A Quiet Island with a Colorful Past
St. Eustatius Overview
History and nature are the star attractions on St. Eustatius. Called “Statia” for short, it is a quiet Caribbean oasis where the cruise ships don't stop, and a high-rise development means the second story. Stone fortresses, museums and the crumbling foundations of Colonial-era great houses tell the history of an island that was once a bustling center of maritime trade. A pair of national parks encompasses green hills and the island's landmark volcano, where a long-dormant crater is now overgrown by a tropical rain forest. Reefs lure divers, who also spend time sifting through the scattered remains of historic wrecks in hopes of finding one of the famous blue trading beads.