Saint Eustatius
Saint Eustatius
By Jasmine McGee

Looking for a Caribbean island that isn’t overpopulated with tourists and resorts? Then check out the charming island of St. Eustatius. This Caribbean island is located in the Caribbean Netherlands and its tourist industry is on the rise, yet it still has a vibe of relaxation and is a great spot for a nice quiet vacation.

Conveniently located on the island is F.D. Roosevelt Airport (EUX). WhatsCheaper.com can help you book your flight today. Click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to begin searching for your flight. Once you’ve got your flight itinerary, then next thing you’ll want to do is secure your accommodations.  Click here (https://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to use WhatsCheaper.com’s hotel finder.

So you’ve landed safely and have unpacked your bags, what on earth will you do next? Well, the island of Eustatius (often referred to as Statia) is a paradise waiting to be explored. Hopefully you’ve packed some hiking boots with you, because the island has a lot of great trails that are worth hiking.  A few trails worth hiking are the Panaroma Track, Mazinga Track, Venus, Gilboa, and Boven trails.

If you’re in search of a serious hiking expedition, then you’ll want to check out The Quill.  Designated as a National Park, The Quill is a lush rainforest nestled in a huge crater. This area is great for hiking, but you can also capture some stunning noteworthy pictures.  It’s the perfect spot to visit for nature and photography lovers.  Experienced hikers can walk the Quill without a guide, but visitors who might not be as experienced may want to consider paying a fee, scheduling in advance, and getting a tour guide.

Located not too far from the Quill is the Miriam C. Smith Botanical Garden. This is a great place worth visiting, especially if you want to see some of the island’s natural flora and fauna.

Perhaps you prefer to be in the water instead of walking along trails. If that’s the case, then check out some of the local diving destinations that Statia has to offer.  There are various areas and shallow reefs that allow for a great diving experience and stunning underwater photography.   Some of the diving sites even have tangled shipwrecks that are worth taking pictures of and enjoying the beauty of the marine life surrounding it.

Did you know that Christopher Columbus first spotted Statia in 1493? Well, if you’re interested in learning about the island’s rich history and how Statia became a major trading center, then visit the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation for a rich history lesson. Another point of interest is the Simon Doncker Museum, which houses some of the island’s Colonial history, which includes many artifacts.

A fascinating component of the island’s history is the rich culture of Jewish people. The Honem Dalim is a Jewish Synagogue on the island, and it happens to be one of the third oldest Caribbean Synagogues in the region. Now it’s a beautiful ruin that you can visit and take some pictures of.

Before leaving the island of Statia, you’ll want to relax on one of the island’s beaches. Statia is home to three beaches and each of them is very different. Oranje Beach is a nice beach that is perfectly safe for swimming. If you just want to relax on the beach and not swim, then Zeelandia Beach and Lynch Beach are worth visiting. Both of them have very strong currents and rough water, so WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends you remain on the shore! So if you want to swim and relax, your best bet is visiting Oranje Beach.

WhatsCheaper.com recommends that you soak up as much culture and history as you can while in Statia, but be sure to also enjoy the diving activities and nature that the island of St. Eustatius has to offer.

MUST SEE IN Saint Eustatius LIST:

  • 1. Golden Rock Dive Center
  • 2. Fort de Windt
  • 3. Lynch Plantation Museum
  • 4. The Quill
  • 5. Saint Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum
  • 6. Lynch Bay Beach
  • 7. Scubaqua Dive Center
  • 8. Zeelandia Beach
  • 9. Fort Amsterdam
  • 10. Dive Statia

Saint Eustatius EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. Queens Birthday Celebration - April
  • 2. Labour Day - May
  • 3. Statia Carnival - July
  • 4. Emancipation Day - July
  • 5. Statia-America Day - November
  • 6. Christmas Day Parade - December

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