Netherlands Antilles Travel Guide

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Split into two relatively distant island groups, the former slave trade capital of (former) Netherlands Antilles is now a mellow corner of the Caribbean, known for white-sand beach resorts and the pastel colors of its Dutch-influenced waterfront housing, which exists in odd contrast to its clear blue waters and relentlessly sunny skies.

Curacao, since 10 October 2010 a separate country, is perhaps the most popular island, and home to Papiamentu, a widely spoken, home-brewed mix of countless European languages (though most inhabitants are comfortable communicating in English). You’ll find picturesque diving and snorkeling beaches, as well as imposing colonial forts guarding harbor gates, a colossal Ostrich Farm offering its own intriguing tours, and ‘the floating market’, a regular influx of fresh fish and cheap fruit that arrives from nearby Venezuela. The electric-blue liquor named after the island is made from the prominent bitter oranges found throughout, and now comes in a vivid yellow shade, too, while the food is a mysterious mix of European, East Asian and African influences, which fuse into a unique local flavor.

On nearby Bonaire, public body within the country of the Netherlands, you’ll find still gaudier diving, together with picture postcard beaches draped in the occasional surviving slave hut, no bigger than a small garden shed. It’s an adventurer’s hang out: off road biking and kite boarding are big here, while wildlife lovers will find fluttering flocks of flamingoes and expansive salt-flat ecosystems.

The Dutch (southern) half of St Martin happily co-exists with the northern (French) half, and is a bustling tourist spot inundated with the dreaded time-share community salesmen. Beaches are still the main draw, though casinos and a gentle butterfly farm - as well as more of those indescribably eclectic restaurants - are a pleasant aside from the countless generic resorts. Tiny St. Eustatius is far less accessible, but a pleasant getaway spot, while the near-uninhabited expanses of beautiful Saba play host to exceptional wall diving, villages seemingly tumbling from the verdant hills, and an outstanding range of orchids, lizards and sea life.

Split distantly in to two groups – it would be illogical to simply visit every part of Netherlands Antilles – these islands are nonetheless bonded by a common past and collectively astonishing underwater experiences.

Curacao #1 most popular location
Technically part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Curacao is nevertheless a tropical paradise located within the Caribbean as part of the ABC group of islands located in Lesser Antilles, ju…
322travelers 17reviews 4blogs
Bonaire #2 most popular location
Bonaire is an island in the Netherlands Antilles. It is part of the ABC islands of the Leeward Antilles along with Aruba and Curaçao. There are several languages spoken including Dutch, Papi…
127travelers 16reviews 16blogs
Willemstad #3 most popular location
Willemstad is the territorial capital of the Netherlands Antilles. Located at 12°7′N, 68°56′W, on the island of Curaçao, it has an estimated population of 125,000. The city consists of…
89travelers 15reviews 9blogs
Sint Maarten #4 most popular location
Sint Maarten, or as pronounced in the U.S., Saint Martin, was discovered by Columbus in 1493 and is an island that is owned by two countries; 1/2 is Dutch, and 1/2 is French shared for over 3…
37travelers 10reviews 3blogs
Aruba #5 most popular location
Aruba is a great island with good sandy beaches on the SW coast and good shopping in town. Its a coral island and not volcanic so no tropical mountains but a desert island...a beautiful deser…
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Kralendijk #6 most popular location
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Philipsburg #7 most popular location
The maintown on the Dutch side of the Netherland Antilles island of Sint Maarten,on a narrow stretch of land between great bay and the Great Salt Pond. It was discovered by Christopher Columb…
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Saba #8 most popular location
Saba is a volcanic island in the Caribean. It is also the smallest public body of the Netherlands. Since October 2010 it is no longer part of the Netherlands Antilles, that country was split …
11travelers 1reviews 4blogs
oyster pond #9 most popular location
Washington Slagbaai Park #10 most popular location
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Shete Boka Park - Curacao #11 most popular location
Flamingo International Airport #12 most popular location
Hato Airport - Curacao #13 most popular location
Scharloo - Willemstad - Curacao #14 most popular location
Klein Curacao - Curacao #15 most popular location
Fort Beekenburg - Caracasbaai - Curacao #16 most popular location
Westpunt #17 most popular location
Christoffel Park - Curacao #18 most popular location
Curacau #19 most popular location
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Soto - Curacao #20 most popular location