One of the longest, unspoiled white sand beaches in the world lies 10km off the southeast coast of Curacao. This small, rather barren uninhabited island measuring only 3km2 was once home to farmers and fishermen, but its birds have left the biggest mark on the island. The droppings of seabirds caused a chemical reaction with the limestone creating phosphate, which destroyed much of its vegetation. Thanks to reforestation projects, the island has recovered and the shore is covered in soft white sand beside crystal clear water. Dive operators and sailboat charters arrange half and full day outings to the oversized volcanic rock for cookouts, snorkelling, diving and beach parties. Bear in mind that the trip of around two hours can get wild with waves rolling over the deck, but it's well worth the temporary discomfort, especially if you consider that dolphins can be seen on the trip back. The remains of Curacao's first slave quarantine building can be found on the northwest end of the island.