We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Willemstad, Curacao

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 22 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 7
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Interesting

Passed by this cemetery on our bus tour. I always like to check out historic cemeteries wherever I visit. This one was very unique with all above ground graves, I believe they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 July 2014
LI25NY
,
New York City, New York
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 13: English reviews
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

this important cemetery is well maintained and has some elaborate stone work. simalar to Oderkirk in Amsterdam. It's next to an oil refinery- so you will smell the burning etc.

Helpful?
Thank abrahams91
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

A very short drive from the beach and hotels to an incredible old Jewish cemetery, with fabulous stone work. Worth the short drive. Use a gps and see the charming colorful houses and streets along the way. Stop at the synagogue in town also.

Helpful?
Thank Sherry C
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

History that is disappearing before your eyes as the fumes from the adjacent refineries wear off the carvings on the the headstones. You can see plaster versions of ten of the headstones, taken some 50 years ago, at the Synagogue museum in Punda.

Helpful?
Thank Ilanooshka
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
291 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

Passed by this cemetery on our bus tour. I always like to check out historic cemeteries wherever I visit. This one was very unique with all above ground graves, I believe they said because of flooding issues. Very interesting stop.

Helpful?
Thank LI25NY
El Paso, Texas
Level Contributor
95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

Beit Hayim was hard to find and across town so we went to the other (newer) Jewish Cemetery to find our ancestors. This cemetery was right in town and easier to get to. Probably in better shape than the older one but just as fascinating. Definitely worth visiting. Lots of history there. We were directed there by the kind employees... More 

Helpful?
Thank Carlos Antonio J
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
69 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

This is an amazing historical site with graves dates as far back as the 1700's. It's sad that oil refineries decided to build next to the cemetery.

Helpful?
Thank Larry M
Mission Viejo, California
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2012

We were taken here by Gigi on our Jewish heritage tour of the island. Gigi was wonderful in pointing out all of the different graves and unusual inscriptions. It is very sad that it is in very poor shape and mostly cannot be repaired.

Helpful?
1 Thank Jane M
Derry, New Hampshire
Level Contributor
28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2012

We visited the Beit Hayim Cemetery with a private tour by Gigi. I'd never seen the type of carving that was used on the gravestones here. It was very interesting to hear the stories and explanations. The cemetery is deteriorating rapidly due to the acid from the oil refinery. The paths in the cemetery are rocky and uneven. It's difficult... More 

Helpful?
Thank jlmadnick
Trondheim, Norway
Level Contributor
100 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2012

Very fascinating for those with a special interest in Curacao/Sephardi history. Iconic and very emotional. Probably you will be the only person there. You need a car in order to get to the cemetery, which is almost totally surrounded by the Isla (Oil refinery).

Helpful?
4 Thank oyvindei
Willemstad, Curacao
Level Contributor
39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

I visited this site with my old friend Naftali, who was very interested in the names on the stones. The cemetery looks poorly maintained.

Helpful?
3 Thank Roel525

Travellers who viewed Beit Hayim Cemetery also viewed

 
Willemstad, Curacao
Willemstad, Curacao
 

Been to Beit Hayim Cemetery? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Beit Hayim Cemetery staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?