Dutch Caribbean

It is a known fact that Holland is located in the north-west of Europe, but not everyone knows that several islands in the Caribbean also belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They are Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba. These islands became municipalities of the Netherlands in 2010. This area is more known as the Caribbean Netherlands and is extremely beautiful and exotic.

Netherlands Antilles – is another name for Caribbean islands which are the part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Numerous visitors come to the islands for its warm climate, beautiful nature and numerous opportunities for a perfect vacation.

 Guide To The Caribbean Netherlands:

Bonaire

The island is considered to be the largest one of the three islands. It is a well-known international resort offering great opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. 

Underwater world of the Bonaire National Marine Park with coral reefs, mangroves and sea grass is a great spot for divers. Kite surfing and sailing are available here all year round.

Besides watersports you may also hike or cycle in the Washington Slagbaai National Park. The park occupies 5 643 hectares of the island and is located in the northern part of it. 

On the island you’ll have the possibility to enjoy the sand dunes, sandy beaches and thousands of flamingos. The island seems to be perfect for both kinds of travelers for those who love active holiday and for ones preferring to lay on the sun.

People here speak both Dutch and Papiamentu. The US dollar is the local currency. 

Saba and St. Eustatius

These pretty small islands are located in the northern region of the Netherlands Antilles. Saba is 5 square miles while St. Eustatius (or as it is often called Statia) is about 8. The islands represent unspoiled natural landscapes, huge variety of activities as well as historic heritage.

A dormant Saba volcano adds some peculiarity to the scenery of the island. It is officially considered to be the highest point in the country as the heights of the volcano reaches 887 meters. The island has a lot of places for hiking. Hiking trails through the rainforest and to the top of Mount Scenery are fascinating. Beaches here are also nice but not as great as on Bonaire Island.

Statia or St. Eustatius is popular for ecotourism. Here you may hike to The Quill, explore a dormant volcane and experience a marine park with spectacular coral reefs. Once Statia used to be one of the biggest trading centers in the whole world but now the island had become an internationally recognized beach resort and is visited by thousands of people each year.

 

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