Curacao nightlife can be as subdued or as packed with lively entertainment as you like. After an evening of dining on gourmet cuisine at Michelin Guide-caliber restaurants in Willemstad, you can enjoy cool jazz and blues at one of the several prestigious clubs in the city. Or head to one of the beaches for more raucous entertainment.
There are no huge nightclubs like you’ll find on the infamous Spanish party island of Ibiza, but there are plenty of clubs and bars along the beaches. These are the most popular with young people who come to enjoy Curacao at night and get in some serious partying in between snorkeling, scuba diving, and other active pursuits. The largest number of these will be found along Seaquarium Beach. The Mambo Beach Club and Restaurant is one of the more well known of these, and likes to call its little stretch of sand Mambo Beach, but it is nonetheless on Seaquarium Beach. Here, and at similar spots, there are movies on the beach on Tuesdays (usually old classics), Saturday and Sunday night parties with live music, dancing, and liberal doses of alcohol that last until dawn. You will probably count this beach as having the best nightlife in Curacao if you are young at heart and up for a good time. Other beaches offering Curacao nightlife include Hook’s Hut and Cas Abao Beach.
More Curacao nightlife is available during the (many) special events and festivals that seem to occur just about every day of the year. The Carnival season, which last through all of January and February, sees parades, parties, concerts, and other celebrations just about every evening. The best nightlife in Curacao occurs during this festival that offers something for everyone, including fireworks to delight children and all night partying for the adults. This is the quintessential Curacao at night for those who love the attractions of the sea that the island offers. May brings the Curacao Jazz Festival, with concerts by international headliners like Keb Mo and John Legend. Even the Curacao Dive Festival (also in May) will show diving and underwater documentary movies and have dive workshops on the beaches during the evenings.
If you think the best nightlife in Curacao involves gambling, then you’ve come to the right place. There a number of casinos on the island, almost all of which are affiliated with luxury hotels and resorts in or near the capital city of Willemstad. Few of these are open 24 hours a day, and are generally more laid back and casual than the ones you find in Europe or the United States. Nonetheless, many do have dress codes, so you should check before you head out in your flip flops and beach attire. There are also some in 3 star properties such as the Howard Johnson in the heart of the Otrabanda District in Willemstad, and these are generally open the latest (until about 4:00 am). The most subdued and romantic Curacao at night entertainment is available at the exclusive resorts that offer elegant dining for two under the stars and quiet music and dancing in intimate lounges.
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