The charming Caribbean atmosphere of yesteryear
With its busy port and picturesque cottage-lined waterfront, the island of Sint Eustatius (Statia to the locals) was once the darling of the Caribbean. It is now an oasis of calm, idyllic scenery and remains unspoilt by tourism.
Once part of the now dissolved Netherlands Antilles, St. Eustatius has held on to its Dutch roots with pride. A luxury yacht charter vacation here is like a visit back in time to a bygone era of the Caribbean, set amongst a rugged landscape of flora-filled hills and dotted with remnants of the past. One of the most beautiful of these is the 1775-built and now partially restored Dutch Reformed church on Kerweg (Church Way) with its magnificent stone arches that frame the views of the turquoise sea.
There is only one town on the island, the capital of Oranjestad, which is split into the Lower Town and Upper Town. The upper area sits atop some steep cliffs which overlooks the picture-perfect lower part beneath the towering Fort Oranjestraat (Fort Orange Street). This is a fantastic spot to enjoy the views of St. Eustatius and beyond while enjoying some delicious local ‘Fruit Tea’ and taking in the delights of its particularly pleasant waterfront. Palm tress line-up along the coast and colonial cottages cluster in the squares, all surrounded by the verdant hills of the island.
Aside from its rugged charm, St. Eustatius is very popular amongst the scuba diving community. Just off of the main port are a variety of carefully preserved ecosystems from walls, patch reefs, old ship wrecks and macro dive sites to boulder slides, rocky outcrops and lava flows. The marine life thrives here and divers can witness all manner of tropical fish as well as turtles and manta rays gliding in the depths - a truly special aspect to any Caribbean superyacht charter vacation away with family and friends.
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