Among Curacao's beloved beaches, Playa Kenepa (also called Kleine Knip, aka "Little Knip") makes a great double-header with the larger Grote Knip (you've got it down now: "Big Knip") to the north, just a scenic stroll away. It's a pocket-sized cove beach backed by lush tropical hardwoods and flanked, like its big brother, by striking limestone cliffs, the bristling columnar cacti of which look especially exotic fired up by sunset light.
Playa Kenepa's certainly a fine spot for cabana R&R and swimming—thrillseekers cliff-jump here as well—but it may be most celebrated for its first-rate snorkeling. These crystal-clear waters offer a sloping reef within easy reach; besides corals, sea fans, and reef fish, you may luck out with a sighting of a sea turtle or a manta ray.
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