The three ABC Islands,
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao sit just north of Venezuela, while the Leeward Islands Sint Maarten, Saba and Sint Eustacius
are located a whopping 900 km more to the northeast , just below Anguilla Island.
Apart from a centuries long common history
under Dutch sovereignty the two sets of islands have not very much in common.
In the Leeward islands English is the first
language while in the ABC Islands most people speak the local Papiamento
. The official and legal language for all the islands
Since October 2010 Aruba, St Maarten and Curacao are autonomous constituent countries
Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius have the status of special Dutch municipalities.
When we lived in Curacao we took the
opportunity to explore the iDutch Carribean and found tthem all very different.