Average temperature for the ABCs year-round is a perfect 28°C (82°F). High noon is a bit warmer and at night it can get breezy, but mostly you’ll be fine in shorts and T-shirt. The islands are fairly dry, averaging a little over 1in (2.5cm) of rain per month. Much of this falls from September to early December. The islands usually miss the Caribbean hurricane season, although a couple passed to the north in 2007 and dumped a lot of water. As always, when you go depends on how cold you are. If you just have to warm up December to April, then you can join the crowds during high season. Otherwise, the islands are more accessible and rates much cheaper other times of the year. The high season for cruise ships runs October to April. Outside of these times the port towns can be almost sleepy.
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TRAVEL HEALTH FOR DUTCH ANTILLES
Outbreaks of dengue fever occur in the area. Vaccination against hepatitis B and tuberculosis is sometimes advised. A yellow fever certificate is required from all travelers over six months of age coming from infected areas.
DUTCH ANTILLES ENTRY REQUIRMENT
All visitors must have a valid passport that does not expire for at least 6 month and return ticket. UK passport holders do not require a visa.
DUTCH ANTILLES TRAVEL MONEY
You can pay for just about everything in US dollars on the ABCs. Sometimes you will get change back in US currency, other times you will receive it in Aruba florins (Afl) or Netherlands Antillean guilders (NAf or ANG) on Bonaire and Curaçao. The Netherlands Antilles Guilder is tied to the US Dollar. Most ATMs on Aruba and Curaçao let you withdraw currency in US dollars. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted. Most major currencies, including US Dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros, are easily exchanged. ATMs are located around the island. In Netherlands Antilles travellers checks are accepted by all banks and most hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, you are advised to take travellers checks in U.S. dollars.