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St Eustatias - Morning Glory

In 1884, a Dutch botanist, Willem Suringar, visited Statia, and collected a morning glory in fruit on Signal Hill which was described as new to science. Named Ipomoea sphenophylla (wedge shaped leafed Ipomoea), it was not found by subsequent visiting botanists so the species was put first on the endangered list and then declared extinct. However, in 1994, a...

Excursions

The tourist office has a guide leaflet describing 11 trails. Quill hikes with local guides are available with a voucher system from the tourist office or participating hotels. Hikers should be aware that some of these trails are in bad condition, overgrown and sometimes difficult to follow. STENAPA is in the process of restoring and extending Statia’s trail...

Oranjestad

Oranjestad is the capital of St Eustatias, situated on a cliff overlooking the long beach below and divided between Upper Town and Lower Town. The town used to be defended by Fort Oranje (pronounced Orahn’ya) perched on a rocky bluff. Built in 1636 on the site of a 1629 French fortification, the ruins of the fort have been preserved and large black cannons...

St Eustatias Tourist Information

Local Tourist Offices The St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation, Fort Oranjestraat, Mon-Fri 0800-1700, T/F82433, www.statiatourism.com Tourism Information booth at the airport, T82620; at the Harbour Office, T82205. The St Eustatius Historical Foundation, Wilhelminaweg 3, PO Box 71, Oranjestad A255, T82288, F82202 c/o Eutel. The Foundation publishes a...

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 for local calls, accepts only US quarters (US$0.25). For operator assisted overseas prepaid and collect calls, telegrams, telex and fax pay at counter when you place your call. Telephone cards of US$10 and US$17 can be...

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 you have to pass where you can. To hire a car you need a driving licence from your own country or an international driver’s licence. Watch out for cows, donkeys, goats and sheep roaming around freely. They are a traffic...

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. It is possible to get to Statia in a day from many US cities. There are other connecting Winair flights from St Kitts (15 mins) and Saba (10 mins). Golden Rock Airways can arrange charters. All flights are in small...

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 temperature in the sea is 26°C. Documents See main Netherlands Antilles section under Curaçao - Travel Information. There are no customs regulations as Statia is a free port. Hospitals & Medical Facilities The Queen Beatrix...