When one is in the mood to get away and explore nature at its secluded form, a trip to Sint Eustatius is in order. Located in Lower Antilles, but a part of an overseas Dutch territory named the Caribbean Netherlands, Sint Eustatius charms with various spots for scuba diving, hiking, and other arduous excursions. Those excited to have nature adventures here can visit via F.D. Roosevelt Airport, which connects to various islands in the Caribbean Sea.
Passengers landing on the airport will find that the airport has no formal terminal facilities. It only has a small building that handles travellers and their baggage, as well as a customs area, which manages the other details of every flight. Extensions on the runway, however, are being considered to accommodate larger aircraft and expand the number of destinations catered to.
What to see & do
Divided into Upper Town and Lower Town, Sint Eustatius features a number of attractions for tourists out to see the wonders of nature in this part of the Caribbean. One will find here Zeelandia, lying about 3.2 kilometres northeast of Oranjestad, the capital of the island. The dark sand of the beach at the Zeelandia Bay is not ideal for swimming, though, but it can be a fascinating sight at certain times of the day when the water is turbulent. What is nice about this beach, though, is that it has private niches which one can find while strolling down the shore towards the cliffs. Those out to enjoy a dip can venture to the Lower Town beach, where one can also snorkel among the ruins of a breakwater and warehouses dating from the 18th century. Those who want to see lush greenery, on the other hand, can check out Miriam Schmidt Botanical Gardens, which features various types of the island's plants. Tourists will also find here a short trail perfect for birdwatching and a garden where one can look out to St Kitts.
Sint Eustatius, although known for its beautiful natural environment, also has its share of historic monuments. Those exploring the island can venture to Fort Oranje, where one can behold at a citadel with cannons, triple bastions, and cobblestone grounds. It was first built as a wooden fort by the French in 1629, but the British tore it down and built a stone structure in its place in 1703, which was extensively restored today to preserve its ancient appearance. From here, tourists can then check out Fort de Windt, an old fortress with a cliff-side wall. Although not much to look at, the location of the fort, on the other hand, features a great view of St Kitts to the southeast. Those out to view more of the island's heritage can turn to the Dutch Reformed Church. Its thick 60-centimetre walls remain intact with a roof that collapsed in 1792. Visitors at the grounds will find various the resting places of various prominent figures in St Eustatius' past.
How to get around within Sint Eustatius
Although one will find meagre public transport, various options are available for tourists exploring Sint Eustatius. One of them is to take the taxi, but the rates must be confirmed first before getting in. Tourists can also look for car rental services for convenience. A driver's licence from back home is good enough, with drivers required to stay on the right side of the road.
How to get there
Those going to see Sint Eustatius can book flights to F. D. Roosevelt Airport. Winair serves here and takes passengers between Saba and Sint Maarten. Charter airlines – FlyMontserrat and St Barth Commuter – also bring travellers here from Montserrat and Saint Barthelemy, respectively, which makes the island of Sint Eustatius relatively easy to reach from the upper part of the Lesser Antilles.
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