Top things to do in Oranjestad

Top Choice Barbecue in Oranjestad

Franky's

If at all possible, plan to be at Franky's between noon and 6pm on a Saturday, when half the island turns out for Statia's most popular barbecue. Lobster, ribs, chicken and freshly caught fish take center stage on t…
Top Choice Fort in Oranjestad

Fort Oranje

Soak up history and sweeping views from this extensively restored fort, a mighty citadel complete with cannons, triple bastions and cobblestone parade grounds. The current stone structure was built by the British in…
Top Choice Beach in Oranjestad

Lower Town Beach

This narrow strip of oyster-gray sand is an extraordinary place to snorkel in pristine waters among the ruins of 18th-century warehouses, now caked in coral and teeming with multicolored fish. The ruins comprise mos…
International in Oranjestad

Old Gin House Restaurant

Statia's best hotel is also home to its most refined restaurant. Dinner is a classy affair with options ranging from pork tenderloin and goat's cheese salad to rib-eye steak with potato gratin and grilled lobster wi…
Chinese in Oranjestad

Cool Corner

Painted in lavender and fuchsia-pink, with a honey-colored pine interior, Cool Corner is an island favorite. Char siu (barbecued pork), kung pao (hot garlic chicken), fish hot pot and salt-and-pepper shrimp compleme…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Oranjestad

Mazinga on the Bay

Inside one of the four remaining 17th-century Lower Town buildings, Mazinga is named for Statia's highest peak, the Quill (Mazinga is the highest point on the extinct volcano's rim). It stocks locally made crafts an…
International in Oranjestad

Blue Bead Bar & Restaurant

A sprawling bright-blue deck makes an idyllic perch for dining on specialties including its nine varieties of pizza, from the Farmer (bacon and eggs) to Blue Bead (sweet peppers and olives). There's a good kids' men…
Museum in Oranjestad

Sint Eustatius Museum

Set inside an 18th-century house built by wealthy merchant Simon Doncker, this eclectic collection showcases pre-Columbian artifacts and exhibits on slavery, Statia's Jewish community, nautical history, and colonial…
Cafe in Oranjestad

Para Mira

An adorable cream-painted, turquoise-trimmed wooden cottage houses this traditional Dutch lunchroom. Croquettes, sandwiches such as ham and Gouda, tomato and onion, or curried egg, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, coffee …
Ruins in Oranjestad

Synagogue Ruins

These ruins are the roofless and slowly decaying yellow-brick walls of the Honen Dalim (‘She Who is Kind to the Poor’), an abandoned synagogue dating from 1739, which makes it the second-oldest synagogue in the west…