Sint Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean
Three hundred years ago, every Buccaneer, Admiral, Sea-swab and Pirate knew of the “Golden Rock”…
St. Eustatius is a tiny Dutch island in the West Indies dominated by the Quill, a dormant volcano. Quill National Park has hiking trails along the ocean and around the volcano, which features a rainforest and many species of orchid. Surrounding the island are narrow beaches of volcanic sand. Offshore, St. Eustatius National Marine Park’s dive sites range from coral reefs to shipwrecks.
During the latter part of the 17th century and throughout the 18th century, St. Eustatius was a major trading center with some 20,000 inhabitants and thousands of ships calling at her shores.
No longer caught in those turbulent times, and far less crowded, visitors will find a very unique place with only echoes of her former past.
Unaffected by regional tourism trends and fads St Eustatius is not your average Caribbean island, so just close your eyes and imagine the Caribbean about 25 or 30 years ago.
Clean, unhurried and unspoiled. Pristine living, practically no crime, reefs teeming with fish. Gentle trade winds. People as warm and genuinely friendly as ever.
Now open your eyes and discover the beautiful little island of St. Eustatius, affectionately known as Statia.
Welcome to our island…