Submerged anchors and cannons, and over 100 sunken trading ships tell the story of this tiny Caribbean island which was once a bustling trading hub for slaves, sugar and cotton. Today, the capital city of Oranjestad is sleepy and quaint, with its Dutch colonial buildings and museums filled with ancient artefacts. St. Eustatius (known as Statia by the locals), is home to The Quill, a forgotten volcano covered by tropical rainforest and many other extinct volcanoes. In Statia, mass tourism does not exist.
This is an island of sheltered bays and quiet beaches to snatch an afternoon of snorkelling in the crystal waters, and an island with a ‘leave no trace’ approach to eco-tourism, cherishing the unique natural beauty of the island for years to come. With accommodation at small inns and guesthouses, Statia is your island for hiking, diving and a quieter pace of life. The bi-annual Statia Carnival and Statia Day are both big events in the island’s calendar.
Airport: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Airport (EUX).
Gateways/Flying Time: There are no direct flights from the UK, however Air France fly via Paris, and KLM via Amsterdam to St. Maarten, where there are connecting flights with Winair. Winair: 17 minutes from St. Maarten. Paris to St. Maarten: 8 hours 50 minutes. Amsterdam to St. Maarten: 9 hours.
Goat meat with rice and peas is the national dish in Statia, and you can sample local food from all different cultures at the Statia Taste of Cultures event held on the last Thursday of every month. With a convivial atmosphere, this is your chance to try lots of different dishes whilst getting to know the locals. Every other day though, you can still enjoy a varied menu with restaurants and cafes serving international fare through to local specialities.