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Netherland Antilles
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Netherland Antilles

Netherland Antilles at a Glance

The Netherland Antilles are a diverse group of islands now administered separately under Dutch law. Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao are frequently called the ABC Islands and are popular tourist destinations.

Get to know the ABCs: Aruba caters almost entirely to tourism and American tourists from the East Coast make up the majority of customers. Bonaire has fabulous diving and the tourist scene focuses on divers from all over the world.

Curacao is the most balanced of the islands and offers a bustling urban center with business and industry supplanting tourism as the major economic forces. Good museums, a thriving urban scene, good diving and a series of plantation parks make Curaçao a fun place to visit. The Dutch side of Sint Maarten offers an adult playground of casinos, yachting, upscale shopping and timeshare homes. 

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Popular Places
  • Aruba Aruba
  • Bonaire Bonaire
  • Curaçao Curaçao
  • Sint Maarten Sint Maarten
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Queen Beatrix International Airport
  • Major Airport Princess Juliana International Airport
  • Major Airport Flamingo International Airport
  • Major Airport Curaçao International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

American travelers can enter the Dutch Antilles by showing a valid U.S passport with at least one blank page and with over six months until the expiration date. Travelers will need to make arrangements for visits over 30 days, as a visa may be required. Contact the Embassy of the Netherlands in your country for more information. U.S citizens can visit the U.S Department of State website for more information. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather Hurricane season lasts from June to November and many of the islands all but shut down during this time. 

Safety Concerns Muggings, car break-ins and property crimes are common. Never leave anything in the car and if you are being followed, or your car is bumped in a deserted area, keep driving. Do not walk around at night and stick to well-lit areas. 

Health Concerns Resort water is usually safe to drink. However, if you are unsure about the water, bottled is readily available on every island.

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