St. Eustatius - a hiker’s paradise
Tropical rainforest, volcanic hills, giant trees, cacti, and colorful flowers… You’ll encounter it all walking around St. Eustatius. With 17 trails through two National Parks, this island has earnt its name as a true hiking paradise. In the south, climb the Quill and descend into the crater of this dormant volcano. You’ll be amazed by the rich flora and fauna here. On the other side of the island, in the northern hills, you’ll find Boven National Park with a completely different landscape, beautiful hiking trails and amazing views.
⭐ Did you know that St. Eustatius has one of the most beautiful and safest hiking areas in the Caribbean.
⭐ Check you’ve remembered everything: trail tag, sturdy walking shoes, and possibly a guide?
⭐ Tip: take a walk through the city of Oranjestad and discover the island’s rich culture.
Hiking in Quill National Park
One of the first things you will notice when you arrive at St. Eustatius is the dormant Quill volcano. A visit to this island is never complete without having climbed this volcano. From its highest point, you’ll have phenomenal views of the neighboring islands and more. When you descend into the crater along the Crater trail, you’ll be amazed by a lush tropical rainforest with huge trees and colorful flowers.
A walk of about 2 hours. This route starts on Rosemary Lane and takes you to the rim of the crater. You can change onto the "Around the Mountain trail" halfway along.
Around the mountain trail
A walk of about 4-6 hours. You can walk the route northward or southward, both of which end at the Botanical Garden. From the south, you will pass fantastic viewpoints and will be able to see the island of St. Kitts.
A round trip of about 1.5-2 hours during which you descend into the volcanic crater via steep and smooth paths.
A walk of about 1.5-2 hours on rough terrain, which sometimes even requires a bit of climbing. Along the crater rim, you’ll reach the highest point of the island. From here, you’ll not only have a fantastic view of St. Eustatius but also of the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.
A short route that takes you through thorny vegetation and beautiful silk cotton trees to the "Around the Mountain trail".
Panorama Point trail
A circular walk of about 0.5-1 hour. This relatively short route is tricky and steep, but well worth it when you arrive at the viewpoint. Here, you’ll have a view of Saba and might even be able to see St. Maarten and St. Barths on a clear day.
A walk of about 20 minutes: well maintained and easy to walk. Along the way, you’ll come across information about the different bird species that live here.
Botanical Garden trail
A walk of about 20 minutes that takes you from the "Around the Mountain trail" to the entrance of the Botanical Garden.
Boven National Park
Even though Boven National Park is only a few miles from Quill National Park, the scenery here is completely different, with cacti and acacia bushes covering the rocky ground and open meadows. The hiking trails wind through valleys and along ridges and take you to secluded coves and beautiful viewpoints.
A 1-hour circular walk from the end of Zeelandia Road to Venus Bay (the next bay along).
A walking tour of approx. 2-3 hours from Venus Bay to the top of "Boven", past the remains of a sisal plantation and a former distillery.
A walk of about 2 hours from Venus Bay to the west around "Bergje". You may even come across the Statia Morning Glory here, a rare plant that only grows on St. Eustatius.
Gilboa Hill Butterfly trail
A circular walk of about 2-3 hours, during which you cross all three ridges of Gilboa Hill. You will also pass a former sugar factory and an impressive unfinished fort.
Gilboa Hill First ridge
A circular walk of about 1 hour with a spectacular view over Zeelandia Beach, the Quill, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Gilboa Hill Second ridge
A circular walk of approx. 2-3 hours, which takes you over the ridge and past old slave walls to the coast. Along the way you‘ll have views of St. Barths, Boven, and the Quill.
Gilboa Hill Third ridge
A walk of about 2 hours. From this third ridge, which connects to the second, you can look out over Venus Bay, Boven, and the Quill.
A walk of approx. 2-3 hours from the Venus Bay trail. A nice walk through the bed of an eroded river to Jenkins Bay. At the end of the walk, you’ll be treated to views of the Caribbean Sea and the island of Saba.
A walking tour of 2-3 hours, which cannot be done without a guide. During your walk, you’ll pass the rare Statia Morning Glory and no less than three fortresses.
Always take enough drinking water with you on the road, ideally about 1.5 liters. Also consider sturdy walking shoes with a good sole. Many trails are passable, but there are also steep, smooth sections on a number of them. Almost all trails can be walked on your own, but the experience can be enhanced with an experienced guide.
In order to walk in the National Parks of St. Eustatius, you must first purchase a "trail tag" from the St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation. It costs $10 and is valid for one calendar year. You can purchase a "trail tag" at our reception.