersey
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“Nice beach with great place to eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014

Went to this beach during carnival so it was crowded. We still got a shady spot, had a nice lunch. I also dove with the divers at the beach and it was easy and uncomplicated.

Visited February 2014
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Denver, Iowa
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“Our favorite on Curacao!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

We loved this beach...prefect place to spend the day...the margaritas are wonderful!! We highly recommend this place. It looks rough as you drive in...but the facilities and amenities are nice!

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San Francisco, California
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“great snorkeling”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014 via mobile

This breach was freaking hot, so come early and snag an umbrella. The fee was $3 offer person and $2 peer chair, and totally worth it. There is a pretty nice restaurant so getting food and water isn't an issue. There are also snorkel and scuba gear rental along with tours.

Visited February 2014
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