We stayed a week and enjoyed every moment. It's very basic, but clean and roomy. About the size of a Comfort Inn Room, but divided into two areas, the bedroom (and I found the mattress very comfortable; the sheets are changed every second day) and a sitting room with a day bed, fridge and table with two chairs. Plus a bench outside on the porch to relax on with a view (small) of the Atlantic. Bring another towel as only one per person is provided, and that none too big. It was never the chickens that woke me, but the braying donkeys. Livestock roams the island everywhere - cows, chickens, donkeys, pigs, goats, plus the occasional dog or cat. We loved that.
This is not the place for the ordinary tourist, but if you want to get away from absolutely everything, Statia is the place. Exactly as the Caribbean was 50 years ago. No casinos, no big hotels, and yes there are swimming beaches on the Caribbean side, and you can swim really far out into the sea. However, the hiking in three years has gone downhill, no pun intended. While the path to the Quill is well marked, the paths on the other side, to Gilboa Hill are virtually non-existent. As is any path in the Botanical Garden, sadly run down.
But if you just like to kick back, read, walk, hike, swim, and yes, drink, this is the place. Very hot in humid in mid-November, when their biggest public holiday is, November 16th. This island was the first foreign power in the world to recognize the new United States flag, on November 16, 1776. They celebrate it, why don't we?
- Also Known As:
- St. Eustatius Country Inn
- Country Inn St. Eustatius, Caribbean