Tranquility and adventure within a hidden paradise
Why visit Sint Eustatius
It’s hard to imagine that this hidden secret St. Eustatius (Statia in local slang), was once the busiest port of the Caribbean in the eighteenth century. Thousands of large merchant ships visited the island in its heyday every year and it was known as the trading center of the world. It changed hands 22 times before it became a Dutch island Now Statia is a sleepy island where time stood still.
Almost all of the warehouses located in Lower Town transformed into ruins. No Starbuck’s or Mc Donald's, no shopping malls and all-inclusive resorts but instead a genuine Caribbean atmosphere with friendly locals and little family owned restaurants and bars.
The dormant volcano dominates the landscape and holds an evergreen rainforest in its crater. The view from the rim is like watching Jurassic Parc on a enormous screen. Here you find Holland’s biggest tree and smallest bird among protected species of wildlife like the lesser Antillian iguana. But the real hidden treasure
awaits under the clear waters of the Caribbean sea.
Culture & Local Life
St. Eustatius is known as "the historical gem of the Caribbean" attributed to its rich history and conservation of the island’s heritage. The island is an open-air museum as you will find various ruins left from the 1700’s. There are numerous stories to be told from the time St. Eustatius was known as the Golden Rock.
St. Eustatius does not cater to mass tourism, instead it offers its visitors various ecotourism activities involving exploration of its rainforest, hiking its trails, and so much more. The local environmental organization St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) actively works on protecting the marine life and terrestrial environment of the island. They manage various ecotourism activities and encourage visitors to leave no ecological trace behind them.