Jan Thiel Beach


Jan Thiel beach is the famous beach of Curacao, which is seen more as a more luxurious and entertainment beach.

The beach

The beach is located in the Jan Thiel district in Curacao. The Jan Thiel beach has many nice restaurants, nice bars, a chip shop, small shopping center, casino and fun activities for children.

In general, the Jan Thiel beach has only a small part where you have a beach (sand) that goes directly into the water. This is in the left part at Restaurant Zest and in the right part next to Restaurant Koko's. The rest of the Jan Thiel beach is a concrete quay which is directly on the water.
However, there is beautiful sand and beach everywhere, the only thing is that this does not run directly into the water everywhere.

I explained it in the image below where the concrete quays are in Jan Thiel beach and where the beach is in Jan Thiel Beach.

Red: Concrete quay
Green: Beach

Restaurants on Jan Thiel Beach

In Jan Thiel you have many nice and tasty restaurants:

  • Friture: At the top of the parking lot you have a chip shop called 'De Frietboetiek'. They serve very tasty fries and snacks and you can sit there.
  • Zest Restaurant: You can find ZEST Restaurant on the left side of the Jan Thiel Strand. It is a lovely restaurant with a Mediterranean cuisine. They have a delicious menu and their opening hours are from 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM. (Kitchen closes at 22:00)
  • Zest Beach Cafe: The Zest Beach Cafe has a little less luxury than the Zest Restaurant, but the quality is delicious. They are open from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM and you can find them at the picnic tables on the beach.
  • Dulce Ice Bar: For delicious ice cream at Jan Thiel, you should definitely visit Dulce Ice Bar. They are open every day from 13:00 to 22:00 and can be found on the Jan Thiel Strand next to the Badminton court.
  • Zanzibar Restaurant: Zanzibar Beach & Restaurant is located directly to the right of the parking lot on Jan Thiel beach. It is an international restaurant with an extensive and delicious menu. It is open daily from 08:00 to 00:00 and the kitchen is open from 09:00 to 22:00. Breakfast is also possible at Zanzibar Restaurant.
  • Tinto Restaurant: The Tinto Restaurant is a delicious Argentinian restaurant located on the right side of Zanzibar Restaurant. Restaurant Tinto in Jan Thiel is located directly on the sea where you can enjoy the best view, especially at sunset. Restaurant Tinto is open daily from 17:00 to 23:30 and the kitchen opens at 18:00.
  • Koko's Restaurant: Restaurant Koko's is the hang-out of the Jan Thiel beach to really unwind. Here you can enjoy a combination of Streetfood, fresh smoothies, healthy shakes & juices and of course cocktails, beer and wine. Koko's restaurant is open daily from 09:00 until sunset, so also open for breakfast.

Activities on Jan Thiel Beach

There is a lot to experience at the Jan Thiel Beach in Curacao.

  • Beach Tennis: Jan Thiel Beach has a beautiful and large Beach tennis court where you can play wonderful beach tennis. You can rent balls and rackets here. The Beach Tennis court of Jan Thiel Beach is located directly at the entrance next to the parking spaces.
  • Scuba Do: Diving in Jan Thiel, you do that of course at the Scuba Do diving center. The Scuba Do dive center is located on Jan Thiel beach, right next to Restaurant Koko's. You can rent diving equipment or take diving lessons here.
  • Zapata Flyboard: Flyboarding on Jan Thiel Beach in Curacao is quite an experience, and you can of course do that at Zapata Flyboard. It's a unique experience, it only costs $139 for 30-40 minutes and you even get a free drink afterwards!
  • Blue Finn Charters: Blue Finn Charters depart with their great 23-meter sailing yacht from the Jan Thiel Beach in Curacao to various locations and tours such as: 'West Coast Beach Trip', 'Klein Curacao', 'Snorkling trip', 'Sunset Sailing Trip'
  • Bounty Adventures: Bounty Adventures also makes great trips every day from the Jan Thiel beach in Curacao, such as a trip to 'Klein Curacao' or a 'Sunset Sail Tour' or go for a great snorkel tour!

Shops & Services on Jan Thiel Beach

  • Budget Car Rental: In Curacao you must of course have a car, that works much better if you want to see all the beautiful parts of Curacao. Budget Car Rental located on Jan Thiel Beach has all beautiful cars in stock, which you can book right away. Click here to book a car with Budget Car Rental
  • Beachshop Summer Breeze: At Beachshop Summer Breeze on Jan Thiel in Curacao you will find the most beautiful and trendy bikinis, bathing suits and other stuff you need on the beach.
  • Dushi Superstore: Dushi Superstore at Jan Thiel has a nice range of T-shirts, towels and bags from Zanzibar and I Am Superdushi
  • Massage Errel: At Massage Errel on Jan Thiel Beach you can really relax, and relax with a wonderful massage. They are open every day from 10:00 am
  • Pedicure Salon Marisol: At Pedicure Salon Marisol on Jan Thiel Beach you can find Manicure, Pedicure and new gel and acrylic nails.
  • Swimming school De Pelikaan: Swimming school the pelican offers all kinds of swimming diplomas, for young and old. For a diploma you have to follow classes 4 times a week for a month.
  • Yoga I Am (Zanzibar): Zanzibar Yoga gives classes in Power Yoga every Sunday from 7:30 am to 9:00 am.
  • ATM Machine: Directly in front of Zanzibar Restaurant there is an ATM machine where you can pin money in Gulden.
  • Laundry service: On the right side of the parking lot you will find a container that serves as a laundry.

Parking at Jan Thiel Beach

Jan Thiel beach has its own large parking spaces (which, incidentally, are more often full in good weather with events).

If you drive in at the main entrance of Jan Thiel, along the barrier you have parking spaces on the right and left side.
The right park your car in front of: Zanzibar Restaurant, Tinto Restaurants and Restaurant Koko
To the left hand side you can easily park in front of: Dulce Ice Cream Parlor, De Frietboetiek, Restaurant ZEST and many shops.

Parking is free on Jan Thiel Beach, but you have to pay for the beach more often. You pay this directly at the entrance where you can pay cash or pin.

Events on Jan Thiel Beach

Jan Thiel Beach is of course really a party beach, so there are many events to experience on Jan Thiel Beach.

The upcoming events:

Entrance on Jan Thiel Beach

The entrance on Jan Thiel Beach is 6 guilders (3 euros) at a time.
Renting a beach bed is also possible from 6 guilders.

Jan Thiel beach with children

At Jan Thiel Beach in Curacao there is a special section for children. This the beach directly behind the beach tennis court.
If you look at the picture of the card, it is the small beach which is marked green.

  • Jan Thiel's Children's Beach has sand that goes directly into the beach, and no concrete quay
  • They have a nice playground on the beach, and also a large playground
  • The ice cream parlor Dulci is also located directly on the playground

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