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Watamula and Playa Gepi

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Watamula, at the northern tip of Curaçao, is a windblown wasteland of jagged volcanic rocks. It’s not an area in which you’d want to spend a majority of your vacation, but it has a few geological features that are worth hunting down.

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Parking a car in Curaçao is an activity fraught with danger, as there is a serious possibility that someone will smash open the back windshield with a rock. Violent crime is not widespread on Curaçao, but vandalism and theft certainly are. And cars rented by tourists are a favorite target. During our trip to the Shete Boka National Park, we saw two cars with their windows smashed, their occupants standing around frustrated and upset, waiting for the police to arrive.

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It happens a lot and I mention it now, because as we pulled into the small Watamula parking area, I thought, “This looks like the perfect place for window smashing.” It’s secluded, far from any security, there are places for thieves to hide, paths down which they can escape and, crucially, the car owners are going to be hundreds of meters away, across a field of volcanic rock. Even if you were to hear your window being smashed, you’d never get back fast enough. My suspicions weren’t exactly unfounded; all around Watamula’s parking lot were piles of shattered windshield glass.

But a little foresight goes a long way. Before leaving our car anywhere, but especially in a place like Watamula, we would take everything out, and make a big show about it. And I mean “everything”: even trivial items like ball caps and sunglasses. We would leave the glove compartment open and the trunk uncovered, so that potential thieves could see there’s nothing there. No reason to smash if there’s nothing to grab.

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Once our car was emptied, we could get back to concentrating on the nature. Directly in front of the parking lot and close to the shore, is the Eye of Curaçao: an enormous round sinkhole through which you can see the ocean swirling around. “Careful, thieves,” I thought, looking back anxiously at our car, “Curaçao is watching you.”

We now turned toward the east, and came upon a patch of porous ground through which the waves beneath can be heard. This phenomenon is known as the Breath of Curaçao, and it really does sound like the ground is steadily inhaling and exhaling.

Following the coast west, we walked along the cliffs until reaching a small sandy cove called Playa Gepi. A path led onto the sand and we sat here for awhile, watching the waves crash ashore; this might be a good place to go diving, but we found it far too choppy and dangerous for swimming. Regardless, we liked Playa Gepi for its solitude. Besides ours, there wasn’t another set of footprints in the sand.

Locations on our Map: Eye of Curaçao | Breath of Curaçao | Playa Gepi

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Shete Boka National Park

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The eastern coast of Curaçao is completely different from the tranquil west. Here, the Caribbean Sea greets the shore with power and violence. You won’t want to swim, but it’s fun to watch massive waves smash against the rocks. And nowhere is the view more impressive than the Shete Boka National Park.

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Shete Boka is Papiamento for “Seven Mouths,” referring to the number of rocky inlets which have been carved into the coast. The ocean crashes into each of these “mouths” with fury, sending sprays of water high into the air. From the park’s entrance, it’s easy to reach four of the best inlets; you can drive to them in your car, or better yet: embark on a dramatic hike along a set of coastal trails.

The closest inlet to the parking lot is Boka Tabla, where the crashing water has hollowed out a slippery cave. Visitors are allowed to enter at their own risk, but I ventured down just a few steps, afraid that a sudden wave might take me off guard. I felt safer up above, stationed on the viewing platform; each of the bokas in the park has a place from which to take pictures.

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From here, we walked north along the coast to Boka Wandomi, where we were able to see a natural bridge that has formed in the rock. Returning to the south, we headed toward Boka Kalki. It was slow-going; the ground here is comprised of jagged, volcanic rock, and it’s difficult to walk on. But once we got closer, the vegetation changed, and soon we were on a path that led through a forest of twisted trees, until reaching the sand of Boka Kalki.

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Boka Pistol was the final mouth of the day, and perhaps the most spectacular of them all. Its name is no exaggeration; a circular hole has been worn into the rock, and when the waves hit it, the water swirls around briefly before shooting high into the air, as though from a pistol.

We could have returned along the coast, but decided to take the long way back to the parking lot. A walking path leads into the interior, up two hills (Seru Braun and Seru Chai), providing views of the rocky, savage coastline. It was a great way to end our trip to Shete Boka. We appreciate calm, idyllic beaches as much as the next guys, but it’s nice to see that Curaçao’s nature also has a wild side.

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December 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm Comments (0)
Watamula and Playa Gepi Watamula, at the northern tip of Curaçao, is a windblown wasteland of jagged volcanic rocks. It's not an area in which you'd want to spend a majority of your vacation, but it has a few geological features that are worth hunting down.
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