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Location

Spanish Water lies about 6nm southeast of Willemstad towards the settlement of Newport on Curacao's southern coast.

The rocky shoreline can be tricky with strong tradewinds and the entrance is difficult to spot with breakers everywhere. The narrow opening has no markers, a sandbank on one side and rocks on the other. Definitely not to be attempted at night.

Once through the entrance channel, Spanish Water provides a large area of sheltered water, buzzing with activity. There is a strong cruising community here and a good range of yachting services.

Position 12° 03.72'N 68° 51.18'W

Clearance

See Curacao/Clearance for detailed information about Curacao formalities.

Officials no longer visit Spanish Water.

As tying up to the dock in Willemstad for clearance is both uncomfortable and dangerous due to the heavy wash from commercial traffic, many yachts prefer to berth here and travel to town to clear.

See Willemstad Clearance for details on the locations of all authorities.

Last updated January 2017.

Docking

Anchoring

Most visiting boats anchor in Spanish Waters Bay, which is well sheltered. Despite the size however, it can be difficult to find space among the forest of masts.

All anchoring needs permission from the harbour office in Willemstad. It costs $10 USD for 3 days in each anchorage, except Spanish Water where a permission lasts for 3 months.

Click here for a map of the anchorage areas.

It can be difficult to decide exactly where to anchor. Near the dinghy dock means a lot of traffic, in the middle boats pitch relentlessly in the mile-long fetch, and the protected anchorages entail long (wet) dinghy rides.

Many cruisers end up staying here a long time as everything is so convenient. Free shuttles run twice a day to the local supermarkets, a water boat comes by to fill up the tanks, there is a morning radio net for advice, all kinds of activities are organized for and by cruisers and, of course, there’s the daily happy hour.

Getting Ashore

There is a dinghy dock at the Fisherman's Harbour dock which is free and has 24hr security. SOV Asiento also has a dinghy dock which is available for 55 guilders/month if you take temporary membership.

Go ashore with dry bags for your clothes for the return trip, or bathers to change into.

An alternative, quieter permitted anchorage can be found east of Spanish Water at Fuik Bay. Anchor in the NE corner in 3 to 4m over mud.

Marinas

There are a number of docking facilities here (see below).

The Curaçao Yacht Club is only open to members.

Last updated February 2015.

Security

See comments at bottom of page re. dinghy and outboard theft here.

Last updated September 2017.

Harbour Master
Motet Kade
Tel:+599 9 434 5972 / 434 5968
Opening hours: 07:30-11:45, 13:30-16:30 (Mon-Thurs), 07:30-11:45, 13:30-16:00 (Fri)
Kima Kalki Marina
Kima Kalki Marina N.V. , Brakkeput Ariba 62 , Spanish Water, Curaçao Netherland Antilles
Tel:+5999-7673014 / +5999-5602759 Fax:+5999-7674673 ,VHF Channel 72
A small, safe marina for yachts up to 80ft with electricity and water located in a well protected bay at Spanish Water.
Showers, toilets, WiFi, laundry service, internet, airport and supermarket shuttle bus services. Sailmaker and mechanical services. Customs and Immigration clearance.
Royal Marine Services Curacao B.V
Piscadera Bay, Curacao
Tel:+599 9 461 2028
Haul and launch, maintenance and repairs, yard storage and berths. Fuel dock, chandlery.
SOV Asiento
Rust & Burghlaan z/n
Tel:+5999 737 5560 / 466 3888
Temporary membership available. Dinghy dock for members. Restaurant.
Seru Boca Marina/Barbara Beach Marina
Porta Blancu z/n - Nieuwpoort , Curacao - Dutch Caribbean
Tel:+599.9 840 0080 - Mobile: +599.9 560 2599 Fax:5999-767-9003 ,VHF Channel 67
Opening hours: 08:00-17:00(Mon-Fri). Sat/Sun call mobile no.
Located in Spanish Waters. Seru Boca Marina has 135 slips available for docking vessels up to 80 feet in length. Barbara Beach Marina, located next to the hotel, can handle boats up to 130 feet. 24 hour security/CCTV, water and electricity to berths, shower/toilet, laundry, free Wi-Fi. The marina can also help arrange a range of marine repairs. It is regarded as a hurricane-safe marina. Harbor Master & Marina Manager Robert van den Heuvel.

Yacht Clubs

Curacao Yacht Club
Brakkeput Ariba
Tel:+5999 7674627 (office)/ 524 5208 (fuel dock) Fax:(+5999) 747-0119 ,VHF Channel 68
May have space on docks for transient cruisers (see comment below). Water and rubbish disposal. Playground. Able to haulout. Fuel dock. Wi-Fi.
Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 16, 2017 03:05 PM

Reported 15 September:

Be careful with stuff in Spanish Waters now. Two guys on Seadoo water scooters are stealing dinghies, motors etc. Our dinghy was stolen from the boat in the night, another locked dinghy was stolen from the dinghy dock - so security were probably sleeping. All in 3 weeks.

Editor's Note: This comment was recovered following technical problems with the site, so unfortunately we have lost the name of the cruiser who posted it.

burnettmed
burnettmed says:
Nov 21, 2015 05:35 PM

Curacao Yacht Club
Curacao Yacht Club can handle one or two transient boats. We inquired ahead of time and reserved a spot. Paid about $1/ft/day for our cat. They aren’t used to cruisers and don’t monitor their VHF, so when you come in, you have to scream at the fuel dock guy to find out where you should go. Note that the water pressure is quite high; we blew out our hose a few times! They have trash and parking but no laundry or showers. Wi-Fi is weak, but we were able to boost it to acceptable levels. Sometimes it would drop, so we covered ourselves with a SIM Card from the DTS store in town, which gave us sweet LTE speed at a penny a megabyte. Overall, the folks at the Yacht Club were nice and our kids enjoyed the giant playground and sand pit as well.
A note on Spanish Waters: Dick from the Yacht Isis no longer provides Wi-Fi, as mentioned in some cruising guides. The poor guy hasn't done it in years!
Finally, I would recommend Porto Medico by the airport, Dr. Allaart, for outpatient medicine. He is kind, speaks multiple languages, and has experience in travel medicine/cruisers.
Melinda Burnett, SV The Amazing Marvin, www.burnettsahoy.com

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Oct 27, 2014 01:40 PM

Posted on behalf of Paul and Andy Atkinson of SY Talulah Ruby 111:
Seru Boca Marina
Whilst the marina is out of the way and quite a long dinghy ride to buses, shops, bars etc. I would recommend this marina as the perfect place to leave the boat long term or during the hurricane season.
We left our yacht, a 57 Jeanneau, this year from June to September and had fantastic service from all the staff and new manager Robert Vandenheuvel. He inspected the boat on a regular basis emailing me a report fortnightly, and at $11 per ft per month it´s quite a bargain. The marina is set below a large hill and in the mangroves so very well protected. The marina is part of The Santa Barbara Plantation resort so security is also very good.

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