Islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao sit just north of Venezuela, while the Windward Islands Sint Maarten, Saba and
Sint Eustacius are 900 km more to the northeast , just below Anguilla.
Apart from a common history under Dutch sovereignty
the wind and leeward
islands have not much in common.
In the Windward Isles English is spoken while in the Leeward
Isles most people speak Papiamento
. The official and legal language is Dutch.
In 1954 the six islands became the Netherlands
Antilles, a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
and Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius have the status of special Dutch municipalities.
When we lived in Curacao
we took the opportunity to explore all the islands of the Dutch Carribean.