Holidaymakers looking for a sunny location in the Caribbean and Atlantic will love the island of Sint Eustatius. This beautiful island is located in the northern Leeward Islands part of the West Indies and has many things for holidaymakers to see and do. Visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, cottages, apartments, B&Bs and campsites.
Sint Eustatius has three beaches with Oranje Beach on the Caribbean Sea and Zeelandia and Lynch beaches on the Atlantic side. These are pleasant spots for sunbathing Oranje is probably the best location for swimming. Diving and snorkelling is very popular here with a rich variety of fish to be seen amongst the reefs.
Holidaymakers can also enjoy deep sea fishing, bay fishing and pier fishing as well as beach combing. The island offers some wonderful places for hikers to explore with plenty of scenic views to be found here.
There are several bars and restaurants on the island with a variety of dining options including plenty of fresh fish dishes and some international cuisine too. A selection of shops and supermarkets can be found here with a few places for self catering holidaymakers to purchase food and drink. Visitors will also find some markets and stores on the island selling gifts and souvenirs.
Sint Eustatius has some wonderful places to visit including The Quill, which is 2,000 foot extinct volcano with a tropical forest. On the boundary of The Quill is the Miriam C. Smith Botanical Garden, where visitors can observe some beautiful flora and fauna. This includes 17 different types of orchid, exotic birds, iguanas, land crabs and butterflies. Tourists can learn more about the island’s history through some fascinating buildings. These include the St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum located in an 18th century house. Walking tours of the island are organised by the Historical Foundation. Another interesting place to visit on St. Eustatius is the Honem Dalim Jewish Synagogue.
The weather here is generally warm, humid, dry and sunny with a rainy season that runs from June to September. The average annual rainfall is 1,150 mm. Hurricanes can hit the island between August and October. The driest time of year is generally between December and March. The highest average temperatures can vary between 31 degrees centigrade in July and 29 degrees in January, while the average minimum temperatures are around 22 degrees centigrade.
Holidaymakers can get direct flights to Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) on the island of Saint Martin. Winair operate five daily flights from Saint Martin to Sint Eustatius, taking approximately 20 minutes. There are direct flights to Saint Martin from various international airports including Boston (BOS), Caracas (CCS), New York (JFK), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Paris-Orly (ORY), Toronto-Pearson (YYZ) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). There are taxis and car rental services available on the island.