Top Tourist Places to Visit in Netherlands Antilles, America
The Netherlands Antilles or Dutch Antilles was a self-governing Caribbean country under the Kingdom of the Netherlands but now the country has been disbanded. Under the different legal status separated islands remain part of the kingdom and now these islands are commonly referred as the Dutch Caribbean islands.
Netherlands Antilles comprises of two island groups such as the ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) in the Leeward Antilles group and the SSS islands (Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius) in the Windward Islands group. Both these groups were in the Lesser Antilles.
History of Netherlands Antilles:
The Netherlands colonized six islands (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Saba, and Sint Eustatius) during the 17th century and in 1954, formed a new constituent country of the Netherlands Antilles. Aruba formed as a separate country in 1986 under the Kingdom of Netherlands. Curacao and Sint Maarten became two new constituent countries, when the remaining Netherlands Antilles were disbanded in 2010 and the rest of the islands got status of special municipalities of Netherland. Willemstad is the capital of Curacao.
How to reach Netherlands Antilles?
Hato International Airport is situated in Plaza Margareth Abraham of Curacao, one of the constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It is located around 13 km away from the capital city of Curacao, Willemstad. American Airlines serves Hato International Airport with everyday flights from and to Miami. Other airlines that serve HIA include Avior Airlines, Air Berlin, Insel Air, Tiara Air.
Curacao is also connected to neighboring and nearby islands by cruise ships.
BUS and Konvoi are the two types of buses serve Curacao Islands and other local modes of transportation include taxi and car which charges $45 USD per day.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Netherlands Antilles:
Dutch Caribbean islands follows mixed culture of the Netherlands and Caribbean and the natives follow both Caribbean and Dutch festivals. J’ouvert parade and Bulawaya dance are very famous in Dutch Caribbean islands.
Willemstad is the capital of Curacao and Dutch Caribbean islands, holding most of the luxurious restaurants and large shopping malls of DCI. The famous restaurants in Curacao in DCI are:
- The Wine Cellar
- Sol Food
- Playa Porto Mari
Tourist Attractions in Netherlands Antilles:
Museum Kura Hulanda:
The Museum Kura Hulanda is located in Willemstad of Curacao showcasing the culture of Curacao and the African slave trade. It is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day and entry fee is $9.
Queen Juliana Bridge:
Queen Juliana Bridge is the highest bridge in the Caribbean and one of the tallest bridges in the globe with a height of 185 feet. It offers great views of Anna Bay and Willemstad city.
Curacao’s Marine Park:
Curacao’s Marine Park is a perfect place for snorkelers and divers. It features Banda Abou National Park, Central Curacao Underwater Park and Curacau Underwater Park. Tourists can also purchase or rent snorkeling and diving equipments here.
List of other places of interest in Netherlands Antilles includes:
- Postal Museum
- Maritime Museum
- Queen Emma Bridge
- Christoffel National Park
- Shete Boka National Park
- Curacao Sea Aquarium
- Hato Caves
- Curacao Ostrich & Game Farm
- Fort Amsterdam
- Amazonia The Lost Cultures
- Mikve’ Israel Emmanuel Synagogue
- Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue
Ideal time to visit Netherlands Antilles:
From May to November will be the ideal time to trip Netherlands Antilles, while the hotel rooms rate becomes cheaper.
Where to stay in Netherlands Antilles?
Curacao is the major island of Dutch Caribbean islands housing plenty of splurge resorts, star hotels and villas with latest amenities and services. A list of prominent accommodation centers in Curacao in Netherlands Antilles (DCI) is as follows:
- The Scuba Lodge & Suites
- Baoase Luxury Resort
- Marazul Dive Resort
- La Maya Beach Luxury Apartments
- Royal Sea Aquarium Resort
- Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort
- Limestone Holiday Resort
- Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino
- Avila Hotel – Curacao
- Lions Dive & Beach Resort
- Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino
- Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino
- Floris Suite Hotel
- Hilton Curacao
- Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club