The tiny island of Sint Eustatius (also known as Statia) is a part of the Dutch Caribbean and covers an area of just 21 sq km.
The dormant volcano, the Quill dominates the island’s landscape and is surrounded by dense rainforests. This region comes under the Quill/Boven National Park and has great hiking trails. In fact, most people visit the island just to explore the crater rim of the Quill and soak in the rewarding 360 degree views from the top. The island also boasts of an impressive coastline fringed by rich coral reefs and a stunning underwater world, popular for scuba diving and snorkelling.
The island’s capital and only town Oranjestad is a laid-back place which contains the leftovers of its French and British past. Fort Oranje, Fort de Windt, Synagogue ruins and Sint Eustatius Museum are the prime attractions. The few beaches here have volcanic shores unlike the standard white sand Caribbean beaches. The most important beaches are Zeelandia Bay, a nesting ground for various turtle species and Lower Town Beach, popular for exploring a 17th-century underwater sunken town.
With no pristine beaches or luxury resorts, Sint Eustatius defies Caribbean clichés. And that is how this tiny island stands apart with a charm of its own, inviting visitors to experience its uniqueness.
A 360-degree view from the summit of the Quill volcano is truly rewarding.