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Netherlands Antilles.
These wonderful tropical islands in the Caribbean Sea, which are a territory dependent on the Netherlands, total 5. Two large islands, Curacao and Bonaire, are located near the coast of South America, and two smaller islands, Saba, Sint Eustatius and part of the island of Sint Maarten, shared Holland with France, are located in the north-eastern part of the Caribbean. All the islands belong to the Small Antilles archipelago. The nearest neighbors of the Netherlands Antilles are Guadeloupe, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Venezuela.
For many, these islands are attractive as a holiday destination because of their wonderful tropical climate, long beaches and a variety of opportunities for eco-tourism and active marine recreation. Vouchers are taken here from all over the world to personally see how good and hospitable are the sunny Caribbean. Traveling to these islands will surely bring you a lot of unforgettable impressions.
The capital of the Netherlands Antilles is the city of Willemstad in Curacao. The monetary unit here is the Antillean guilder (or florin). Exchange offices and banks in the country a lot, but keep in mind that all the Netherlands Antilles you can not perform any operations with florin, so it's better to use all the local currency exchanged during your tour. Going on vacation, also do not forget to take a credit card - the calculation through it is very convenient in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
The culture of the islands is characterized by a peculiar diversity. This territory belongs to the Netherlands from the middle of the XVII century, but it was constantly influenced by France, England and Spain, who also had extensive colonies in the Caribbean region. In addition, Europeans imported slaves from Africa to the islands, and in the 19th century immigrants from Asia began to come here. Thus, today the ethnic composition of the population of the Netherlands Antilles is very diverse. The descendants of immigrants from Africa, mulattoes, Indians and European immigrants prevail here. The official language in the country is Dutch, but due to the mixture of cultures, many residents speak Spanish or English. In the resort area, of course, English is widely used, so boldly take a ticket to the Netherlands Antilles - there will be no problems with communication here.
The relief of the southern islands, Bonaire and Curacao, flat, flat. This is dominated by lush tropical vegetation, though not very diverse. But these islands are home to a huge number of exotic birds and reptiles of various species. The northern islands are of volcanic origin and are distinguished by a mountainous landscape. Flora and fauna are richer here than in Curacao and Bonaire - wonderful palm groves, bright tropical forests occupy most of the territory. The climate on all islands is tropical trade winds, which are characterized by warm weather all year with a pronounced rainy season in the summer-autumn period. On the islands of Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten at the end of the summer there are hurricanes, on Bonaire and Curacao they are not.
Beach tours are the main type of holiday in the Netherlands Antilles. Snow-white long beaches and stunning beauty of the coastal underwater world - these are the main attractions of these places. Magnificent reefs, the remains of ancient ships on the bottom, the most diverse marine life - all this is waiting for fans of diving. The main resorts for those who are keen on this sport are located on the islands of Bonaire and Saba. And those who prefer to sunbathe on the beach under the palm trees, sipping a cocktail, then waits for the tender golden sun and soft blue waves. Perhaps the best beaches of the country are at the resorts of Sint Maarten.
Ecological tourism in the form of hiking and trips to the country's reserves is another good option for spending time on these sunny islands. Charming natural landscapes with volcanoes, meadows on the mountain slopes and tropical forests open on the island of Saba, and national parks with interesting representatives of local and imported flora and fauna are found in Curacao and Bonaire.
When traveling on the Netherlands Antilles, be sure to check at least one of the more or less large cities in the country to admire the cultural and historical attractions. The capital of the islands will meet you with a typical Dutch urban landscape, so unusually prominent among the common southern landscape. This is a large port and a shopping center, there are national museums and very beautiful monuments of colonial architecture. It is worth visiting also Kralendijk on Bonaire, a butterfly farm and a historical museum in Sint Maarten, the old Ornjestad at Sint Eustatius.
The tourist sphere in the Netherlands Antilles is well developed. Most of the resort infrastructure is located in Sint Maarten and Bonaire, here are the most chic hotels and restaurants in the country. In general, on these islands you can find accommodation options of different levels - luxury hotels, comfortable hotels and cozy inexpensive bungalows.
A stay in the Netherlands Antilles requires a visa. It is issued at the Embassy of the Netherlands from 5 days to several weeks. To obtain a visa, you will need to collect such documents: a valid passport for a minimum of 3 months after the end of the trip, an application form filled in English or Dutch, a color photograph, a photocopy of the internal passport, an extract from the bank, a certificate from the place of work or study, a copy of air tickets and reservations hotel. Be careful when filling out and filling out all the documents - visa applications are considered very pedantic here.


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