The Caribbean Island of Statia Is Heating Up
The tiny Caribbean island of Statia is heating up as it sees new growth coming out of the pandemic.
The island, located a short flight from St Maarten (there’s a ferry too) is starting to see tourism pick up, according to Charles Lindo, the island’s Tourism Director.
To learn more about what’s happening in Statia, Caribbean Journal caught up with Lindo to talk about the island’s growth.
Where is tourism in Statia right now?
Tourism is picking up since the pandemic. The new [Golden Rock Resort] has definitely caused a buzz. We anticipate growth.
What are some of the island’s most exciting developments?
The Barrel House, a new restaurant on the beach at Orange Bay, and Bobbie’s, a new beach club at the Golden Rock.
What kind of impact has the launch of the Golden Rock had on the island?
The development is definitely a welcome venture. It has increased awareness, and now luxury accommodations have been brought to the island, so we add it to our list.
What would you tell first-time visitors to the island that they have to try?
If diving, try the Charlie Brown dive spot. If hiking, go to the Quill and venture down to its crater. Experience Taste of the Cultures — this is not only a food event but socializing and getting to know the locals and their customs is always on display.
What are your favorite places to unwind on the island?
The island is a natural haven when seeking rest or relaxation. Zealandia Beach is fantastic for picnics, meditation or just seeking some R&R. White Wall is a fantastic way of connecting with the outer world without leaving the island. The Boven area with its vast mix of nature and history tells you that Statia is definitely an “open-air museum.”
What makes Statia such a special place?
The people of Statia — genuinely hospitable and friendly people.
Where do you see tourism in Statia over the next few years?
It will continue to grow in the coming years, driven by factors such as increased travel accessibility, growing interest in sustainable tourism, and the desire for unique and authentic travel experiences.
The trend towards remote work and digital nomadism may drive demand for small island destinations that offer a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, as well as reliable connectivity and infrastructure.
As travelers become more environmentally conscious, they may seek out destinations that are actively working to reduce their impact on the environment and to preserve local cultural heritage. The above must be tempered by the fact that there are a number of unpredictable factors, such as global economic conditions, geopolitical events, and the constantly evolving travel industry.
For more, visit Statia.