Try these activities during your visit:

museums, storytelling tours, heritage/histrory tours & sightseeing, local/traditional fishing excursion, art/lace/spice workshop, Mystery Box Challenge

Every town or city has something that makes it unique. Take The Netherlands for example. It is a relatively small country. It may seem rather homogeneous to an outsider. However if you look closer you’d notice some very distinct differences from region to region and city to city. You can even hear it in the accent of the residents. The same is true for the individual islands of the Caribbean. I discovered when my wife and I went island hopping there. And, sticking to the Dutch, even the most tiny islands are as distinct as Amsterdam is from Rotterdam.

Take St. Eustatius, or The Historical Gem of the Caribbean. It’s claim to fame? It is here that the sovereignty of the USA was first acknowledged. The Dutch were the first nation to ever officially salute their flag by a cannon fire salute. The US was embroiled in a bitter war for its independence at the time. And so, the onetime trade hotspot of the tropics in the 1700’s is now an oasis of tranquillity with a rich heritage and narrative. That narrative too is conveyed in a uniquely quirky but different Caribbean accent.

These tiny islands still boast troves of treasures that await discovery. However rather than gold and bounty, the treasure to be discovered are the gems that make each region unique. And those are the kind that are always worth collecting and cannot be stolen.

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Island hopping is worth it for the marine life alone! The Caribbean is known for great food. Particularly it’s amazing sea food. But seeing these amazing creatures in their amazing environment is an amazing experience.

The incidental and unexpected encounters are perhaps the best. I understand that it does not happen very often, but my wife and I had some unexpected visitors one Sunday afternoon at a beach picnic on Statia. I was in the sea when I saw something darting over the water. Perhaps I was mistaken. It could have just been s few silvery waves as they were nearing us on the shore. But looking more closely, we noticed that those were not waves. Rather, a school of flying fishes were making their way though the sea near our part of the beach! It was really unexpected and quite a sight. Their trek by our section of the strand lasted about 10 minutes. But that was a very, VERY cool 10 minutes!

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