At the bird reserve at the back of Spanish Water you can encounter a variety of water birds. Some of these water birds include the brown pelican, American sandpipers, small yellow-legged martins, and the beautiful frigatebirds, called “makwaku” in Papiamento.
1. Quarantine Building: A Glimpse into History
One of the intriguing landmarks along the shores of Spanish Waters is the Quarantine Building. Dating back to the 19th century, this historic structure served as a quarantine facility for incoming ships, aiming to prevent the spread of contagious diseases. While cruising on your boat, take in the view of this historical gem and appreciate the efforts of the Curaçao government in restoring it. A testament to the island’s past, the Quarantine Building provides a fascinating glimpse into the maritime history of Curaçao.
2. Jan Sofat: Luxury by the Lagoon
Embark on a journey along the exclusive gated community of Jan Sofat, nestled on the shores of Spanish Waters. Originally an 18th-century plantation with nicknames like Jan Zoutvat and Plantage Vredeberg, Jan Sofat is now renowned as one of the chicest neighborhoods on the island. Cruise past luxurious villas and appreciate the blend of historic charm and contemporary elegance that defines this area. The Tiki Boat offers a unique vantage point to admire the beauty and sophistication of Jan Sofat as you enjoy the gentle breeze and scenic views.
3. St. Barbara Landhouse: A Majestic Hilltop Retreat
As you sail across Spanish Waters, make sure to set your course towards the majestic St. Barbara Landhouse. Built in 1662 by Matthias Beck, the governor of Curaçao at the time, this historic landhouse sits atop a hill, providing a commanding view of the lagoon. Marvel at the architecture and immerse yourself in the rich history of St. Barbara Landhouse. While the fort of Beekenburg may not be accessible by boat, the St. Barbara Landhouse offers a glimpse into the island’s colonial past and architectural heritage.
Spanish Water offers a variety of natural features, from mountains to islands. There is also a diversity of animals, such as sea turtles and water birds. Spanish Water has a lot to offer, and the best way to explore this offering is undoubtedly with a Tiki boat!
Along the coast of Spanish Water, various mountains can be seen, including Kabrietenberg. “Kabriet” means ‘goat’ in Papiamento, and this mountain is 78 meters high. This mountain can also be climbed.
Another mountain that is clearly visible from Spanish Water is Table Mountain, located to the east near Santa Barbara Beach. The mountain is named for its large flat top, which is scraped off for building material. Table Mountain is 196 meters high and easily visible from a Tiki boat.