St. Eus­tatius

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The town of Oran­jes­tad is a wind­ing, cob­ble­stone-cov­ered col­lec­tion of mostly 18th cen­tury Dutch colo­nial build­ings and scat­tered small homes. On a sunny Satur­day its stony streets have a cer­tain opaque gleam. These streets are mostly empty. If you squint you can see some­thing else – out­door cafes; a street trum­peter; some tourists tak­ing snap­shots of the old walls; the hum of an art gallery.

Many don’t see these things be­cause St. Eus­tatius is yet to be ‘dis­cov­ered’. Whilst it’s just a 20-minute flight from St Maarten, with five reg­u­lar Wi­nair flights each day, this is­land of around 4,000 peo­ple is not yet a ma­jor tourism des­ti­na­tion. But it has the el­e­ments of one: crys­tal-clear wa­ters per­fect for div­ing; a group of green small moun­tains ready to be hiked; a beau­ti­ful stretch called Oranje Bay at Lower Town; and the town of Oran­jes­tad.

FAST FACTS

Sta­tia Day, a na­tional hol­i­day on Novem­ber 16, sees ac­tiv­i­ties take place on the streets of Oran­jes­tad nightly.

It’s a day to re­flect on Sta­tia’s role in Amer­ica’s his­tory, but for most it is a day to cel­e­brate the cul­ture and her­itage of Sta­tia.

Artists such as Des­tra, Alison Hinds, Demarco, Onion and Morgan Her­itage have all per­formed on Sta­tia Day.

KEY EVENT

The Sta­tia Car­ni­val is held ev­ery year in the last two weeks of July. The week is filled with mu­sic, dance, food and pageantry.

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