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Caribbean Netherlands

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Sonrisa Rooms & Apartments
Sonrisa Rooms & Apartments - dream vacation

Kaya Finlandia 1 & 3, Kralendijk, Kralendijk

Eden Beach Resort
Eden Beach Resort - dream vacation

Bulevard Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot 73, Kralendijk

Treasure By The Sea Bonaire
Treasure By The Sea Bonaire - dream vacation

Kaya Gobernador Nicolaas Debrot 7, Kralendijk

City Inn Bonaire
City Inn Bonaire - dream vacation

Kaya Gob N Debrot 84, Kralendijk

El Momo Cottages
El Momo Cottages - dream vacation

Booby Hill number 3, Windward Side

Yacht Club Apartments
Yacht Club Apartments - dream vacation

Kaya Gob. N. Debrot# 54, Kralendijk

Coco Palm Garden
Coco Palm Garden - dream vacation

Kaya Statius van Eps 9, Kralendijk

Sand Dollar Condominium Resort
Sand Dollar Condominium Resort - dream vacation

P.O. Box 262, Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot 79, Kralendijk

Caribbean Netherlands refers to three Caribbean islands that are overseas municipalities of the European country of the Netherlands:

  • Bonaire, famous for its dive spots.
  • Sint Eustatius, famous for its tranquility
  • Saba, known for its unique ecosystem

Insight Guides: Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles

Insight Guides

The Caribbean's Lesser Antilles are a chain of stunning paradise islands stretching from the British Virgin Islands, east of Puerto Rico, to Trinidad and Aruba, just north of mainland South America, all rich in white sand beaches, volcanic topography and unique cultures. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this tropical island arc.

Inside Insight Guide Caribbean Cruises: A fully-overhauled edition by knowledgable writers. Colourful photography brings this tropical region and its people to life. Lively features explore the Caribbean's history, from colonial times to modern tourism, and distinctive culture including Carnival, Creole cuisine and local architecture. Highlights of the region's top attractions, including the spectacular Pitons in St Lucia, turtle-watching in Dominica and Trinidad, and Brimstone Hill Fortress in St Kitts. Descriptive place-by-place accounts cover the whole of the Lesser Antilles, from the most famous islands such as Barbados and Antigua to lesser-known gems including Martinique and Curacao. Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip.

Insight Guide Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles now includes the Walking Eye app, free to download to smartphones and tablets on purchase of the book. The Caribbean app includes our independent selection of the best hotels and restaurants, plus activity, event and shopping listings.

About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

Caribbean: The Lesser Antilles (Insight Guides)

Insight Guides

This brand new edition Insight Guide to the Caribbean features illuminating text written by expert, local writers alongside inspiring full-colour photography that vividly brings the Caribbean and its people to life, at the turn of a page. The top attractions are highlighted to help you plan your trip priorities and a brand new 'Best of' section features recommendations on the most unique experiences the Caribbean has to offer, such as the best carnivals and the best locations for diving and snorkelling. An in-depth 'Places' section covers the entire Lesser Antilles, exploring each island's diverse character and range of opportunities for things to do, whatever your interests. All the principal sites are cross-referenced by number to the accompanying full-colour maps found throughout the guide, whilst additional maps inside the front and back covers enable instant orientation and easy navigation at a glance. Colour-coded sections and information panels explore the Caribbean's intriguing history and also provide fascinating features on everything from 'Rum' and 'Chains of Slavery' to 'Passion and Poetry' and 'Creole Cuisine', all of which give a rare insight into the culture and heritage of these tropical islands. A comprehensive 'Travel Tips' section covers transportation, accommodation for all budgets, eating out and much more, along with useful contact telephone numbers to help you book activities in advance. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.

Curacao Dive Map & Reef Creatures Guide Franko Maps Laminated Fish Card

Franko Maps Ltd.

Perfect for divers, snorkelers and nature lovers! Side One is a mini-map of Curacao with 70 dive sites named and located. Side Two is a fish identification guide with nearly 100 species illustrated. This convenient, waterproof reference is made of hard, laminated plastic with hole for lanyard. 5.5" x 8.5"

Curacao Close-Up (Caribbean Guides Series)

Bernadette Heiligers

Book by Heiligers, Bernadette

Caribbean Lesser Antilles map (Nelles Map) (English, French, Italian and German Edition)

Nelles

Folded paper road and travel map in color. Scale 1:2,500,000. Distinguishes roads ranging from (toll) expressways to minor roads/cart tracks. Legend includes railways, mountain peaks, places of interest, national parks/nature reserves, beaches, international airports, airports/airfields, golf courses, caves, hotels. includes maps at various scales of the Virgin Islands, Anegada, ArubaBonaire, Curacao, Barbados, Anguilla & St. Martin, St. Barts, Saba, St. Eustatius, the Grenadines, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, Montserrat, St. Vincent, Barbuda, Antigua, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Dominica, La Desirade, Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago, Haiti & the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

Bonaire Dive Map & Reef Creatures Guide Franko Maps Laminated Fish Card

Franko Maps Ltd.

This colorful guide is perfect for divers, snorkelers and nature lovers! Side One is a mini-map of Bonaire, with nearly 90 dive and snorkel sites named and located. Side Two is a fish identification guide with more than 100 species of colorful reef creatures beautifully illustrated. This convenient, waterproof reference is made of rigid, laminated plastic and is waterproof. 5.5" x 8.5".

Curacao For 91 Days

Michael Powell

Mike and Jürgen gave themselves three months to explore the small Caribbean island of Curaçao, and came away with some unforgettable memories and photographs. This book is a collection of their anecdotes and adventures from the island, as they tried to live like locals. 91 days was enough time to explore this small country thoroughly; Mike and Jürgen checked out almost every beach, visited the colonial Landhuizen and ventured out on a few hikes. Packed with helpful advice, restaurant tips, insights into the culture, and beautiful full-color photography, this book is a must for anyone planning a trip to Curaçao!

THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN ISLANDS: Visiting the Lesser Antilles Updated Edition 2015-16 (Traveler's Companion Series 2 Updated December 2015 Book 4)

Dr. Lew Deitch

The islands of the Lesser Antilles are the most dramatically beautiful of all the Caribbean. Most rise dramatically out of the sea and are fringed with palms that sway in the cooling Northeast Trade Winds. The waters surrounding these islands are crystal clear and kiss the shores of each island with either a soft embrace, or on their windward side with pounding surf. Culturally they represent a matrix that includes the descendants of African slaves, British, French and Dutch colonists, giving each its own unique identity. The islands form an arc that stretches from Puerto Rico in the northwest all the way to the edge of Venezuela on the southeast. Such fabled names as Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and Grenada are among the many islands making up the Lesser Antilles. Island hopping can be quite expensive, as air services between each country is limited. Ferryboat or hydrofoil service exists in a few area. So the most practical way to visit more than one island is by means of a cruise ship. Long cruises do ply between Florida and Barbados, and shorter cruises between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Barbados. These are the three major ports for beginning or ending an Eastern Caribbean cruise. After visiting several islands on a cruise, you can then decide which you would like to return to visit for an extended vacation. There is a certain magic to the Eastern Caribbean that must be experienced to be fully appreciated. This is an updated edition that includes more information as to places to enjoy along with a few dining options.

Exercise normal security precautions

The decision to travel is your responsibility. You are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. The purpose of this Travel Advice is to provide up-to-date information to enable you to make well-informed decisions.

Crime

Petty crime can occur. Avoid unpopulated areas or unpatrolled beaches after dark. Check with local authorities to find out which beaches are patrolled. Vehicle theft occurs frequently.

Ensure that personal belongings, passports and travel documents are secure at all times.

Road safety

Major roads are in good condition, but road signs are rare. Wandering animals are a hazard.

Public transportation

Public transportation is reliable. As taxis do not have meters, it is recommended that you agree on a fare prior to departure.

Consult our Transportation Safety page in order to verify if national airlines meet safety standards.

Health

Related Travel Health Notices
Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.
Vaccines

Routine Vaccines

Be sure that your routine vaccines are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.

Vaccines to Consider

You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread by contaminated food or water. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.

Influenza

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or through personal contact with unwashed hands. Get the flu shot.

Measles

Measles occurs worldwide but is a common disease in developing countries, particularly in parts of Africa and Asia. Measles is a highly contagious disease. Be sure your vaccination against measles is up-to-date regardless of the travel destination.
 

Typhoid

Typhoid is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among travellers going to rural areas, visiting friends and relatives, or with weakened immune systems. Travellers visiting regions with typhoid risk, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation should consider getting vaccinated.

Yellow Fever Vaccination

Yellow fever is a disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Risk
  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required if you are coming from a country where yellow fever occurs.
Recommendation
  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care provider.
Food/Water

Food and Water-borne Diseases

Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.

In some areas in the Caribbean, food and water can also carry diseases like cholera, hepatitis A, schistosomiasis and typhoid. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in the Caribbean. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!


Insects

Insects and Illness

In some areas in the Caribbean, certain insects carry and spread diseases like chikungunya, dengue fever, malaria and West Nile virus.

Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.

Dengue fever
  • Dengue fever occurs in this country. Dengue fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases it leads to dengue haemorrhagic fever, which can be fatal.  
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue bite during the daytime. They breed in standing water and are often found in urban areas.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites. There is no vaccine available for dengue fever.

Malaria

Malaria

There is no risk of malaria in this country.


Animals

Animals and Illness

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in some areas in the Caribbean, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.


Person-to-Person

Person-to-Person Infections

Crowded conditions can increase your risk of certain illnesses. Remember to wash your hands often and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette to avoid colds, the flu and other illnesses.

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV are spread through blood and bodily fluids; practise safer sex.

HIV

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

Practise safe sex while travelling, and don’t share needles, razors, or other objects which could transmit infection.

Remember that HIV can also be spread through the use of unsterile medical equipment during medical and dental procedures, tattooing, body piercing or acupuncture. Diseases can also be spread though blood transfusions and organ transplantation if the blood or organs are not screened for HIV or other blood-borne pathogens.


Medical services and facilities

Medical services and facilities

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You are subject to local laws. Consult our Arrest and Detention page for more information.

Canada and the Netherlands are signatories to the European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in the Netherlands to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Dutch authorities.

Dual citizenship

Canadian citizens who have dual citizenship may be subject to Dutch obligations such as taxes. To determine your status, contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy or one of its consulates.

Illegal activities

Gun control is enforced, and penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are strict.

It is strictly prohibited to export pieces of coral or seashells.

Driving laws

An International Driving Permit is recommended, but Canadian driving licences are accepted.

Traffic drives on the right. Turning right on red lights is prohibited.

You should purchase insurance when renting vehicles, motorboats or jet skis. Ensure that you obtain detailed information, in writing, regarding personal liability.

Money

The currency of Bonaire is the U.S. dollar (USD).

Credit cards and U.S. dollar traveller's cheques are widely accepted.

Investments

If you are interested in purchasing property or making other investments, seek legal advice from appropriate professionals in Canada and in the Caribbean before making commitments. Disputes arising from such activities could be prolonged and costly to resolve.

Climate

The hurricane season extends from June to the end of November. The National Hurricane Center provides additional information on weather conditions. Stay informed of regional weather forecasts, and follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.