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Sint Eustatius, locally known as Statia, is a small island in the Caribbean. Politically, it is a "special municipality", fully integrated in the Netherlands proper. The capital, Oranjestad (Dutch for Orange Town) is divided into Lower Town, a single street by the water front, and Upper Town, which is the main part of town. The largest and longest running industries on the island are tourism (mostly dive tourism) and port services for the passing oil tankers from Venezuela.

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The St. Eustatius Historical Foundation published a very nice little book, available almost everywhere, that outlines a 1-mile walking tour of the capital, Oranjestad. The tour route starts at the port and winds through all the key historical sites. The central district of the capital has a number of very attractive restored buildings, including a museum run by the Historical Foundation. You could pick this book up at the headquarters of STENAPA, which is only a few yards from the port in Lower Town.

Hike The Quill, the island's dormant volcano. Visit the botanical gardens. Go diving or snorkeling; the island is famous for its underwater life.

On land, the animal life includes some large iguanas. An abundance of goats, cows and chickens roam freely. Most of them no longer belong to anyone in particular, but are instead remnants of the custom that those who own more animals have more wealth. A concerted effort is being made to round these animals up and perhaps fence them in, because of their environmental impact. Some maybe/maybe not feral cats and dogs also wander about. Do not expect one to curl up in your lap while you read a book, but you might be able to lure an occasional visitor to adopt you by setting some food outside.

In terms of history and archeology, Statia was at one point the most important port in the New World. During the 18th century it rose to prominence through a combination of lax Dutch trading controls and the American Revolution. Successive transfers between Dutch, British and French control compelled the once-prosperous merchant community to seek better profits elsewhere, but the archaeological record records their presence. Hence Statia's current motto, "The Historic Gem." Nowadays, the only visible record of its once-proud presence are the fragments of pottery incorporated into local driveways and a fair amount of crumbling 18th century Caribbean architecture. An archaeological field station run by the Sint Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (SECAR) [1] is the only remaining effort to restore the heritage of Statia to American history.

People who are interested in nature should definitely visit the headquarters of STENAPA (the island's national parks foundation) in Lower Town a short walk from the harbor, and talk to the staff there who will be able to suggest the most interesting areas for you to go to.

Royal Plaza Mall

Crystal Theater

Numismatic Museum of Aruba

Parliament Building

Convention Centre

Seaport Village Mall

Fort Zoutman

National Archaeological Museum Aruba

Oranjestad Protestant Church

Wilhelmina Park

Eagle Beach

Aruba Town Hall

Druif Beach

Alhambra Casino

Links at Divi Aruba

Fisherman\'s Huts

San Francisco Church

Saint Franciscus Church

Aruba Ostrich Farm

Alto Vista Chapel

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Beautiful..... This word alone expresses the weather one will experience in Aruba and in Oranjestad to be exact. For example with an average temperature of " practically constant temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius" (Visit Aruba.com) Also furthering the picture perfect weather one needs not to worry about the [possibility of a rainy day. Although there are some cloudy days on average most days have only a small drizzle in the morning or evening and the rest of the day is filled with sunshine. For example the average rain per month is any where from 60-70mm per month. Traveling to Oranjestad on the island of Aruba you are sure to have a holiday filled with beautiful tropical like weather.


Wave and say, “Good Morning” and “Good Afternoon” as the locals are very friendly and it is a known custom on the island.


Try the Fruit Tree for local Dutch cuisine. Smoke Alley is where most of the US contractors eat due to their large portions and abundance of American staples (cheese steaks, burgers, etc.) There are five different Chinese food restaurants on the island; Sonny's is the best.


There are only a few places to drink in an island less than 8 square miles in area. The longest running, owner-operated bar is Chuckies. The expatriate community typically restricts itself to this bar as the owner will frequently drink with patrons and keep the bar open until the last customer leaves.


As is the case for almost any beach destination in Florida or the Caribbean, bring insect repellent.

This article is based on Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike 3.0 Licensed text from the article Sint Eustatius on Wikivoyage.