Caribbean Tourism

Netherland Antilles - ABC

The Netherlands Antilles, The ABC's consist of the islands of Aruba (autonomous, see below) Bonaire and Curaçao (popularly known as the ‘ABC’s’) 60-80 kilometres off the coast of Venezuela, outside the hurricane belt; and 880 kilometres further north (in the hurricane belt) are the ‘3 S’s’: Sint Eustatius (Statia), Saba, and the south part of Sint Maarten (St-Martin) in what are generally known as the Leeward Islands. Because of the distance separating the north islands from the other Dutch possessions, the 3 S’s are described in a separate section earlier in the Handbook.


There is some confusion regarding which islands are Leeward and which Windward: locals refer to the ABCs as ‘Leeward Islands’, and the other 3 as ‘Windward’, a distinction adopted from the Spaniards, who still speak of the Islas de Sotavento and de Barlovento with reference to the trade winds.

Each island is different from the others in size, physical features, the structure of the economy and the level of development and prosperity.


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History of Netherland Antilles - ABC

The first known settlers of the islands were the Caiquetios, a tribe of peaceful Arawak Indians, who lived in small communities under a...

Curacao

Curacao Curaçao the largest of the five islands comprising the Netherlands Antilles, lies in the Caribbean Sea 60 km off the Venezuelan coast,...

Government & Economy of Netherland Antilles - ABC

The organization of political parties began in 1936 and by 1948 there were four parties on Curaçao and others on Aruba and the other...

Papiamento and Netherland Antilles - ABC

Dutch is the official language, and many islanders also speak English or Spanish, but the lingua franca of the ABC islands is Papiamento (...

Papiamento Glossary

Bon bini Welcome Con ta bai How are you? Mi ta bon I am well Bon dia Good morning Bon tarde Good afternoon Bon nochi Good evening Cuanti?...

The Netherland Antilles- The ‘3 S’s’

The Netherland Antilles, The ‘3 S’s’, Saba, Sint Eustatius (Statia) and Sint Maarten are 880 km north of the rest of the Netherlands...

Introduction

Curacao is an island of tropical charms with sophisticated European flair. Long-standing ties to Holland are reflected in rows of crayola-...