Details, Sint Eustatius
American Airlines offers one-stop flights from Reagan National and Washington Dulles to St. Maarten, with early-December fares currently starting at $416 round trip. Regional carrier Winair offers multiple daily flights from St. Maarten to Sint Eustatius starting at $171 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
The Old Gin House
The former home of a cotton gin (not a still), this nice 18-room inn and restaurant on the bay is the best of Statia’s limited lodging options. Sometimes fully booked during winter and spring. Rooms from $195.
Golden Era Hotel
A lower-cost, no-frills alternative. The waterside restaurant is a popular lunch spot. Twenty rooms starting at $107.
WHERE TO EAT
Ocean View Terrace
Fort Oranje, Upper Town
Perched atop the fort’s old barracks, this open-air restaurant serves European and Caribbean cuisine with a great view of the sea. Most entrees start at around $20.
William Plantz Rd. 18
Opened last year at the foot of the Quill, serving Mediterranean-inspired fare that emphasizes fresh ingredients and natural herbs. Dinner entrees start at around $30.
WHAT TO DO
St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA)
Although a guide isn’t required, a guided hike is the best way to explore the island’s natural beauty, including the Quill volcano. Guided hikes (two-person minimum) cost $20 per person for the first two people, $15 for each additional person. Call or e-mail one or two days in advance.
St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum
A historical walking tour is a fascinating introduction to the island’s history and culture. The free tour, which usually starts at 9 a.m. and lasts about two hours, is scheduled according to visitor interest, generally no more than once per week. Call ahead or visit the museum to make arrangements.
Golden Rock Dive Center
$50 per dive, $95 for two in a single day, plus a daily $1 harbor fee. The marine park also charges a fee of $6 for each dive, or you can get a year-long pass for $30.
Scubaqua Dive Center
$49 per dive, plus marine park fee.