The Blue Room Cave, Curacao
Blog Post - November 14, 2022
The Blue Room Cave is located on the northwest side of Curacao.
It takes about 45 minutes to hike there from Playa Santa Cruz.
This underwater cave has a wide opening that opens and closes with the water going up and down and you can swim through to access this large cave.
As the sun reflects through the opening, it gives the entire cave a blue hew. You want to go in the afternoon so the sun is facing the cave entrance.
To start this hike, you will need to drive to Playa Santa Cruz and park there. The parking is free. You can see the parking area from this aerial view:
We were coming from the north, so we made a right hand turn heading west towards Playa Santa Cruz. You will follow this long road till you get to the beach. At the beach entrance you will go to the right to the free parking area.
After parking, we started to walk over to the trailhead and saw the Playa Santa Cruz sign.
The trailhead is on the southend of the beach.
The first part of the hike will take you to Playa Santu Pretu. This is about a 15-minute hike. From this aerial view, you can see Playa Santa Cruz in the distance and Playa Santu Pretu to the right. The trail continues on from this beach to take you to the Blue Room Cave.
We walked over to the trailhead at Playa Santa Cruz and started the 15-minute hike. It had just rained so the trail was muddy. The first part of the hike is steep and then it levels out. There were also a lot of mosquitos, so bring mosquito spray.
As you get to the end of the trail, there is a small rocky area you will have to climb down. Then you'll come out to a sign that shows you that you are at Playa Santu Pretu.
The trail to go to the Blue Room Cave is at the back of the beach. You can see it from this aerial view:
As you continue onto the trail, you will see a bunch of signs pointing the same way. Even though there is no Blue Room Cave sign, that is the correct way to go. This is what the trail looks like on the way to the Blue Room Cave.
The trail will come to a T where you can go left or right. You will want to take a right to go to the Blue Room Cave. There is also a sign showing you to go to the right.
We followed the trail to the right until it comes out at the Blue Room Cave.
As you look out over the rocks, you can see some people swimming by the entrance to the Blue Room Cave. We followed the trail around to where you jump in.
You can see a small rocky trail going down. That's where you get out of the water when you are done.
This aerial view shows you where we were standing and where you get out of the water.
Directly below where we were standing is the Blue Room Cave. You can see the water spray coming out of it.
Then we jumped off the cliff. It's about a 10 foot jump to the water. We held our mask and snorkel in our hands while jumping in. I jumped in with my mask, snorkel, and fins just fine. It was nice to have some fins to swim in and out a lot faster.
This is the view of the Blue Room Cave from the outside once we were in the water.
When you swim through, it's about a 5 to 10 foot entrance that you will be underwater. Then it opens up to a large cave inside. As I was swimming underwater, I could see a bunch of people treading water inside the cave.
This is the view of the entrance looking from inside the Blue Room Cave. You can see that the water goes up and down, which opens and closes the entrance. Either way, it's really deep so you can just swim underwater to get in.
We saw a rock towards the back of the cave the sticks up enough to stand on it if you need a break from swimming.
After exploring the cave, we decided to head back out. You can see some people treading water on the outside of the cave.
Once you get out of the Blue Room Cave, you will swim to your right to get out of the water. You can see some people who had just got out and were standing on the rocky ledge.
As I was getting out, I noticed a hand hold that was really helpful in pulling myself up and onto the rocky area.
These are some more aerial views of the Blue Room Cave.
Overall, we loved our visit to the Blue Room Cave. You need to be a good swimmer to do this. You should also only go if the water is calm. Lastly, I would recommend wearing water shoes as the rocks were really sharp on my bare feet.
Parking at Playa Santa Cruz is free. The hike to the Blue Room Cave is free.
Total Cost: $0
Note: There is company that does excursions called Captain Goodlife. They are closed on Mondays. You don't need a reservation and they do boat trips to Playa Santu Pretu and the Blue Room Cave for $22 per person for 90 minutes. You can also rent a Kayak for $70 for 3 hours.
These are the checklist items I recommend:
- Bring a hat to keep the sun off of your face.
- Bring sunscreen
- Bring mosquito repellent
- Bring your own snorkeling gear
- Bring some cash if you want to go on a boat ride with Captain Goodlife to Playa Santu Pretu and the Blue Room Cave.
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