Netherlands Antilles


Travelers will find that there are few security concerns in the Netherland Antilles, comprising the islands of Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten.

Petty crime affects travelers who are not careful to secure personal belongings. Do not leave any items unattended, particularly on the beach and when visiting crowded areas. Use hotel safes for valuable items. Do not leave items in cars, even in the trunk.

At night, avoid traveling alone especially on beaches. On St. Maarten, avoid the St. Peters district (in Philipsburg, on the Dutch side) and "Agrement" and Rue Holland (in Marigot, on the French side) where most crime occurs.

It is advised that you limit public transportation use to resort buses and taxis. A rental car is a convenient method of transportation, but avoid poorer sections of the island and limit travel in remote areas to daylight hours.


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