Now let's go to Europe in the Caribbean. The Dutch Caribbean Islands have kept their Dutch heritage while at the same time being very Tropical. To show you the islands we will have to "travel" to two sides of the Caribbean.
One group is on the south near the coast of Venezuela and they are the ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The other group is east of Puerto Rico and they are St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba Island.
This group was once called the Netherlands Antilles but since then they gained independence or many other forms of government always linked to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Here is a summary of the best beaches on the Islands.
Eagle Beach on the spectacular island of Aruba
Aruba Beaches are mostly located on the west coast of this beautiful island. Arubans are polyglots. The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, and beside them most of the speak English and Spanish.
They are some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, and their island is a jewel on the seas. Here are a few of the best beaches.
Playa Chikitu one of the great beaches of Bonaire Island
This is a small island located off
the coast of Venezuela. The isle is known by the preservation of the
marine environment, ideal for diving, windsurfing and snorkeling.
Its best secret is that Bonaire is very relaxed and slow paced but at the same time offers a unique nightlife and the finest Caribbean Cuisine.
Scuba Diving in Curacao is awe inspiring
Curacao is the largest of the group, located between Aruba and Bonaire, known together as the ABC Islands.
The island has more than thirty beaches, some are sandy beaches others surrounded by giant cliffs and all of them are surrounded by clear turquoise waters unique to the Caribbean Islands.
Cupecoy Beach on the Dutch Island of St Maarten
St Maarten Beaches
St Maarten which shares a tiny island with its neighbor on the French side of St Martin, is known for its exotic beaches with idyllic white sand and blue waters.
St Maarten also offers the opportunity of Duty Free Shopping in an array of electronics and apparel stores in the capital city of Philipsburg. The beaches are:
Aerial view of the Dutch Island of Saba
This is the smallest island on the Dutch Caribbean, is little known but once you discover this enclave of unspoiled landscapes you will be captivated.
The inhabitants are descendants of 17th century pioneers scattered in four picturesque small villages. They are English speaking people that will make sure your visit is one to remember.
The island is a paradise above and below the ocean. Since the marine life that abounds on its coasts are idyllic. The island is an Eden for Caribbean Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Caribbean, as well as for hiking and plain relaxation.
One of the beaches of St Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean
Better known as Statia, it was once one of the most prominent commercial ports in the Caribbean. It is of volcanic origin and a recommended destination for Scuba Diving.
The beaches are not crowded and allow space for sunbathing, Snorkeling and scuba diving. The sands are beige and black on certain beaches and golden beige on the others.
On the Caribbean side lays
In the following pages I will write individually about each of the Dutch Antilles. A visit to any of them is a guaranteed great vacation.