You are probably browsing this website because you want to visit Schouwen-Duiveland. For a day trip to the beach or to spend your summer vacation. Here you can enjoy nature in peace. Of course, this works best if we take care of each other.
We ask you to keep the island as beautiful and clean as you found it. So that others can also enjoy the silence, nature, and beauty of the island. Here are a few rules for the ultimate island feeling:
Clean up your trash
This is how we keep the island clean.
Keep down the noise
This way, we can all hear the sound of the waves. Nice, isn't it?
Don’t pee in public
Visit the loo in one of the many restaurants and cafes.
Park in designated parking areas only
This way, the roads stay clear and we prevent accidents. Read more about parking
Be considerate of those who live here
When you spend your vacation here, you are our guest. We love our island and are happy to share it with you. Please remember that people live here who don’t have holidays when you do. Be considerate when you play music, and maybe come back later when you see that the line at the supermarket is very long. You’re on vacation. What does it matter if the BBQ starts a little later?
Yes, our language sounds funny. But hey, don’t we sound cute, too? We'll be happy to teach you a little Dutch so you can find your way around Schouwen-Duiveland.
You will encounter many names on our island that we pronounce differently than you would. Our pronunciation is actually not that difficult. Let's start with the vowels:
ou sound like ou in house
oe sounds like oo in pool
u sounds like a French u or like the i in bird
e sounds like the English a
ie / i sounds like the English e
Then there are a few consonants that sound different in Dutch:
g/gh sounds like ch in Loch
Sch sounds like sr
SJ sounds like sh
That already sounds great. Words like Schouwen-Duiveland, Zeeland, boerderij (farm) and Burgh-Haamstede should no longer be a problem for you.
Great! Finally, remember these expressions to find your way around the island:
Hoi / hallo = Hello
Doei = Bye
Alsjeblieft / alstublieft = Please or you're welcome
Dankjewel / dankuwel = Thank you
Let op = Watch out
Fietsen = Ride a bike