Netherlands Antilles Local Customs

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Netherlands Antilles Local Customs

  • Papiamentu

    Curaçao Local Customs

    The official languages of Curaçao are Dutch and English. But most of the people on Aruba and Curaçao speak Papiamentu, which is a mixture of African and Portuguese language with some influences from English, Dutch and Spanish. Many early residents of Curaçao were Sephardic Jews either from Portugal, Spain, or Portuguese Brazil so that may be one of...

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  • Road Signs

    Curaçao Local Customs

    If you are out shopping or sightseeing in Willemstad and discover that you don't have a clue where you might be, look for these signs . They are located at many of the street crossings and show you where you are. They are very helpful.

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  • Money

    Curaçao Local Customs

    All places take USD$$, but you will not always get USD as change. In general I think if I can remember the exchange was $20=NAfl 35 (or $1 = NAfl 1.75). It seemed that everyone used that exchange rate and people were honest about it. I only brought $20 bills with me and that was fine. There were some ATMS in Willemstad and while I was driving...

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  • Tour Guides

    Curaçao Local Customs

    Yes! A trip through Willemstad. But then again...where are the 'hidden treasures'? No panic! Every Wednesday at 5 p.m. you can gather with a group on the Plasa Brion at the Otrobanda side of the pontoon bridge where a guide will lead you along the nicest trail. You can also take a city train through 19th century quarter of Scharloo. For information...

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  • Landhouses

    Curaçao Local Customs

    Landhouses played an important role in the island's history. Many have been renovated and are now lovely restaurants, guesthouses, and museums. Landhuis Savonet in Christoffel Park, originally built in the 17th century, was rebuilt in Borque style after it was destroyed by British invaders.

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  • Get Blown Away at the Sunset Bar - Sint...

    Check schedules for departures of the big planes. KLM. Air France and? Go to the Sunset Bar at Beaco Hill at departure time. When you see the big jet headed towards the water, run to the fence and hang on! As the jet turns on the ramp for its take-off you will get blasted with warm gritty air. Be careful. Glasses and cameras are likely to be blown...

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  • Don't even try to speak dutch...

    Don't even try to speak dutch or english. It's no use. Try spanish instead. Most of the people here do learn to speak Dutch, because The Netherlands Antilles used to be a colony of The Netherlands (This is also why lots of citynames are Dutch). Now the Antilles have their own government, but the Dutch government still has a lot of influence. Also...

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  • Luxury Items Galore!

    St. Martin is a duty-free port. Cruise ships dock here so that its passengers can stock up on jewelry, perfumes, cigars and designer goods. The savings on luxury items is amazing. For example, if you purchase a Cartier watch you can save between 15 and 20% off the price you would pay in the states. Crystal too bears a 20-30% off savings.

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  • My only advice is to be alert...

    My only advice is to be alert and observant as to local culture. If you aren't sure about something, ask. Most of the vendors you encounter, especially on the street, are more than happy to bargain with you on prices. This is a picture of one of the side streets just off the main beach at Phillipsburg, on the Dutch side.

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  • 'The Sign of Jonah' by Boeli...

    'The Sign of Jonah' by Boeli van LeeuwenISBN: 1877946621 Rich with symbolism and filled with historical and philosophical references, van Leeuwen's short novel uses the fluidity of dream and fable in an attempt to jury-rig an accommodation between the Old (European) and the New (colonial) worlds. Told by an elderly curmudgeon known as ''the...

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  • Take a visit to one of the old...

    Take a visit to one of the old Landhuizen. There are several of them on the island. MORE PICS IN THE TRAVELOGUE

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  • Don't stare and take pictures...

    Don't stare and take pictures of the nudes on the beaches. As you may guess- this is considered very rude. Many of the beaches are topless and those with nudes are very discreet-usually at the far end away from other bathers. Some tourists are realy gawky- as if they have never seen someone nude before. We were on a snorkeling trip and one woman...

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  • Unique cultural feature: they...

    Unique cultural feature: they are happy people. I have never seen so many friendly and happy people. Even the registration plate states 'St Martin - The Friendly Island'Tip the taxi driver if he offers to take you on a little tour of the passing town on your way to the hotel. Tip the vallet parking attendants.Say 'Bonjour' back when greeted on the...

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