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Curacao boasts more than three dozen beaches, as well as plenty of pay-per-use and manufactured oceanfronts in front of resorts and hotels—some with imported white sand. But the most popular (for both locals and travelers) remain those that inhabit small coves like Kenepa Grandi Beach, positioned on the western coast.  
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A narrow set of stairs leads down to the water, where locals cook BBQ, play in the surf, and seek shelter from a smattering of beach umbrellas and trees. Expect crowds on the weekends.  
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Cas Abou, another popular spot on the leeward side of the island, has some a facilities (bar/restaurant, coin-operated showers, bathrooms, umbrella and chair rentals) in addition to its azure waters and expansive, fine-grain sand.  
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The oceanfront Shete Boka National Park may not have the ideal beach-combing coastlines. But you can witness Curacao's more rugged oceanfront, like Boca Tabla (pictured), where the ocean has carved a cave system out of the porous limestone. Also, don't miss Boca Pistol, where a plume of water explodes from narrow gaps in the rock.  
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Shete Boka National Park serves as a sea turtle nesting ground; the $2 U.S. parking fee goes toward preserving their habitat.  
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To see the truly rugged face of Curacao's beaches, head to the island's windward side. This beach, a stop on Eric's Adventure ATV tour of the island, is where refuse from neighboring islands and passing ships washes up, especially after storms rage through the hurricane belt (which is, thankfully, north of Curacao).  
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Closer to the capital city of Willemstad, you'll find the more manicured beachfronts like this one in front of the Hilton Hotel. It's a great place to snag a sun-downer and head to the walled overlook at day's end.  
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Check out the beachfront near Lions Dive and Beach Resort, host to Hemingway Restaurant and adjacent to Mambo Beach and Wet'n'Wild Bar. This locale becomes a nightly hotspot, with live music that pulls both tourists and locals. It's also located close to the famed Curacao Sea Aquarium and to dive operator Ocean Encounters.  
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Of course, you could always just snag one of the many beach chairs on the Lions' beach and let the Caribbean wash over you.  
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Another option, forego the mainland entirely and light out for Klein Curacao, a small, relatively deserted satellite island about a two-hour boat ride east of Curacao. Ocean Encounters runs daytrips there, complete with a beach BBQ and snorkeling (just be ready for rough seas on the trip out; the trip back is considerably calmer).  
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