Playa Piskado/Playa Grandi
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  • Jeff D
    Murrieta, California328 contributions
    Great snorkeling
    This is a popular spot to bring people to swim with turtles. There is a small dock and the turtles seem to hang around there since they are getting fed by the locals on the dock. The water here is amazing and we actually enjoyed the snorkeling about 100 yards off the shore from the beach. Water was amazing and I we had 2 turtles with us out 10 yards when there were swarms of people all around the one turtle at the dock. This is a great beginner spot to snorkel because its very protected from wind and currents and we swam all over without even using fins. We rented 2 chairs with an umbrella for 12 dollars for the day. Well worth it. There is food and drinks at a couple small local spots right there at the beach. Only real negative is when Cruise Ships are at the island, bus loads of people come here and it can get real crowded after noon. We enjoy the small quiet non tourists locations so we only spent about an hour here and we moved along our way. I've seen enough turtles in my time so we decided to leave the crowds. The beach has all you need for a good day. Amazing water and views. Good spot for sure.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 15, 2020
  • David D
    Devon, United Kingdom20,239 contributions
    We had a postcard view of this free beach
    Monday 18th April and we visited Sabana Westpunt and surrounding area on the north west corner of Curaçao, where this beach is located. We did not actually walk down to the beach, bit of a trek, we looked down on it from the road above. There were no facilities on the beach, no sunbeds or umbrellas the only shade was provided by the trees dotted along the beach. A number of large rocks also provided some shade. There are no shops or restaurants nearby, so visitors to the beach have to bring everything they need with them. Looking down on the beach it was a postcard view of the golden sand and the crystal clear water which were a deep shade of blue. Would recommend wearing rubber soled shoes when getting into the sea as the entrance to the water is somewhat rocky. A small jetty pokes out in to the sea, a rather popular spot for snorkeling and jumping/diving off. There were a number of small boats, mostly fishing boats, anchored up near This is free beach, there is no entrance fee unlike a lot of other beaches on the island.
    Visited April 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 9, 2022
  • Lester Ojeda
    San Juan, Puerto Rico482 contributions
    Turtles!
    In all my years, I had never swam with turtles before. The local fishermen feed the turtles every so often so that tourists may see them up close. You are constantly reminded not to touch them (germs and what not) and truly the experience to see nature so close has to be worth the trip. For $7 you can sit in a chair and relax under an umbrella, or you could bring your snorkeling gear and get a glimpse of the coral to the west side of the beach. If you're looking for a white sand beach with no one around make no mistake, this spot is NOT for you.
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 2, 2020
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vmacek
Hebron, KY83 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This beach was unique. The snorkeling with the turtles was pretty cool. The beach itself is very rocky and felt dirty. There is no Public restroom here, but there is a bathroom which costs $1. So what is someone to do when they don't have dollar bills? I was taken pity on by the man selling beach chairs, which was so incredibly kind. He gave me a $1 for the bathroom. But then the bathroom had no working light and was kinda creepy. So come prepared. I wish I had known that ahead of time.

But I did snorkel for quite awhile with the turtles and that was worth it. We were only there a couple hours and left, which seemed like plenty of time at that beach.
Written July 31, 2022
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John G
Fort St. John, Canada110 contributions
Dec 2021
This is a relatively small pebbly beach area, in the more remote north western shore of the island. It is not worth a substantial drive from the main tourist areas for the properties of the beach- there are many better farther south. The beach has some locals providing limited services; lounge chairs, souvenirs, cold drinks, etc.

The attraction here is the constant presence of multiple turtles. A swim/snorkel here will almost certainly result in the gift of enjoying turtles swimming free near the shore. The turtles are present because the local fishermen clean their catch, throw the discarded bits back into the sea and the turtles have become accustomed to feeding here. Other fish also feast and can be seen. The water is calm and affords an easy salt water swim.

Sadly what once was a lovely almost pristine opportunity is now plagued by the presence of busloads of cruise ship passengers arriving multiple times during the day. Large groups of identical snorkle tourists (50+ at a time) splash about chasing turtles. The water visibility decreases, and often the turtles are not viewed in peace, but chased by groups grabbing and touching these gentle creatures.
Written January 3, 2022
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Vacation43368639301
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Sep 2023 • Family
BEWARE!!! There is a crazy Dutchman who may or may not be dressed up as a clown at the entrance to the beach. He will tell you that the carpark is full and will try to "sell" you parking spaces just on the main road. It is a SCAM, we walked down to the beach and there were parking spaces free right near the sand. This man harrasses drivers and pretends that he is a figure of authority. The best thing to do is to tell him that you want to check parking spaces for yourself near the beach and definitely not to give him any money as this will encourage him to harrass other tourists. Apart from the scam, it is a good beach. Enjoy!!

Written September 12, 2023
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Michgirls
Wyandotte, MI16 contributions
Feb 2020
Rent a car and go. Easy drive with a gps. Kids or adults will love it. The beach is rocky not comfortable at all, you have to pay $1 for the bathroom. You can rent chairs. You stay for a couple of hours swim around with the turtles get in your car and drive down the road to some beautiful beaches.
Written February 17, 2020
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Mariane Y
London, Canada49 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
This location historically and presently is were fishermen bring in there catch as well as clean their fish and through the heads etc in the ocean and the turtles come and eat and sleep.
I'm a diver and have been coming between bonaire and CURACAO for many years and know many locals. The last time 2 yrs ago one of the locals took my husband and I diving this spot and it was wonderful and yes at the end of the dive the fishermen had thrown fish remains and we got to see the turtles from a distance. As divers you are there to observe not to harass these beautiful creatures.
We came back once again to this lovely island(we all are guests) and once again went out on the reef. In returning from our dive this year I was appalled to see the multitude of snorkelers chasing the turtles, diving under to grab etc. I witnessed one person diving down to chase a turrtle and I shook my rattle to get his attention and wave him off. In return I got the finger. All I can say he is lucky he didn't dive down again because as a diver I would have grabbed him.
These are majestic creatures not to be chased and harrassed. If you want to see float and look they may come to you.
From people like these aggressive snorkelers there was a large turtle who got aggressive and started biting people and now I know why.
The fishermen telling you to move away I don't blame him.
Remember this is there environment you are a guest and from what I saw very bad ones.
So get your facts straight, this was never a beach for tourists.
Written March 1, 2020
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Charles F
Newtown, UK744 contributions
Feb 2020
This village beach has become a tourist attraction because of the turtles which are attracted by the fisherman throwing their gutted remants off the pier, if you park on the top of the cliff by the dive centre and walk down the steps you can avoid all the fishing huts and tight parking at the pierhead. We did not find the location dirty or smelly, the sea was clear and there seemed to be at least 5 full grown turtles and some smaller coming in to feed, they ignore people. If you swim out further you can see Neptune on the sea bed before the drop off. Beach gets very busy for an hour in the late afternoon when cruise ship tours arrive, issue yelliow snorkels, very basic instructions and most of the tourists manage to miss the very obvious turtles , they soon go. Chairs available, limited snacks, take your own.
Written March 11, 2020
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Doc D
Willemstad, Curaçao18 contributions
Aug 2022
In order to "improve" this experience, the local government or entities must regulate or manage this area. The fish scraps that the fishermen have been discarding for years has made the turtles become attracted to the "free" food, which is causing a nutritional hazard for the turtles. Boats, Sea scooters, jet ski's, are all an added danger for the turtles, snorkelers, and divers alike.
The number of snorkelers in the water at the same time is an safety issue. The turtles "got used" to the humans being there, but people grab the turtles, touch them, which leads to health risks for the turtles. The feeding that is done by some "tour guides" and the local "tip man" is totally disruptive behavior for the marine life, the environment and nature. It's would be advisable for local authorities to put restrictions and management in place at this beach.
Written September 16, 2022
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sobella710
Woodside, NY36 contributions
Jul 2022
It is so beautiful. I loved how these HUGE turtles are unphased by humans. You MUST rent a car for the beautiful beaches on the west side of island. Heads up...all beaches are very rocky! Even with water shoes I slipped and was hurt.
Written July 30, 2022
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Hellena
66 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Swimming with sea turtles is an amazing experience! Till about noon a man puts fish in the water, but also after that the turtles were still there. We saw about 6/7. Most people snorkel around the pier, but if you follow a turtle you can see them without everyone swimming into you. There are plenty of sun beds and shade. For two I paid 20 Antilian guilders. There is a restroom and a snackbar. You can also buy snorkel gear at the beach.
If you don’t want to go into the water, you can see the turtles from the pier.
Written May 4, 2022
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Davidjellis
Lowestoft, UK8,762 contributions
Dec 2021
I visited 'Turtle Beach' on a cruise ship excursion and this was the first time I have ever snorkelled with turtles - it was amazing. Fishermen dump their carcasses in the water to the right of the jetty and it brings the turtles in to feed. We had about 45 minutes here and it was highly memorable - there were loads of tiny fish by the jetty but of course the turtles were the highlight.

Our tour group got there early so it was pretty quiet, although I gather it can get busier later in the day. We were told not to wear fins in the water and make sure we didn't interfere with the turtles, and everyone seemed to be respecting that. Loved my visit here - the beach itself is pretty average, but the experience was just wow!
Written March 5, 2022
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