As of 2010, the Netherlands Antilles technically do not exist anymore, but the term is still used to describe the various isles within the former union. No matter which of the isles you fancy, the tropical climate will ensure you return fully relaxed and with a thorough suntan.
Favourite Destinations (Netherlands Antilles)
Walk along the beach in Curacao and Aruba
Curacao and Aruba are probably the most famous of the Netherlands Antilles. Stay in holiday apartments on Curacao, the biggest island of the Netherlands Antilles and swim in crystal clear and turquoise blue waters, stroll around and take in the breathtaking view and the colourful architecture of Willemstad, or discover the fascinating turtles and colourful reef fish swimming in Curacao's underwater world. If you are interested in diving and snorkelling, Aruba, which is slightly further north, will be the perfect destination for you and will keep you busy for a long time. Stay in Aruba holiday homes which are close to the beaches of the Palm Beach region, the Arikok National Park, the ravishing Aruba Butterfly Farm or the amazing Quadiriki Caves. If you stay in one of the many beautiful holiday rentals in the fabulous archipelago of the Netherlands Antilles, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding activities for your unforgettable holidays.
Discover the beauty of the coral and caves of Bonaire
The island of Bonaire is another of the Netherlands Antilles that is worth visiting. Due to its famous coral reefs, Bonaire's beaches have a slight pink hue, and the wind here makes it an ideal location for several water sports such as windsurfing and kite boarding. The island also has a dark history which you can uncover by visiting the slave huts and obelisks in Witte Pan. These huts are a sobering mark of the Dutch Caribbean's colonial past and is definitely worth the trip. During your stay in holiday apartments in Bonaire, be sure to explore the island's cave system. You can arrange for a guided tour of one of the 400 or so caves and discover stalactites and stalagmites that have been around for many millennia.
Netherlands Antilles: Further inspiration
Explore the volcanic island of Saba
If you're in search of accommodation in the Netherlands Antilles, why not rent a villa on the Island of Saba? Saba is largely based around the volcano Mount Scenery, providing you with a mountainous landscape perfect for hiking. You can even follow a trail to the top of the volcano or trek through the Elfin forest. This beautiful island is also solely home to independent businesses, giving you the chance to avoid the standard shops and restaurants offered to tourists.
Visit the casinos in Saint Maarten
Not far from Saba is the island of Saint Maarten, known for its casinos and nightlife. If a trip to a casino interests you, be sure to visit Maho village, the so called mini-Vegas of the Caribbean. But this isn't all Saint Maarten has to offer of course – with a variety of beaches, large and small, this island is great for a family beach holiday. Take the kids to the Butterfly Farm, where they can discover 40 different species of the insect, and then go for a ride on the Carousel and enjoy some gelato along the coast. So if you're booking your accommodation for the Netherlands Antilles, Saint Maarten could be the ideal location.