Curacao’s incredible turquoise beaches are concentrated on the west side of the island’s southern coast, where the calmer waters and soft white sands make for the best beach experiences. There are 35 public beaches to choose from, with lots of variety among them. None of the beaches are nudist or officially gay, although gays have been known to hang out at Cas Abao. Many of the beaches hive full-service dive shops, including Kontiki, Lagun, and Hook’s Hut. The nightlife and partying scene is based around Mambo Beach.