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From the Ring head northeast of the city to Brievengat (Brievengat industial park), go past the Centro Deportivo de Korsou and follow the small signs to Playa Kanoa; take a right and about 200 meters further there's the beach.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?OK
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Playa Kanoa
DirectionRight and left
BottomReef (coral, sharp rocks etc..)
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.0m-1.5m / 3ft-5ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionDon't know
Best tide movementDon't know
If you find the small bay then pull off the road before you get to the small group of houses and drive down the path to park on the beach.
On small to normal days, you can park the car on the beach, there is a big hut where you can sit in the shade and watch the break. On big days(hurricane swell) you can't park your car there. too much water. Small day the wave is ok, with hurricane swell, it can be really good.
Very mushy wave, left has better form.
The road to Playa Kanoa will make you cringe - trash litters the side of the road and the giant potholes will make the drive slow, but once you pull off the road and sit inside the small, protected cove you feel like you've entered a little paradise, especially if you're lucky and the surf's pumping. If it's good, you'll wish you had a picnic basket and could stay all day.
Really chill, if you're friendly to the locals. they don't mind if somebody comes to surf there. During hurricane season and good north-swell definitely a good wave. During school-holidays it might get crowded, but once the big waves start getting big it's not to crowded anymore. Be nice to the locals, and please keep the beach clean of litter.
North Shore of Curacao is no North Shore of Oahu, but it can get fun. If you're a surfer, and find yourself in Curacao, check out Kanoa and meet the local crew - there is even a windsurfing place that rents boards in Spanish Water.
By us surfer , 13-03-2007
watch out! - dont go to KANOA its very dangerous!! locals are rude and love ripping gringos! especially the small boys wiht loads of skill! they fly all over the place.. one time they started beating me up for fun:) and gienne is the most dangerous of all!! he's short and musclular ..beware dont call him black!! he will hit u with his boobs!!( very big)the waves are only made for kamikazes!! breaks over 1 foot deep reef!! i thrased 2 boards and broke three arms in one day
By Gienne , 03-03-2007
Playa Kanoa - We will be needing more pictures!i have tons...will try to upgrade them!...see you in the water!....
By - b r a i n e y - email@example.com , 27-06-2006
The Playa Canoa insider - lol! - Playa Canoa is all good fun! Very chill & openminded locals, cept maybe if you forget your manners in and around the water at Canoa!The surf can get GOOD here! Even Epic at Canao! Those days do not happen too often. We might show you the spots if the, if you seem like a solid on all fronts kind of person. Some other spots that get good are not to easy to find. Just ask. If the swell is predicted to PUMP, or go mechanical, and you speak to the locals you will know where and when. Canoa is usually always the best BET when there is surf, but also for many other reasons should you visit! Some reasons to go there, are easy accessibility fairly good road, good wave hold, biggest swell window for surf, a beach/bay for swimming, you can get sodas & snacks, even buy fish form the local fishermen(lol)make NICE bbq, shade. So all in all, a good place just to hang out! You could even bring your family. Soem nice scenery, sunsets. A few locals there also that have lived there for a very long time. There are a few guys here that give surf lessons. Charles is one, I am the other that have so far. We mainly do it when time allows. If you are a HoT Chick we make time! ;)Or show us the money!!! Nowadays you can even rent boards. There is even a person (Charles, same guy) who is quite adequate (no understatement!!!) at board repair. Mind you, that he can be a busy person, and he is the only one permanantly estabished here that repairs. If you have any questions,....I mean any questions,... you can ask me via email. Don't be shy! ASK ASK ASK ;)
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