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Netherlands Antilles

General Information about Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles are five islands located in the Caribbean Sea that are dependencies of the Kingdom Of The Netherlands. The Netherlands Antilles are split into two groups of islands, the Leeward Islands consisting of Sint Maarten, Saba, and St. Eustatius and the Windward Islands consisting of Curacao and Bonaire. The island of Sint Maarten is shared with the French nation of Saint Martin. To avoid confusion, the regions of the island are generally referred to as 'the Dutch side' and 'the French side'.

The capital city of the Netherlands Antilles, Willemstad lies on the island of Curacao which is the largest and most populated of the Netherlands Antilles islands. The total population of the Netherlands Antilles is estimated to be around 220,000 people. Over 70% of the Dutch Antillean population are Roman Catholics. The minority religions are Pentecostal, Protestant, Seventh-Day Adventist, Mehtodist, Jewish, Jehovah's Witness and other branches of Christianity.

Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands Antilles but the most common language spoken throughtout the islands is Papiamento (a Spanish-Portuguese-Dutch-English dialect). English and Spanish are also widely understood.

Many tourists travel to the capital cities of the islands as each island has it's own unique sites and attractions. Scuba-diving is a popular activity in all parts of the Netherlands Antilles.

Climate

Find Out About the Climate of the Netherlands Antilles

The Netherlands Antilles boasts pleasant weather conditions throughout the year with a typical tropical climate. The wet season here begins in May and continues right through until November. The Netherlands Antilles experiences temperatures of an average of 27 degrees throughout the year with minimal rainfall occuring in the southern parts of the island group.

If you are visiting the islands of Sint Eustatius and Saba be prepared to experience more rainfall in the wet season. Care should also be taken before visiting the Netherlands Antilles as it is not uncommon for the islands to experience hurricanes, particularly on the northern islands.

Geography

Geographical Information on the Netherlands Antilles

Found within the Caribbean Sea in Caribbean is where you will find the Netherlands Antilles. Known as the Windward Islands and covering a total area of 960 square kilometres the Netherlands Antilles boast a coastline of 364 kilometres. The Netherlands Antilles are of volcanic origin and as a result are generally hilly. The highest point of the five islands is known as Mounty Scenery and measures a total 877 metres, which you will find on Saba Island.

Economy

Learn About the Economy of the Netherlands Antilles

As you would expect tourism is of course the most important factor to the economy of the Netherlands Antilles. Closely followed is the important petroleum refining industry on the island of Curacao. The agricultural industry is considerably low with only ten percent of the land being ardable. The official currency of the Netherlands Antilles is the Netherlands Antillean Guilder.

Apartments in Netherlands Antilles

* Bonaire Apartments* Kralendijk Apartments* Saint Martin Apartments
* St Maarten Apartments* Westpunt Apartments* Willemstad Apartments

Attractions, Activities and Tours in Netherlands Antilles

* Curacao Attractions* Philipsburg Attractions* Sint Maarten Attractions

Guesthouses in Netherlands Antilles

* Curacao Guesthouses* Saba Guesthouses

Hostels in Netherlands Antilles

* Bonaire Hostels* Curacao Hostels* Saint Martin Hostels
* Sint Maarten Hostels

Hotels in Netherlands Antilles

* Bonaire Hotels* Saint Martin Hotels* St Maarten Hotels
* Willemstad Hotels

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