St. Eustatius Attractions and Activities
Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden
The Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden borders the Atlantic section of the Quill National Park. It covers more than 50 acres. The park was established to protect plants native to the island. During weekdays, park rangers can provide guests with guided tours of the gardens. During the tour, park guests will be taken by the Lookout, Palm, and Sensory Gardens.
The Quill is a volcano and national park containing numerous hiking trails. The volcano is nearly 2,000 feet from sea level to the peakís summit. There are numerous types of plants and animals that can be seen during a hike to the summit. Once hikers near the summit, they can explore the Crater Forest and possibly catch a glimpse of rare Antillean Iguanas. Although the volcano is dormant, scientists estimate that it last erupted over a thousand years ago.
Boven, Gilboa, and Venus Hiking Trails
The Boven, Gilboa, and Venus hiking trails cut through the forested areas on St. Eustatiusí northern section. During one of these hikes numerous plants and animals, including orchids and big iguanas, can be observed. Excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea are also available on these trails.
St. Eustatius National Marine Park
This national park was established to protect the islandís coral reefs and numerous underwater groove systems. There are also ruins from shipwrecks dating back to the 1700ís located within the park, making it a great location for scuba diving. To protect wildlife in the park, it is prohibited to fish in selected sections of the park. Scientific research is also conducted in the park.