Hike and Bike
There are beautiful hike and bike routes at St. Jorisbaai. St Jorisbaai has a kitesurfing beach and a motocross track. The best routes are next to the water. It is interesting to see that they have built a village from waste-like pallets. You also see a lot of fishing boats on the water. The white arrows on the rocks can follow the route. After you walk a little further (with some rock climbing in between), you reach the end of the St. Jorisbaai. You can see how the sea hits the northside. This is very calming. You only hear the wind blow.
On the Northside of Curaçao, there are nearly any beaches. Since the wind is blowing 95% in the northeast direction, the northside is too rough to swim in. However, it is beautiful for nature lovers. On the north side, you can see how powerful the Seawind is. There are different coves “Boka’s” created because the wind blew away different pieces of the riff. Sometimes the water splashes up multiple meters, which is great to see. After many years the power of water created holes in the rocks. Some of these holes are called natural jacuzzis since the water is heated. You can take a lovely bath in it, but it is not without risk.
On Curacao, there are three immense salt plains. These “Salinjas / Zoutpannen” were used for the harvest of sea salt. There often are extensive plains where you can still see the dry salt, this looks similar to a snow plain. The dams that helped vaporize the water, which resulted in the salt, can still be seen. When hiking around the salt plains lots of animals can be seen. There is a significant population of flamingos, many crabs, and many water birds. Furthermore, you can see beautiful mangrove trees, which you can recognize on their above-ground roots. The salt plains can be found at Jan Thiel, St. Michiel, and St. Willibrordus.
The Christoffelpark is an extensive nature reserve on the island’s west side. The vegetation is very variable, which makes it interesting to hike. There are eight beautiful routes. The most impressive one is the climb of the Christoffelberg. Which is 377 meters high, which can not be underestimated. When you reach the top, there is a breathtaking view, making the hike worthwhile.