We included Statia, the 'Hidden gem of the Caribbean' into our vacation plans after having read a wonderful review of the island in Lonely Planet guide. It could be because we arrived just between Christmas and New Year that the island was so sleepy, but maybe not. We were greeted warmly at the airport by a lady from the tourist office, who called a taxi for us. It turned out that our hotel was in walking distance, but we didn't mind. In the next few days, we found that there is nothing to do on this island. The waves and winds were to rough for diving (which is supposed to be very good, but this is the case for most islands in the Caribbean), the only museum was charming, but you had to check regularly if there is somebody there to let you in, the only bookstore had nothing but Bibles and there were no beaches to relax. Also, after having seen the tropical rainforest on Dominica, the Quill did not seem as described in the guide. The tourist offices were closed, the only Internet was in the library, and so on.
About the inn. For the price you pay, the owner could provide more. The rooms are clean, but the furniture is old, and the bed uncomfortable. There is air-conditioning, but it spits water on the bed. But the biggest annoyance are the roosters. These animals populate the entire island (so you are not safe in other hotels as well), and roam around freely. They wake you up between 3 and 4 AM.
The breakfast is served by the owner, who was nowhere near chatty and welcoming, but the food was freshly made and good. She did not complain when we decided to leave the island early and did not charge us for the entire reservation. But she did charge us for the bottle of water she gave us although the tap water is not potable and we arrived very late.
It is a shame this island does not show some more effort in keeping people there after they come, because the town itself is charming and there is quite a few things worth seeing and doing (the town, fortress, cemetery, botanical gardens, archaeology). We recommend it for a 1-2-day trip, and only when you make sure there is no public holiday around.
- Also Known As:
- St. Eustatius Country Inn
- Country Inn St. Eustatius, Caribbean