Curacao – St jorisbaai – a walk through the hills

By Alwin Hendriks

This is a walk of about 5 km, a beautiful hike through the hills at St Jorisbaai. The track is a little bit difficult to find, but I will try to explain it. It is a small track going through the hills aside St Jorisbay, the hills which are located between the bay and the sea.

PUBLISHED : 2nd February, 2019
LAST MODIFIED : 2nd February, 2019

1. Aside the lake

After parking the car at end of the ‘real’ road, I walked the first part towards the left (with the water always at my right hand). You will cross the sail clubs and the place where people used to enjoy quad driving. When you get almost to where the water goes left towards the sea, you will see a small track going up. This is where aside the water you see a small boat wreck, if that wreck is still there of course. You will go up this track, although the track doesn’t really seem to be a hiking track (later you’ll find out it is, and what a beautiful one!)

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The typical landscape around the lake (and a lots of places on the island of Curacao). You can see the influence of the always beautiful weather on the island. It is very dry. And imagine that this picture was taken just after the raining season, so it was more green then the rest of the year!
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The cactus is a very common plant on Curacao, because of the dry and hot weather during the whole year. They can grow very big. Especially here around the lake, you can see cactus plants of up to 12 meters high.
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A cactus plant on Curacao. I am not a (cactus) plant scientist, but I read that some type of this cactus plants only grow on the Island of Curacao. Probably because of the typical volcanic soil.
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This is where people use to enjoy riding quads and motorbikes as well as mountain-bikes. You can see that the terrain is (made) ideal for these kind of activities.
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This is not the most beautiful picture I have. But I want to show it because there is plenty of this plant on the island.
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2. Climbing the small track

As mentioned; where on your right hand you see a small boat wreck and a death tree, you will climb the track on the left. As soon as you find a track that is marked as a hiking track you will follow it to the left. This track will lead you for some time through small tracks and beautiful nature, going up and down a little bit, until you end up at a big car track (not paved). You will now follow the big car track rightwards in the direction of the sea. When you have the feeling that you have crossed the hills and you can (almost) see the see, you will see a small track on your right. You will take this track, it will take you back to where you more or less started to climb…

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This is how the small beautiful track looks like.
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And this is how the beautiful sights of the lake look like. If you look at the picture very well, you can see somebody windsurfing.
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This is the beautiful hill quiet landscape that you are walking through. 
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3. Spectacular sunset looking over the lake of St Jorisbaai

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And with this amazing sunset over St jorisbaai I was walking back towards my car.
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