The Caribbean island Curacao is home to more than 35 captivating beaches, a diverse heritage spanning 55 different cultures, ‘live and let live’ attitude and unrivaled European architecture; Curaçao remains one of the most exceptional islands of the region. Its capital city, Willemstad — where Punda and Pietermaai are a UNESCO World Heritage site — with its iconic colorful Handelskade backdrop and roster of museums, monuments, flavorful restaurants and shopping, was selected in 2013 as one of the Top 5 Cities in the Caribbean by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers. Curaçao’s natural beauty, pristine diving and snorkeling sites are a favorite with divers and adventure seekers, and its beaches and idyllic weather, situated on the outer fringes of the Hurricane Belt, has won it further accolade and recognition.
Pietermaai 78 Boutique Apartments is located in the historic Pietermaai District at Pietermaai 78 in a new townhouse with a monumental look and feel.
At Pietermaai 78 we are offering 5 luxury apartments.
The central location of the apartments makes PM78 the perfect spot for relaxation and enjoying each other, your family or your friends. And also for day trips to play golf, diving, horse back riding, sailing or relaxing on the many natural beaches. In the evenings you can easily visit the excellent restaurants, all on walking distance of your apartment.
In historic Pietermaai District you will find everything you need for an ultimate vacation. A trendy lounge and ocean club, atmospheric restaurants, cozy cafes (and happy hours), city beaches, hair stylist, drug store, small shops, a diving school with dive shop and a small supermarket, all reachable with a short walking of the accommodation. Within 10 minutes walking you will find the Willemstad historical city centre with a diverse range of shops, town squares with patio cafes, the historical synagogue, the harbor with docked cruise ships, the Pontjesbrug (also known as the swinging old lady), many museums – too much to list!
Your apartment is self catering, but the area offers also many nice possibilities to have breakfast outside:
– Mundo Bizarro: in the Nieuwestraat, serving breakfast from 8-11
– La Boheme: Cafe Bar Restaurant located in the heart of Punda (Columbusstraat # 4)
– and more!
Beaches and more:
City Beach 88, almost next to PM78, a cozy beach in the middle of Pietermaai, with ocean plunge pool. Lovely sun beds, cozy happy hours, beautiful sunsets.
Marichi Beach: public city beach with a pier where you can swim in the ocean easily. Between Pietermaai and Punda. Sunbeds for rent.
On a 10 minutes walking distance and you can reach the popular beaches like Mambo and Cabana beach on the Sea Aquarium Boulevard by car or local bus within 5 minutes. These sandy beaches offer happy hours, music, shops and the Sea Aquarium with dolphin shows in open water.
Curacao is a prime location for diving fanatics: the water is warm and clear and the beaches are snow-white with palm trees softly swaying in a light breeze. You can reach also easily the beaches on Westpunt, like Porto Marie, Grote Knip and Cas Abao. Perfect snorkeling spots, or visit the national Christoffel Parc, Shete Boca with the natural bridge and swimming turtles, or visit the old plantation manors.
Pietermaai 78 Boutique Apartments and culinary Pietermaai District
Pietermaai is a historic district (Unesco Heritage List) with a lot of new developments and active entrepreneurs, who are creating the ultimate and cozy holiday area. Highlights through the year are: Kings Night- and day 27th of April (Dutch party with music, fairs, orange dressed people and much more), Pagara (New Years Eve) and the Christmas Fair. Also a yearly street music festival is happening in Pietermaai District. There are many excellent and charming restaurants within walking distance from PM78! A couple of these culinairy restaurants we mention here:
– Restaurant Cristal, Johan van Walbeeckplein, Wine, dine and bites. French style fine dining in renovated monument Restaurant
– Kome, worldly cooking techniques lay the foundation for the creative freedom of Chef David and Pastry Chef Susan, Johan van Walbeeckplein
– Fishaliscious delicious Seafood and more, Penstraat
– Mundo Bizarro, a fusion restaurant and café with a remarkable interior, Nieuwestraat
– Restaurant Ginger, Carib Asian Cuisine, Schoonestraat, Pietermaai Smal open 7 days a week, from 5 till late
– Plasa Bieu, real local food, only lunch
– Deja Vu, French style restaurant, Pietermaai 80
Around the corner from PM78, in the Nieuwestraat, you can enjoy Jazz music in the broadest sense at Miles Jazz Café. On Monday and Thursday there is a live jazz performance. All the other days you are more than welcome to wander inside and connect to the music of true jazz legends and current jazz artists. Most of the music is even played on old fashioned turntables! Besides enjoying Jazz classics, this is also the place in Pietermaai to enjoy a broad variety of drinks, cognac, and cigars. While there, try the Hennessy Mojito during a domino game!
The national currency on the island is the Netherlands Antilles florin or ‘guilder’. The U.S. dollar currency is also accepted everywhere along with traveler’s checks and most major credit cards. 100 USD biljets will not accepted everywhere. Your return will be mostly in guilders.
Exchange rate on the local market: USD 1 = 1.75 NA florin.
Dutch is the official language. Habitants also speak English, Spanish and their own unique blend, Papiamentu.
Do you like to rent a car to explore the island and its beautiful beaches? We can recommend these friendly and professional car rentals:
– www.justdrivecuracao.com (new cars, all risk insurance, 24/7 road assistance, drop off and pick up at Curacao Airport or free drop off/pick up at PM78, GPS Curacao available)
– https://livcuracaocarrental.com (Trendy Fiat 500 in fancy colors, glass panoramic roof or convertible or Jeep Compass automatic)
Flying Times and Airlines (Curacao Airport is on a 20 minutes drive from/to PM78)
Amsterdam (KLM / TUI) – 9 hrs.
Frankfurt (Condor) – 11 hrs.
Toronto / Montreal (Air Canada / Westjet)- 5 hrs.
Miami (AA) – 2.5 hrs.
New York – Newark (JetBlue) – 4.5 hrs.
Electricity in our apartments
110 voltage (in Ocean View Loft, Urban Loft and Beach House Pietermaai) and 220 voltage in apartments, both USA outlets and European outlets. Phones and computers will convert the voltage by itself.