Caribbean Tourism

Travel Information

Excursions

The restored country estate houses, or landhuizen, emerge here and there in the parched countryside. Not all of them are open to the public but it is worth visiting some of those that are. Set in 503 ha in the east part of the island is Brievengat. Its exact date of construction is unknown, but it is believed to date from the early 18th century. It was used...

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 Antilles group, the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao), which lie off the coast of Venezuela. Each has a distinct character and flavour, St Eustatius being the poorest, Saba the smallest and despite some development...

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? How much? Danki Thank you Te aworo See you later A yo Goodbye

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 (also spelt Papiamentu), which originated with the Portuguese spoken by Jewish emigrants from Portugal, who were the most numerous settlers in the 17th century. Since then it has developed into a mixture of Portuguese,...

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 islands, most of whom endorsed autonomy. In 1948, the Dutch constitution was revised to allow for the transition to complete autonomy of the islands. In 1954 they were granted full autonomy in domestic affairs and became an...

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 chieftain or a priest. They survived principally on fish and shellfish and collected salt from the Charoma saltpan to barter with their mainland neighbours for supplements to their diet. There are remains of Indian villages...

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 (...

Communications

Telephone Services All American Cables & Radio Inc, Keukenstraat; Kuyperstraat; Radio Holland NV, De Ruytergade 51; Sita, Curaçao Airport. Prepaid phone cards are available for international calls from Antelecom, Belvédère House, T124. Telephone rates abroad are published in the telephone book, but beware if phoning from a hotel, you can expect a huge...

Getting Around

Land Car Hire: There are about 4 car rental agencies at the airport, all the offices are together so it is easy to pick up price lists for comparison. One or two companies usually have desks in each of the major hotels. Look in local tourist literature or newspapers for news of special deals on offer, there is lots of choice. There have been problems with...

Before Travelling

Documents All visitors must have an onward ticket to a destination outside the Netherlands Antilles and a confirmed room reservation before arriving. Tourists may stay for up to three months with a valid passport. Those intending to stay more than 90 days must apply for a visa. US citizens do not need a passport; a birth certificate, alien registration card...

Curacao

Curacao Curaçao the largest of the five islands comprising the Netherlands Antilles, lies in the Caribbean Sea 60 km off the Venezuelan coast, outside the hurricane belt. The landscape is barren, due to low rainfall which makes for sparse vegetation consisting mostly of cactus thickets, and although it is not flat, the only significant hill is Mount Christoffel in...

Old Havana (La Habana Vieja) - Places of Interest

Castillo del Morro Built between 1589 and 1630, with a 20 m moat, but much altered. It stands on a bold headland, with the best view of Havana and is illuminated at night. It was one of the major fortifications built to protect the natural harbour and the assembly of Spain’s silver fleets from pirate attack. The flash of its lighthouse, built in 1844, is...