Area : 878.0 km2
Population : 221736 inhabitants
It takes approximately 14 hrs to fly from London to the Netherlands Antilles which is situated 4,500 mi from the English capital.
The airport of Aruba is 2.5 miles from the capital, Oranjestad. Taxis will take you to your hotel for USD 8 to 20, depending on the address. There is a distance of 7.5 miles between the airport of Curaçao and the town of Willemstad, which costs USD 18 to 20 by taxi. One bus serves the town centre every 30 to 60 minutes, for 1 dollar. The airport of Bonaire is 6 miles from the centre of Kralendijk, costing US 6 to 7 by taxi. There is also a bus for this connection.
The only security advice given is not to leave money or valuable items on display in a hire car.
The official language is Dutch. However, the inhabitants also speak Papiamento, a mixture of African languages, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English. English and Spanish are spoken in the tourist places.
You must have a valid passport for a stay of less than three months. You also need to have a return ticket or an extension plane ticket.
The population is 80% Catholic. Then there are Protestants and Jews.
Daily air links connect the islands. The flights take an average of 20 minutes. You can also embark on mixed cargo boats; however these ships are mostly for the transport of merchandise. Hire a car to travel around the interior of the islands. There are several hire car agencies. Your national driving licence will be accepted, however, some companies require a minimum age of 25 years old and a maximum of 65 years old. The roads are good. However, sometimes they become transformed into mud tracks, when approaching the sites. With regard to taxis, despite their fixed rates, agree on the price of the trip before you leave. There are also buses that serve the main sectors.
Nothing specific to report. The water is drinkable.
110 V. Plan to bring an adaptor, if you are bringing electric devices.
In general, service (10 to 15 %) is included. If this is not the case, leave a tip of the same amount.
To telephone the Dutch Antilles from England, dial 00 + country code (Aruba: 297 8; Bonaire: 599 7; Curaçao: 599 9) + n° of party called.
To call England from the Dutch Antilles, dial 00 + 44 + n° of party called without initial 0.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
38 Hyde Park Gate, LONDON SW7 5DP. Tel.: 0044 (0)20 7590 3200.
Tourist information in Holland
Aruba Tourism Authority
Schimmelpennicklaan 1, 2517 JN, The Hague (Holland).
Tel.: 0031 (70) 302-8040 . Fax: 0031 (70) 360-4877.
Bonaire Tourism Office
Visseringglaan 24, 2288 ER, Rijswijk (Holland).
Tel.: 00 31-70 395 44 44. Fax: 00 31-70 336 83 33.
Curaçao Toeristenbureau Europa
Postbus 23227, 3000 KE, Rotterdam (Holland).
Tel.: 00 31 10 414 26 39. Fax: 00 31 10 413 68 34.
Aruba Tourism Authority
L.G. Smith Boulevard 172, PO Box 1019, Oranjestad. Tel.: 297 582 3777.
Jan Sofat 38, PO Box 3803, Curaçao. Tel.: (599) (9) 747 3322.
Curacao Tourism Development Bureau
Pietermaai 19, PO Box 3266, Willemstad. Tel.: (5999) 434 8200.
Bonaire Tourist Board
Kaya Grande, Kralendijk. Tel.: 178 322.