On the windswept, wave exposed north-eastern shore of Curaçao lays a national park that offers a beautiful respite from the beaches and shopping. This more than 10 km of rugged limestone bluffs makes for a beautiful well marked easy hike on the north shore of the island. The entrance point is Boka Tabla, where you can park your car close to the thunderous wave crashing action and grab a map to start your adventure. The paths are well marked and the trails easy to follow. Just make sure you wear something more than flip-flops should you want to explore a little. Walk around the inlets where three types of turtles lay their eggs. Sit on one of the well-built wooden decks to feel the wind and listen and watch the intoxicating methodical crashing of the waves bursting into the air with explosive fury. Walk down the steps carved into the rocks and watch the surf roll in.
For visitors who like to experience the roughness of the sea at close range, Boka Tabla is a must-see. This electrifying site is located up north, and is known for its huge waves thundering into an underground cavern. Boka Tabla is part of the area of what is popularly called Shete Boka (Seven Inlets). The sea at these Bocas is powerfully wild and for us, the merely humans, just next to impossible to swim in. Which makes it even more fascinating to see how turtles come ashore at this very spot to lay their eggs. This is why Shete Boka has become a protected breeding area.
In conclusion it is safe to say that the dynamic mechanism of nature, intervention of man and history has greatly contributed to the development of the sea, bays and beaches on Curaçao, providing for many distinctive experiences for visitors with all types of interests. Multifaceted as they are, the Curaçao water and shores offer great diversity: something unquestionably unique in the Caribbean area.If you are not interested in walking all that much, the roads are designed to accommodate your vehicle and you can reduce your travel time between the Boka’s by commuting to the individual landmarks. Photos & text by Ricky Friedlander