Curaçao Sea Aquarium, Bapor Kibra, Curaçao
Tel: 599 9 461 6666
Concierge.com's insider take:
Though not in the same class as, say, the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California, this collection of 400 species of local fish and coral is arguably the best in the Caribbean and a great way for nondivers to get up close and personal with marine life. The 46 aquariums include colorful French and queen angelfish, purple mouth and goldentail eels, and cubera snappers, all housed in sunlit tanks fed by an innovative open-water system that continually pumps in fresh seawater. There are also touch tanks with starfish and nurse sharks. Visitors can watch the underwater action in a fish-filled lagoon from the hold of a glass-bottom boat; the more adventurous can even enter the water and hand-feed sea turtles, nurse sharks, and sting rays. For an additional fee, the Dolphin Encounter allows visitors to swim with dolphins in a natural lagoon or even open water (599-9-465-8900; dolphin-academy.com).
Open daily 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.