Sint Eustatius: Windswept Bays & Red Snapper

Nicknamed Statia, the lilting eight-square-mile island of Sint Eustatius is part of the Netherlands, and has a strong Dutch influence. In the north of the Leeward islands, it lies close to St. Kitts and Nevis an so is often overlooked.

The saddle-shaped island is dominated by the dormant volcano Quill, in the southeast, and Little Mountain and Boven Mountain to the northwest: so the scenery is as varied as it is wild and beautiful.

At the peak of the Quill crater you are rewarded with superlative views across the island and the surrounding water. The Botanical Garden and the Marine Park make up the three national parks.

The historic harbour town of Oranjestad is the island’s capital. Relaxed and welcoming, the lower part of the town is lined with dive shops, colonial-era ruins and the harbour, while the higher area is chock full of restored buildings, cosy cafés, busy bars and restaurants.


If you are looking for excellent snorkelling and diving, want to avoid the hustle of mass tourism and explore the wild side of the Caribbean, don’t miss a trip to Sint Eustatius.


When to go:

the whole year round

High season:

October – March

Highlights

1

The National Marine Park rings the entire coast and is famed for drop-off walls, volcanic fingers, and boulder slides

2

Get a sea view table at Blue Bead Bar for whole fried snapper caught fresh every day

3

Hike along Zeelandia beach, a wild, windswept bay with views of the Quill

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