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Sint Eustatius or Statia

Sint Eustatius or Statia

Sint Eustatius or Statia, the name ‘Statia’ comes from St Anastasia, as it was named by Columbus, but the Dutch later changed it to Sint Eustatius. The island is dominated by the long-extinct volcano called ‘The Quill’ at the south end, inside which is a lush rainforest where the locals hunt land crabs at night. Visitors are advised, however, to go there only during the day.


The north part of the island is hilly and uninhabited except for Statia Terminals, a fuel depot; most people live in the central plain which surrounds the airport. Statia is a very poor island and has a run down appearance. If you are coming from Saba, you will be struck by the contrast in cleanliness and the state of repair of people’s houses.

Statia is quiet and friendly and the poorest of the three Windward Islands, with only 2,100 people living on the 30.6 sq km island. A variety of nationalities are represented, the island having changed hands 22 times in the past, but the majority are of black African descent. Everybody speaks English, although Dutch is the official language and is taught in schools.


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Before Travelling in St Eustatias

Climate Average temperature is around 27°C in the daytime and 23°C at night. Average rainfall is 45 inches a year. Average water...

Getting There

Air Winair has several daily 20-min flights from St Maarten (US$80 return) connecting with flights from the USA, Europe and other islands....

Getting Around

Land Car: There is no public transport on the island but cars and taxis can be hired. Driving is on the right, but some roads are so narrow...

St Eustatias Communication Service

Telephone Services Fax and cablegrams at Landsradio, Van Tonningenweg. Open Mon-Fri, 0730-1930, Sat, Sun 1200-1800, pay phone on the wall...

St Eustatias Tourist Information

Local Tourist Offices The St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation, Fort Oranjestraat, Mon-Fri 0800-1700, T/F82433, www.statiatourism....

St Eustatias Accommodations

Expect a 7% government tax, 15% service charge on top of quoted rates & sometimes a 5% surcharge. The tourist office has a list of home...

St Eustatias Beaches & Watersports

Oranje Beach Oranje Beach stretches for 1½ km along the coast away from Lower Town. The length and width of the beach varies according to...