Statia one of top five ‘tiny Caribbean islands’ to visit

St. Eustatius Monuments Foundation (left) and Paper Corner/The Rum Shop in restored historical dwellings, with the also restored Wilhelmina monument in the foreground.


ST. EUSTATIUS–St. Eustatius has been listed as one of the “Five Tiny Caribbean Islands to Check Out Right Now” by Caribbean Journal, an influential website devoted to travel and tourism across the entire Caribbean.

Statia deserved its place amongst the five “tiny out-of-the-way paradises” because of its “beautiful old main town, terrific hiking and some great diving too.”

“It is significant that the first attraction mentioned is the beauty of historical Oranjestad,” St. Eustatius Monuments Director Walter Hellebrand commented.

“It confirms the importance of investing in measures to maintain or enhance the beauty of our historical structures. Monuments are important as part of our heritage, but also as part of our tourism product. Unfortunately, the problems with undivided properties make it difficult to turn some eyesores into highlights,” Hellebrand said.

The Caribbean Journal article also refers to the soon to be opened Orange Bay Hotel and the Harbour Club Restaurant, as well as Mazinga on the Bay.

The list’s author points out that small islands may be off the beaten path and may appeal to travellers who like the feeling of discovery, but “are easier to reach than you think, just an extra flight or an extra boat ride.”

In Statia’s case, that is a short trip from St. Maarten. “The journey is worth it,” the author concludes. The other four recommended islands are Cayman Brac, Petite Martinique, Anegada and La Desirade.

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Source: The Daily Herald