Saba - Queen of the Caribbean
Saba (pronounced "SAY-ba") is an eco-tourist destination boasting plenty of hiking trails, over 25 excellent diving sites, and Humpback whales can be seen anually during March/April.
The island is extremely clean, and you will not find liter anywhere.
This is an island destination that is not on the radar for most visitors to the Caribbean.
There are few accommodations and restaurants on the island. There are no plans to expand into the typical tourist island as the locals like their simple lifestyle.
Also the rugged coastline has no beaches - except for Wells Bay Beach - which only appears once a year in the late Spring.
Saba is on the list of places to go when you want to truly get away from it all and relax in a tropical environment.
The fact that there are few accommodations is actually a benefit. The owners and staff have time to get to know each guest, and therefore anticipate your every need.
English is the official language. The friendly locals are well read, travel quite frequently, and are always ready for a lively conversation. The men are hard working farmers and fisherman, and take great pride in their island, and the preservation of its nature. The island women have been known worldwide for their intricate patterns called Saba Lace.
Small colorful gingerbread houses with red roofs dot the landscape. Every house has a lovely garden.
The landscape is filled with coconut, banana and mango trees. It's easy to imagine you are in a gingerbread fairyland as you stroll around the island.
Saba is located on just five square miles, and the only road on the island is aptly named "The Road." The ten miles of the concrete road is secured to the mountainside with stone walls. Main settlements on the island are The Bottom, Windwardside, Hell's Gate and St. Johns.
We highly recommend Juliana's, a small 12 room inn, within a few minutes walk to some of the best restaurants, wonderful spa, hiking trails, and a museum. The staff is wonderful and the rooms offer spectacular ocean views from the balcony - which has a hammock for two.
The island can be reached from St. Maarten by sea ferry, or travelers can take the hair raising flight from St Maarten via Winair Airlines.
From the air Saba appears as a huge green mountain under a halo of white clouds. As you
approach Saba, the plane starts descending into the mountain, and makes a very sharp turn.
On the decent, the view is green mountain and ragged cliffs on both sides. The runway is a very small strip on top of the mountain. Travelers who have a fear of hair-raising landings might want to consider take the trip via ferry from St Maarten.
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