Netherlands Antilles Warnings and Dangers

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Netherlands Antilles Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime

    Curaçao Warnings and Dangers

    It is recommended to stay to the main streets at nightime. The back streets of Punda are especially to be avoided after 8 pm. A street like Pietermaai looks inviting in the daylight but is a bit lonelier at night. I walked out to the Avila Hotel in the day time, for example, but would not do that at nighttime. Thankfully, I never experienced any...

  • Queen Emma Bridge

    Curaçao Warnings and Dangers

    The charming, floating Queen Emma brudge is in constant use by locals and tourists. The busy harbour traffic means the bridge may be partially or completely out of service. I never quite learned their signalling system but it sure is fun to see the scrum of people trying, sometime in vain, to get off the bridge in time!

  • Eco tips

    Curaçao Warnings and Dangers

    Coral reef Eco Tips: 1) Follow the sandy areas when swimming across the shallow part of a reef. It is easy to accidentally crush corals and disturb other animals 2) Don't touch corals or hang of, rest on, or kick them. Corals are living animals and are damaged even by gentle handling. 3) Avoid kicking up the sand. It spoils the visibility for...

  • Crime is on the Increase

    Crime has increased significantly on the island over the last decade. Car crime is particularly prevalent, so don't leave valuables in your hire car when you park it at the beach or in town. Muggings are also on the increase, and it's advisable not to walk on unlit areas of the beach or the main towns at night. I have also heard of muggings at Pic...


    When you drive, be carefull of animals...They are free and might jump on the road...But they are so cute...I got out of the car to take a picture of this goat and it followed me on a very long distance...

  • don't act too rich and don't...

    don't act too rich and don't insult the locals in any way. They are easily offended. Also don't go hitchhiking in your skirt. Men will think you are a whore and pick you up for other reasons then just for a ride.Watch out for taking cabbies. They drive farther around then they should so you will have to pay more.Watch out and don't go sunbading...

  • There is no such thing as...

    There is no such thing as being on time. Noone lives on the clock and they will expect you to do the same.Also, be prepared to come into contact with the famous 'maniana' culture, which roughly translates to 'anything we can do today, we can also do tomorrow'If you need something done, get someone who can do it and actually stand and look until...

  • Beware of local car rental...

    Beware of local car rental company's. While the best way to get around St Martin is renting a car, be very careful of getting scammed!!! We rented a car from a local company at the airport. They offer lower prices that the other reputable company's (i.e. Herz, Avis, National, etc.) We thought we were getting a great deal. When we returned the car...

  • There has been a crime ave...

    There has been a crime ave sweeping through St Maarten/Martin. Mostly petty theft. Don't leave things in your car (trunk included) and make sure everything is always locked up. We didn't have any problems, and I think most people don't as long they take the necessary precautions.

  • Tips for Tipping

    On the Dutch side, you will most likely see a 15% service charge added to your bill. In many restaurants on the French side, the gratuity is included in the price of the meal. Don't overpay-they will make it clear to you on the menu if service is NOT included. For superb service, leave an additional 5%.

  • Everyone talks about how safe...

    Everyone talks about how safe the island is and it is quite safe, but you must still be sensible. When we were there, a very experienced traveler from LA was mugged in broad daylight when she came out of a little store in Marigot where she had gone to buy water. She admits that it was her fault because she had become to lax because everyone keeps...

  • while the south shore beaches...

    while the south shore beaches are a sandy paradise, the north shore is wild surf beating on rockface. NO SWIMMING ON THIS SIDE OF THE ISLAND!


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