Dutch Caribbean
A Piece of Holland in Paradise

Now let's go to Europe in the Caribbean. The Dutch Caribbean Islands have kept their Dutch heritage while at the same time being very Tropical. To show you the islands we will have to "travel" to two sides of the Caribbean.

One group is on the south near the coast of Venezuela and they are the ABC Islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. The other group is east of Puerto Rico and they are St Maarten, St Eustatius and Saba Island.

This group was once called the Netherlands Antilles but since then they gained independence or many other forms of government always linked to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Here is a summary of the best beaches on the Islands.

Eagle Beach on the spectacular island of Aruba

Eagle Beach on the spectacular island of Aruba

Aruba Beaches

Aruba Beaches are mostly located on the west coast of this beautiful island. Arubans are polyglots. The official languages are Dutch and Papiamento, and beside them most of the speak English and Spanish.

They are some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, and their island is a jewel on the seas. Here are a few of the best beaches.

  • Eagle Beach
  • Arashi Beach
  • Boca Catalina
  • Boca Grandi
  • Boca Prins
  • Malmok Beach
  • Rodgers Beach
  • Hadicurari beach
  • Palm Beach Aruba
  • Surfside Beach
  • Baby Beach
  • Manchebo Beach

Playa Chikitu one of the great beaches of Bonaire Island

Playa Chikitu one of the great beaches of Bonaire Island

Bonaire Island

This is a small island located off the coast of Venezuela. The isle is known by the preservation of the marine environment, ideal for diving, windsurfing and snorkeling.

Its best secret is that Bonaire is very relaxed and slow paced but at the same time offers a unique nightlife and the finest Caribbean Cuisine.

  • Playa Frans
  • Thousand Steps Beach 
  • Boka Bartol 
  • Playa Funchi 
  • Boka Slagbaai.
  • Bonaire Beaches
  • Playa Chikitu 
  • Boka Kokolishi 
  • Bachelor 
  • Pink Beach 
  • Lac Bay

Dutch Caribbean

Scuba Diving in Curacao is awe inspiring

Scuba Diving in Curacao is awe inspiring


Curacao is the largest of the group, located between Aruba and Bonaire, known together as the ABC Islands.

The island has more than thirty beaches, some are sandy beaches others surrounded by giant cliffs and all of them are surrounded by clear turquoise waters unique to the Caribbean Islands.

Cupecoy Beach on the Dutch Island of St Maarten

Cupecoy Beach on the Dutch Island of St Maarten

St Maarten Beaches

St Maarten which shares a tiny island with its neighbor on the French side of St Martin, is known for its exotic beaches with idyllic white sand and blue waters.

St Maarten also offers the opportunity of Duty Free Shopping in an array of electronics and apparel stores in the capital city of Philipsburg. The beaches are:

  • Dawn Beach
  • Pointe Blanche
  • Guana Bay
  • Great Bay
  • Little Bay
  • Pelican Key
  • Kim Sha Beach
  • Simpson Bay Beach
  • Burgeaux Bay
  • Maho Beach
  • Mullet Bay
  • Cupecoy Beach

Aerial view of the Dutch Island of Saba

Aerial view of the Dutch Island of Saba

Saba Island

This is the smallest island on the Dutch Caribbean, is little known but once you discover this enclave of unspoiled landscapes you will be captivated.

The inhabitants are descendants of 17th century pioneers scattered in four picturesque small villages. They are English speaking people that will make sure your visit is one to remember.

The island is a paradise above and below the ocean. Since the marine life that abounds on its coasts are idyllic. The island is an Eden for Caribbean Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Caribbean, as well as for hiking and plain relaxation.

One of the beaches of St Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean

One of the beaches of St Eustatius in the Dutch Caribbean

St Eustatius

Better known as Statia, it was once one of the most prominent commercial ports in the Caribbean. It is of volcanic origin and a recommended destination for Scuba Diving.

The beaches are not crowded and allow space for sunbathing, Snorkeling and scuba diving. The sands are beige and black on certain beaches and golden beige on the others.

On the Caribbean side lays

  • Crooks Castle Beach popular with snorkelers and the Atlantic coast lays a great beach called
  • Corre Corre Bay that can be reached after a 30 minute hike.

In the following pages I will write individually about each of the Dutch Antilles. A visit to any of them is a guaranteed great vacation.

From Dutch Caribbean go to Aruba Beaches
Go to Bonaire Beaches
Go to Curacao Beaches
Go to Saba Island
Go to Statia
Go to St Maarten Beaches

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