Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
and serene, St. Eustatius (also known as Statia) is one of the most
overlooked destinations in the Leeward Islands. Visiting
Statia is a bit like stepping into an early Caribbean time warp
where friendly islanders enjoy striking up a conversation, chickens
and goats freely wander the streets, and life is delightfully slow
a few small cruise ships visit the island.
has no buses; so renting a car is the way to explore the island.
If you simply want to wander around Oranjestad, you probably
won't need transportation but the town is spread out so be prepared
with comfortable walking shoes. Statia’s
award-winning St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum is housed
in a dignified 18th century structure with elegantly furnished rooms
and displays outlining the island’s colorful history.
other attractions are low key and do-it-yourself, such as exploring
the ramparts of Fort Oranje or descending to the rain forest in the
crater of The Quill, the extinct volcano that dominates the island.
free shopping on Statia is fairly limited but cigarettes and liquor
can be good buys. Local
artists feature their original works, including ceramics and
sculptures, for sale.
no one comes here for the small volcanic (meaning “gray”)
beaches, the island's best swimming area is the Oranje Beach in
Lower Town. Zeelandia Bay on
the east coast has rough surf and undertows and is not recommended
majority of Statia’s dive sites are coral formations on old lava
flows and a few wrecks of colonial trading ships. Divers
are required to be accompanied by a local guide to protect the
island's historical remains from souvenir collectors.
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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