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Willemstad is the capital of Curacao and the most important port in this part of the Caribbean. Its Dutch Colonial style of architecture makes it an attractive town and has caused it to be classed as a World Heritage site (photo of Willemstad Harbour © Wikipedia).

Willemstad consists of Punda on one side and Otra-Banda on the other side.

Position 12° 06.16'N, 68° 56.29'W

Clearance

See Curacao/Clearance for detailed information about Curacao formalities.

At the centre of Willemstad is St Anna Bay, through which all ships pass into the large Schottegat Harbour, past the floating pedestrian bridge which opens for vessels.

Yachts should tie up at the commercial dock on the starboard side of St Anna Bay, which is near Customs and Immigration. The Port Authorities will give berthing instructions. The VHF working channels in Curaçao are 12 and 14.

Note: 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 at Spanish Water and travel to town to clear.

Customs, Immigration and Harbour Inspection
Within 24 hours you need to check in at Customs and Harbour Immigration. Customs are at Punda at the corner of Handelskade and Capriles Kade, north of the floating bridge and west of the floating market.

Harbour immigration (green building) is at Otra-Banda, over the floating bridge to the right, directly under the high bridge. If walking over from Customs via the floating bridge, you can get to Immigration by going through the cruise ship entrance. If you are driving, there is a gate on the eastern side near the giant tanks.

Harbour Inspection will issue an anchor permit. They are located up the stairs from Immigration on the left (no signage). This office closes at 11:30 for a long lunch. They will ask you to mark where you are anchored. Be sure to take all your documents. You should be in one of the permitted anchorages.

The Immigration Office (Harbour Police) is located under Queen Juliana Bridge. It should not be confused with the immigration counter at the post office, which is for immigrants not yacht crews.

Last updated January 2017.

Customs Office
Capriles Kade
Tel:+599 9 434 5300
Opening hours: 24/7
Fort Nassau
VHF Channel 12
Call for bridge opening.
Immigration Office
Tel:461 4100
Opening hours: 07:00-21:30 (every day)

Docking

Willemstad is more convenient than Spanish Water for provisioning and repair. Docking is sometimes possible at the Handelskade or Mathey Wharf, permission must be first requested from the Harbour Master.

All anchoring needs permission from the harbour office in Willemstad. There is a charge.

Last updated February 2015.

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