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St. Eustatius Fodor's Choice

This extinct, perfectly formed, 1,968-foot volcano has a primeval rain forest in its crater. Hike any of eight trails through woodlands filled with giant elephant ears, ferns, flowers, wild orchids, and fruit trees. If you're lucky, you'll glimpse the elusive, endangered Iguana delicatissima (a large—sometimes several feet long—greenish-gray lizard with spines down its back). The volcanic cone rises 3 miles (5 km) south of Oranjestad on the main road. Local boys go up to the Quill at night to catch delectable land crabs. The tourist board or St. Eustatius National Parks will supply trail maps and help you make hiking arrangements with a guide, but you must purchase a $6 permit before beginning the hike. Figure on two to four hours to hike the volcano. Bring sufficient water and snacks with you.

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