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The locals refer to this 11.8 square-mile island in the Dutch Caribbean chain as Statia. Though small, the island reveals a surprisingly rich past to travelers. During the 1700s, Statia's capital, Oranjestad, was a trading hub for slaves, sugar, cotton and commodities from Europe and the Far East. At its peak, the island's population reached 18,000, and Oranjestad was perhaps the richest port in all the region. However, in 1776 the government brought the wrath of England upon the tiny nation after recognizing the newly independent United States by firing an 11-gun salute to a passing warship. The decline began, and today the sleepy island has approximately 4,000 inhabitants. (View More)

More than 100 sunken trading ships off the shores of Statia make this a diving mecca; submerged anchors, cannons and pottery shards create a silent testimony to the island's story. However there are things to do above the water too: visitors can take a half-day hike to the 2,000 foot Quill National Park, a classically shaped volcano with a forest-filled crater. Orchids, fruit trees and ferns thrive in this unique environment.

In Oranjestad, there are quaint and noteworthy buildings to visit: Fort Oranje, which was built by the French in 1629, will appeal to history buffs; the Dutch Reformed Church, has a tall tower that offers a bird's-eye view of town, and the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum is filled with relics from both the pre-Columbian period, and the colonial period. These items are especially interesting since Statia changed hands between the French, Dutch and English a whopping 22 times. You'll find, among countless other items, colonial furniture, nautical instruments and blue glass trading beads made by the Dutch West Indian Company.

Accommodations are in the form of small inns and guesthouses. Dining is also a low-key affair, with seafood, Creole and Dutch dishes available at several informal restaurants.



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  • NIGHTLIFE

    Nightlife in Statia can range anywhere from an intimate evening in one of our many restaurants, or a night filled with fun, history and tradition in Statia’s annual festivals and national holidays.

  • AIRLINES

    LIAT, WINAIR

    Airport: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Airport (EUX)

  • ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

    A passport and return or onward ticket are required.

  • ACTIVITIES

    The Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical gardens (Compare area). Fort de Windt. The Government’s Guesthouse. Lynch Plantation Museum. Statia Historical Foundation Museum. 17th Century Fort Oranje. Site of the 1st salute to the US Flag. Ruins of the Old Dutch Reform Church. Ruins of the Honen Dalim (2nd oldest in the Western Hemisphere). Remains of warehouses once stored with arms for American colonists during their War of Independence. Oranje Beach. Zeelandia Beach. Lynch Beach. The Quill. St. Eustatius Marine Park.

  • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

    Marriage Requirements
    If you plan to get married, you first need to register this intention. This is called Notice of Intent to Marry (betroth). It is a means of giving official notice of your intention to get married.

    You submit a written request to the Census Office to get married with desired date, time and place at least three weeks (3) before the intended date of the wedding. The wedding must take place within one year of the notice of intent to marry.

    Groom & Bride must be at least 18 and require:

    A valid proof of identity (copy passport)

    A recent copy of your birth certificate (with the parent's name)

    A recent proof of "Single" status.

    If previously married, a recent copy of the divorce certificate or a recent death certificate. Documents from abroad that are not written in Dutch, French, German or English must be translated into English by a sworn translator.

    Two witnesses if desired to be married inside the Courthouse, 6 if desired to be married outside. All witnesses must be over 18 years.

    For a breakdown of costs associated with this process visit http://www.statiatourism.com/weddings.htm For more information, visit http://www.statiatourism.com/weddings.htm

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Currency

The US Dollar

Climate

Generally dry and sunny. Light constant northeast trade winds bring constant cool breezes and sufficient moisture to keep the average daytime temperature down to about 27 degrees Celsius. The average night temperature drops to a comfortable 23 degrees.

Rainfall occurs in showers of medium duration during the months of April, June and September.

Languages Spoken

Dutch is the official language of the island, used in Government administration and schools; English is spoken everywhere; Spanish and Papiamento are also spoken due to the multi-ethnicity of the island.

Electricity

The voltage is 110 A.C. 60 cycles. 220 voltage A.C. will not work without a transformer.

Flying Times

17 minutes from St. Maarten.