Sint Eustatius also known as Statia, formerly part of the Netherlands Antilles.
Sint Eustatius became a special municipality within The Netherlands on October 10th, 2010.
The island is 21 square kilometres that is approxinmately 81 square miles.
The official language is Dutch, English is the widely spoken.
The island of St Eustatius does not really have its own specialized cuisine, but there are some tasty Creole options for those looking for something a little exotic.
The food is mainly Dutch cuisine, although you can savour a host of international flavors sucha as European, American, and Asian spices.
The capital city of St. Eustatius is called Oranjestad, the smallest capital in the world.
To reach St. Eustatius, you first have to first fly to St. Maarten.
There are regular flights to St. Maarten from Paris, Amsterdam, New York, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary.
WinAir Airlines flies from St. Maarten to St. Eustatius frequently – it’s a 20 minutes flight.
Statia has become a marriage favorite in the Caribbean. that’s because of the many wedding packages available in the island.
You can get married in the Courthouse, in one of the churches or on the beach, in Fort Oranje which was built in 1636, in the Dutch Reformed Church, in a Jewish Synagogue built in 1739, or in the The Miriam C. Smith Botanical Garden.
Getting married in any of these places is possible any day of the week.
Another island attraction is The St Eustatius National Marine Park created in 1996, which protects a variety of habitats, including pristine coral reefs.
Within the Park are two actively- managed Reserves in which no fishing or anchoring is permitted.
St. Eustatias has a dormant volcano ‘The Quill’ and the ‘Boven’ which is an area covering five hills in the north of St Eustatius, also known as The Northern Hills.
Various types of habitats are protected, from the forests at the top of the Quill volcano to the thorny woodlands on the lower slopes.
The Miriam Schmidt Botanical Garden is a great place to visit, it was created in 1998 – this garden is protected an provides the opportunity to rest in a peaceful environment.
Statia has great hiking trails some lead to the volcano, you can buy a trail tag in the National Park office which costs $10.00 and is valid for a year.
No doubt Statia is the place to travel to, maybe the perfect place for that special moment .
Whatever you choose – take lots of pictures of it’s almost untouched natural nature.
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