Miscellaneous

Banking

The Post Office Bank, Post Spaarbank opens Mondays to Fridays from 07.30 – 16.00 hrs. The Windward Island Bank is open Mondays to Fridays from 08.00 hrs – 15.30 hrs non-stop.


Business hours

Offices and stores are usually open from 08.00 hours until 18.00 hrs. Supermarkets are open at 07.30 hours and usually remain open until 19.00 hrs.


Car Rental

With a valid foreign, or international driving licence, you are allowed to drive a car on Statia. You can choose from at least thirteen rental companies. For information inquire at your hotel or the Tourist Information Stand at the Airport.

ARC Car Rental
Phone: +599 318-2595
Fax: +599 318-2594

Brown’s Car Rental
Phone: +599 318-2266
Fax: +599 318-2454
Email: bcr_nv@yahoo.com

Hendrickson Car Rental
Phone: +599 318-1442/1114/2384
Fax: +599 318-2692
Email: hendrickson_construction@yahoo.com

Island Essence (One Stop Shop) on St.Eustatius
We carry – Suv, Trucks, Scooters, Bicycles, and Cars
The best prices starting from $45 and up (vehicles)
We even offer: Accommodations, activities, event etc.
Call us today at +599 318-0585, +599 318-6464 or 0017215861855
Email: info.islandessence@gmail.com

Jenilda Rent a Car
Phone: +599 318-1163 / +599 319-1163
or +599 318-4044 / +599 319-4044
Email: jenilda.enterprises@gmail.com

Jif Car Rental
Phone: +599 318-1135

LNP Bike and Scooter Rental
Phone: +599 318-1476

Rainbow Car Rental
Phone: +599 318-2811
Fax: +599 318-2586

Reddy Car Rental
An independent Car Rental Company.
We offer competitive prices & great service to the community and visitors to our beautiful Island. Our fleet consist of 9 cars.
Chevrolet Aveo – Hyundai i10 – Hyundai Matrix and Daihatsu Sirion.
Get in touch to make a reservation. Reddy Car Rental: Always the right choice!
Phone: +599 318-5564/0091
Email: reddycarrental@gmail.com

Rainbow Car Rental
Phone: +599 318-2811
Fax: +599 318- 2586

Rivers Car Rental
Phone: +599 318-2309
Fax: +599 318-2566

Schmidt Car Rental
Phone/Fax: +599 318-2788

Walter’s Car Rental
Phone/Fax: +599 318-2719


Communications

You can get in touch with the entire world from this tiny dot in the Caribbean. Statia enjoys an up-to-date communication system. Information – Telephone: +599 318-2210.
The local telephone company is the St. Eustatius Telephone Company N.V.
Colourful CaribTel calling cards are for sale starting at NAF 18 or $US10. Cards can be bought at the Post Office at Fiscal Road and can be used in most public telephones on the island.

To call Statia from the U.S. or Canada, dial 011 (the international access code), then 599 (the country code for the Netherlands Antilles), and finally 318 (the area code for Statia) and the 4-digit local number. Internet access is also available on the island.


Credit Cards

Most major credit cards are accepted. If you are in any doubt, do check before you commit yourself.


Climate

Generally dry and sunny. Light constant northeast trade winds bring constant cool breezes and sufficient moisture to keep the average daytime temperature down to about 27 degrees Celsius. The average night temperature drops to a comfortable 23 degrees. Rainfall occurs in showers of medium duration during the months of April, June and September. Check the current weather forecast.


Currency

United States dollar.


Ecotourism

St. Eustatius has always recognized its nature and marine life is one of its most valuable assets. The St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation, known locally as STENAPA is managing many ecotourism initiatives.

Stenapa is a dedicated environmental organization developed to protect the marine and land environment as well as endangered species.


Education

The education system is European and more specifically, Dutch. General Instruction is given in the Dutch language. English and Spanish are also taught in the schools. The range of educational facilities include primary, elementary, secondary and vocational. Scholarships, loans and grants are available for further study in the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Electricity

The voltage is 110 A.C. 60 cycles. 220 voltage A.C. will not work without a transformer. Plugs tend to be two flat prongs. Please conserve energy.


Emergency Numbers

Emergency numbers are as follows: Police 911 – Fire Department 912 – Hospital 913


Events Calendar

Click here for a full list of yearly events and activities


Internet

Public access to the internet is available from the Public Library in Oranjestad and at Computers & More (Telephone: 599-318-2596; e-mail: mbvi@goldenrock.net).


Language

Statians have a love for different cultures and speak several languages, including English, Dutch and Spanish. Dutch is the official language used in government administration and schools. English is spoken everywhere. You can be assured, whatever language you may speak, Statians will find a way to communicate with you!


Location

St. Eustatius, affectionately called Statia, is approximately 5 miles/8 km long and 2 miles/3.2 km wide, covering a total of 11.8 square miles or approximately 30.6 square kilometres. The island has a population of 3183 as of September 2006 and is located in the north eastern Caribbean. It is 150 miles / 240 km east of Puerto Rico (latitude 17.00, longitude 63.04), 90 miles / 144 km east of St. Croix, 38 miles / 60.8 km south of St. Maarten and 17 miles / 27.2 km southeast of Saba.

Statia is only a few hours by air from major USA cities and a mere 15 minutes flying time from St. Maarten. Together with sister islands Saba and St. Maarten, Statia forms the Windward Islands of the Dutch Caribbean.


Map of Statia

Download the map of Statia

Download the map of Oranjestad (Capital)


Medical services

The island has an excellent standard of health care at the Queen Beatrix Hospital with two doctors on 24-hour call. Phone: +599 318-2211.


Postal Services

Statia has an efficient postal service and the main post office is located on Fiscal Road. Opening hours weekdays 07.30 hours until 16.00 hours.
Phone: +599 318-2678.
Airmail to Europe takes four to six days, surface mail four to six weeks.


Population

Statia’s population is 3183 as per September 2006 and is made up mainly from people of black African descent with a pleasant nature and a zeal for work.
The first inhabitants of Statia were the Saladoids, who arrived in great sea-going canoes from South America before the end of the 15th century. In the 1600’s, slaves of African descent were brought to the island to cultivate the land, which had more than seventy plantations. At the end of the 18th century, slavery had been outlawed in the Dutch Antilles. Today, people of more than 20 nationalities live in harmony on this peaceful Dutch Caribbean Island.


Religion

Visitors to Statia are welcome at all houses of worship. The following religions have services on the island: Seventh Day Adventist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Jehovah Witnesses, Bahai Faith, Baptist, Anglican, Apostolic Faith, Pentecostal and World of Faith Ministry.


Shopping

Opening days and hours of our gift shops, bakeries and supermarkets.

Shop Name  Opening Hours
Mazinga Gift Shop Monday – Friday: 8:00 hours until 17:30 hours.
Historical Foundation Gift Shop Monday – Saturday: 9:00 hours until 12:00 hours.
Happy City Supermarket Monday – Saturday: 8:00 hours until 21:00 hours.
Sunday: 8:00 hours until 14:00 hours.
Chong (Son Yen) Supermarket Monday – Saturday: 8:00 hours until 21:00 hours.
Sunday: 9:00 hours until 14:00 hours.
People Choice Supermarket Monday – Thursday: 8:00 hours until 20:00.
Friday: 8:00 hours until 18:30 hours.
Saturday: Sunset until 21:00.
Sunday: 9:00 hours until 13:00
Lady Ama’s Supermarket Monday – Thursday: 9:00 hours until 20:00 hours.
Friday: 9:00 hours until 19:00 hours.
Saturday: 18:00 hours until 21:00 hours
Sunday: 9:00 hours until 15:00 hours
Peso Supermarket Monday – Thursday 7:30 hours until 20:30 hours.
Friday 7:30 hours until sunset.
Saturday 18:30 hours until 21:30 hours.
Sunday: 9:00 hours until 15.00 hours.
Schmidt’s Enterprises Monday – Friday: 8:00 hours until 21:30 hours.
Saturday: 8.00 hours until 13.30 hourimages 18:00 hours until 21:30 hours.
Sunday: 8:00 hours until 16:00 hours.
Bakery Sandbox Monday – Saturday:6:00 hours until 12:00 hourimages 17:00 hours until 21:00 hours.

Taxis

Taxi information is available at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Airport. Taxis do not have meters. Rates are fixed and should be checked before ride.

Taxi Company  Contact Details 
Rosie Lopes +599 318-2444 rosielopes@hotmail.com
Celebrity +599 318-1924

Telephone

The St. Eustatius telephone company (EU-TEL) provides a on-line telephone directory. 
Click here
 to access it.


Time

Atlantic standard time. Same as Eastern daylight saving time, all year round. (The clock at the top right of each page on this site displays the current time on Statia).


Tourist Information

St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation
Phone: +599 318-2433
Email: info@statia-tourism.com

Open Monday until Thursday from 08.00 hours until 12.00 hours and from 13.00 until 17.00. Friday open from 08.00 hours until 12.00 hours and from 13.00 hours until 16.30 hours.
Tourist Information Booth at the airport is open daily, telephone: +599 318-2620.
Harbour Office, telephone: +599 318-2205.


Walking tour

The best way to learn about our island is to walk through it. The St. Eustatius Historical Foundation Museum’s well-designed walking tour is a worth-while experience. There are also 12 nature hikes of which the Quill, an extinct volcano, is exceptional.


Water

Advisory for visitors: make sure you boil the water before drinking it.


Weddings

Are you ready for a one-of-a-kind experience? And would you prefer a unique destination for your marriage? If that’s the case, make sure you explore wonderful St. Eustatius. The island offers the right atmosphere for a unique wedding. Click here to find out everything you need to know about getting married on the Golden Rock! 


What to wear?

For the most part, casual informal summer wear is the rule in Statia. Women may wish to take along a headscarf or hat. Casual elegant clothing is advisable for a night out in one of the island’s intimate restaurants.