Caribbean Tourism

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 Medical Centre is on Prinsesweg, T82371 for an ambulance, or T82211 for a doctor. 2 doctors are on 24-hr call. Outpatient hours are 0800-1200, Mon-Fri, or by appointment, from 1400, Sat-Sun from 1000 for emergencies only. The resident dentist is Dr JM Tjien A Fat, at the Medical Centre Mon-Fri 0800-1700, T82371/82211 or at home T/F82750.

Official Time

Atlantic Standard Time, four hours behind GMT, one ahead of EST, all year.

Voltage

110 volts A/C 60 cycles.

Money

  • Currency: The currency is the Netherlands Antilles florin or guilder, but US dollars are accepted everywhere. Credit cards are not widely used (Amex hardly ever accepted, Visa and Mastercard better). Check at hotels and restaurants. US$100 bills often not accepted.
  • Departure Tax: Airport departure tax is US$5 for Antilles, US$10 international. If you visit for the day and pay departure tax on St Maarten, you do not have to pay the tax when you leave Statia. If you pay the tax on Statia and are in-transit on St Maarten you do not have to pay tax on St Maarten. You will need to show your tickets and boarding pass for your next flight at the tax window.

Banks

Barclays Bank, Wilhelminaweg, T82392. Open Thur, Fri 0830-1530. The Post Office Bank, Post Spaarbank, is open Mon-Fri 0730-1200, 1300-1630 except Fri when it closes at 1645. The Windward Islands Bank is by Mazinga Gift Shop, open Mon-Fri 0830-1200, 1300-1530, T82846, F82850.

Clothing

No topless bathing anywhere on the island and men are not allowed to walk without shirts on in public streets.

Public Holidays

New Year’s Day (fireworks at midnight), Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday, Queensday (30 April), Labour Day (1 May), Ascension Day, Statia Day (16 November), Christmas Day, Boxing Day.

Places of Worship

Anglican, Apostolic Faith, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Bahai, Baptist, Pentecostal and Seventh Day Adventist.


More . . .

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....

Oranjestad

Oranjestad is the capital of St Eustatias, situated on a cliff overlooking the long beach below and divided between Upper Town and Lower...

Excursions

The tourist office has a guide leaflet describing 11 trails. Quill hikes with local guides are available with a voucher system from the...

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...