Statia - History Island
The tiny island of Sint Eustatius or Statia as locals call it lies 30 miles south of St. Martin/St. Maarten. Statia was once known by the famous nickname 'The Golden Rock' due to the huge amount of international merchant ships during the 18th Century transporting silver, silks, sugar and guns. It is now perhaps one of the most historically rich islands of the Caribbean having changed hands 22 times between the English, Dutch and French! St. Eustatius is also famous for being the first country in the world to recognize the United States after the US gained independence from Britain in 1776.
Today the island has approximately 2000 residents with very little development so it's an ideal escape if you want peace and quiet! Being a volcanic island, the island's few beaches have dark sand but the island boasts some fantastic diving and hiking. And of course, there is a wealth of history to explore in the capital town of Oranjestaad.
Both Dutch and English are spoken on the island with the Netherlands Antillean Florin and the US Dollar accepted everywhere. Flights from St. Martin/St. Maarten take approximately 20 minutes and ferries or private charter crossings are also available.