CLIMATE St. Eustatius is a small island with a mountainous terrain and a few small beaches leading to incredible diving and snorkeling. However, because the mountains are relatively small, they don't generate cloud cover or rainfall, making Statia's climate very dry and arid most of the time. There is no running freshwater on the island making residents gather water from cisterns or very deep wells. Conditions to expect when you visit Statia:

• Generally dry and sunny • Light constant northeast trade winds bring constant cool breezes • Rainfall for the entire year averages only 40 inches, and occurs in showers during the months of April, June and September • Summer temperatures range from 82-65 degrees • Winter temperatures range from 78-60 degrees

For up-to-date information on the weather conditions on Statia, contact the Statia weather service or

Entry Requirements A valid passport is the entry requirement for visitors to St. Eustatius including American and Canadian citizens. Birth certificates and drivers' licenses are no longer accepted. There are no customs requirements on St. Eustatius, as it is a free port.

Citizens of most countries in the world do not need a visa for their entry to St. Eustatius. However visitors from many countries are required to have a visa for stays of up to three months (90 days) in the Netherlands Antilles. Check the Statia tourism website for more information.

Travel outside the U.S. For U.S. citizens traveling outside of the U.S., the U.S. State Department offers travel information and guidelines in addition to a registration service.

St. Eustatius Immigration Documents If you are planning to make St. Eustatius your home, check out the St. Eustatius government requirements for immigrating to St. Eustatius.

WHAT TO PACK The temperatures in Statia are mild with cooler nights, and there is an occasional rain shower. Bring the basics, but here is a general rule of thumb for what to bring with you when traveling to a Caribbean island:

Necessities might include:

  • Caribbean casual clothing, with sweaters or light jackets for cooler nights
  • Sunscreen
  • Floppy hat
  • Bathing suits
  • Cover-ups (the island is on the conservative side)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals for beach-days
  • Good hiking or walking shoes -- A favorite activity is walking
  • Bug spray or lotion
  • C-card
  • Disposable cameras
  • Electricity is 110 v