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Island Territory of Saba
Eilandgebied Saba
Motto"Remis Velisque" (Latin)
"With oars and sails" (English)
Anthem"Saba you rise from the ocean"
(and largest city)
The Bottom
17°38′N 63°14′W / 17.633°N 63.233°W / 17.633; -63.233
Official language(s) Dutch, Papiamento and English
Government See Politics of the Netherlands Antilles
 -  Lieutenant Governor Jonathan Johnson[1]
Constitutional monarchy part of the Netherlands Antilles 
 -  Total 13 km2 
sq mi 
 -  2004 census 1,424 
 -  Density 104/km2 
285/sq mi
Currency Netherlands Antillean guilder (ANG)
Time zone -4 (UTC-4)
Internet TLD .an
Calling code 599

Saba (pronounced /ˈseɪbə/) is the smallest island of the Netherlands Antilles, located at 17°38′N 63°14′W / 17.633°N 63.233°W / 17.633; -63.233. It consists largely of the potentially active volcano, Mount Scenery (877 m), the highest point of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Saba has a land area of 13 km² (5 sq. miles). At the 2001 Netherlands Antilles census, the population was 1,349 inhabitants, which means a population density of 104 inhabitants per km². In 2004 the population was estimated at 1,424 inhabitants.

Its current major settlements include The Bottom, Windwardside, Hell's Gate and St. Johns. Both Dutch and English are official languages. Despite the island's Dutch affiliation, English is the principal language spoken on the island and has been used in its school system since the 19th century. The Netherlands Antillian Guilder (ANG) is the official currency, but the U.S. dollar is accepted everywhere on the island.

Saba is home to the Saba University School of Medicine, which was established by American expatriates in coordination with the Netherlands government. The school adds over 300 residents when classes are in session, and it is the prime educational attraction. A.M. Edwards Medical Center is the major provider of healthcare for local residents.

Saba is slated to become a special municipality within the country of the Netherlands, but the schedule for this transition has been delayed indefinitely.[2]

The island declared its intention to become independent from the Netherlands Antilles on 1 September 2009 whilst stating that it will adhere to its referendum result of 86% in favour of direct ties with the Netherlands [3]. However, according to Dutch State Secretary Bijleveld for Kingdom Relations, it is at this moment not legally possible for Saba to become independent from the Antilles[4].



The origin of the name "Saba" is believed to be derived from the Arawak Indian word for "rock", which was "siba". Christopher Columbus is said to have sighted Saba on November 13, 1493, but he did not land, as the island's perilously rocky shores were a major deterrent to Columbus and his crew. In 1632 a group of shipwrecked Englishmen landed upon Saba; they stated they found the island uninhabited when they were rescued. However, there has been some evidence found indicating that Carib or Arawak Indians may have been on the island.

In 1635 a stray Frenchman claimed Saba for Louis XIII of France and around the year 1640, the Dutch Governor of the neighboring island of St. Eustatius sent people over to colonize the island for the Dutch West India Company. In 1664, these settlers were evicted to St. Maarten by Thomas Morgan, The Netherlands have been in continuous possession of Saba since 1816 after numerous flag changes (British-Dutch-French) during the previous centuries.[citation needed]

In the 17th and 18th centuries its major industries were sugar and rum, and later fishing, particularly lobster fishing. In the 1600s Saba was believed to be a favorable hideout for Jamaican pirates. England also deported its "undesirable" people to live in the Caribbean colonies. They too became pirates, taking haven on Saba. The most notable native Saban pirate was Hiram Beakes, who famously quipped "Dead Men Tell No Tales." Legitimate sailing and trade later became important and many of the island's men took to the seas, during which time Saba lace became an important product made by the island's women.

The remains of the 1640 settlements can be found on the west side at Tent Bay. They were destroyed by a landslide already in the 17th century.


The environment of Saba is mainly composed of woodland forest with ferns and damp soil, and many mango trees. There used to be forests of Mountain Mahogany trees until a hurricane in the 1960s destroyed many of the trees. These are Freziera undulata [Theaceae], and unrelated to other Mahogany species, one of which is, however, planted at lower levels on the island small-leaved mahogany, Swietenia mahagoni [Meliaceae]. The Mahogany trees are considered at risk of going extinct on the island. Visitors refer to Saba's forests as "the Elfin Forest" because of its high altitude mist and mossy appearance. Since then there has been a woodland reserve created and aptly named "Elfin Forest Reserve". Saba's lush plant and animal wildlife are diverse and are looked after by the Saba Conservation Foundation.

4.3 km southwest of Saba is the Saba Bank, a large submerged atoll of rich biodiversity, and a prime fishing ground, particularly for lobster.

People and culture

View from Mount Scenery.

The population of Saba consists of only 1,424 people who come from all over the world. The island's small size has led to a fairly small number of island families, who can trace their last names back to around a half-dozen families. This means that many last names are shared around the island, the most numerous being Hassell and Johnson. Most families are a rich intermixing of Dutch, Scottish, and African heritage. The population is also descended from the Irish who were exiled from that country after the ascension of King Charles I of England in 1625; Charles exiled these Irish to the Caribbean in an effort to quell rebellion after he had forcibly procured their lands for his Scottish noble supporters.

Historically, the island was traded among the many European nations that fought for power in the region. Slaves were also imported to work on Saba. Both English and Dutch are used on the island and taught in schools, though Dutch is the island's official language. In more recent years Saba has become home to a large group of expatriates, and around 250 immigrants who are either students or teachers at the Saba University School of Medicine. Sabans are mostly Roman Catholic by faith; however, there is also a Wesleyan Church Holiness community on the island. Other religions practiced on the island include Anglican, Seventh-day Adventist, Muslim, and Jewish faiths.

Due to the very small size of the island, as well as the difficulty with which the steep slopes made farming, many Sabans took to the sea, making their living as legitimate sailors. Their seafaring traditions made it not uncommon for many men to seek better employment in the United States Navy; forging their birth certificates to enter the U.S. Navy without obstruction was also not uncommon. Although the details of his early personal biography are virtually unknown, one of these Saban sailors was possibly Chief Boatswain Edwin J. Hill, who received the United States' highest military honor, the Navy version of the Medal of Honor posthumously, for heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 in which he died (due to the commonplace practice of one's forging his birth certificate to enter the U.S. Navy, Hill's Saban birth cannot be absolutely proven; however, it is known that his immediate and extended family were Saban).


The island of Saba, showing Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport and various communities.

There is one road, aptly called "The Road". Its construction was masterminded by Josephus Lambert Hassell who, despite the common opinion of Dutch and Swiss engineers, believed that a road could be built.[5] He took a correspondence course in civil engineering, and started building the road with a crew of locals in 1938.[6] After five years of work, the first section of the road, from Fort Bay to The Bottom, was completed. It was not until 1947, however, that the first motor vehicle arrived. In 1951, the road to Windwardside and St. Johns was opened, and in 1958 the road was completed. Driving "The Road" is considered to be a daunting occasion, and the curves in Windwardside are extremely difficult. Driving is on the right hand side.

In 1963 the island had built a 400 metre landing strip for easier trips to the island by flight: Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. It is reputed to be the shortest commercial runway in the world, and as such, only three models of airplane are known to land there regularly[citation needed]. Consistent air service from Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius is available through Windward Island Airways (Winair). In 1972 a pier was completed in Fort Bay to access the island which has made it easier for visitors to come there. Travel is also provided by ferry services to and from Sint Maarten with the Dawn II and The Edge.

Of note in The Bottom area, are 800 steps carved from stone, to go from Ladder Bay to The Bottom. Everything was carried to the island by hand until the late 20th century.


Harbor of Saba.

Saba lace (also known as "Spanish work") was a major export of Saba. In the 1870s, as a young lady, Mary Gertrude Hassell Johnson, was sent to a Caracas convent in Venezuela for study – where she learned the difficult craft. The lacework spread through the island. The women of Saba began a mail-order business, and would copy addresses of businesses off of shipping containers from the United States, and write to the employees. Often they would get orders for the lacework, and it started a considerable cottage industry. By 1928, the women were exporting around $15,000 (USD) worth of lace products each year.


The island of Saba is known today for tourism, especially its ecotourism. Because the island is relatively new to the tourism industry, it only sees about 25,000 visitors each year. Saba is increasing in its popularity as a vacation destination because of its excellent scuba diving, climbing and hiking. The scuba diving in particular is deep and somewhat challenging; even though Saba is a small island it actually supports not one, but two hyperbaric chambers in case of diving emergencies. There are few anchorages, and a small airport with service from St. Maarten and Sint Eustatius. There is also a ferry service from St. Maarten. The ferries Dawn II and The Edge both travel to Saba three times a week. Saba's brilliantly colorful and pristine coral life make it one of the most sublime places to scuba dive in the world, and is often listed as one of the Top 10 diving destinations. Many attribute the underwater life's purity to the island's remoteness and the caring of the people. The waters around the island were designated as the Saba National Marine Park in 1987, subject to government regulation to preserve its coral reefs and other marine life. Thus, Saba is known as the "Unspoiled Queen" of the Caribbean.[citation needed] Saba has inns, hotels, rental cottages and restaurants.[7]

Notable Sabans

  • Hiram Beakes – 18th Century pirate who originated the phrase, "Dead men tell no tales."
  • Edwin J. Hill – Recipient (posthumously) of the United States Navy Medal of Honor for heroism during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. (Believed to be a Saban native who forged a birth certificate to enter the U.S. Navy.)


External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

The uninhabited side of Saba
The uninhabited side of Saba

Saba [1], known as "The Unspoiled Queen" due to the protection of its unique ecosystem, is a 5 sq. mile(13 volcanic island in the Leeward Netherlands Antilles. Since it is not a reef island, it does not have the sandy beaches most notable in the Caribbean, but rather mostly cliff faces and rocky shores. The island, however, attracts tourists for the diverse and vibrant ecosystem and the unique diving experience (pinnacle diving, wall diving, etc...).

The population of Saba is 1424 people spread into four major villages and includes the 200-300 medical students attending the Saba University of Medicine. The medical school houses a hyperbaric chamber, which coincides nicely with Sabas extensive diving draw.

To view the official promotional film of Saba, comissioned by the Saba Tourist Board, follow this link [2]

Windwardside as seen from the road to Booby Hill
Windwardside as seen from the road to Booby Hill
Typical House in Windwardside
Typical House in Windwardside

There are four small villages on Saba.

  • The Bottom is the largest and is the capital of the island.
  • Windwardside – the second largest village and home to most of the shopping and tourist attractions in Saba. The regular sea breeze usually renders air-conditioning unnecessary, and makes it a nice choice for accommodation. Located between Hell's Gate and St. John's.
  • Hell's Gate – the first village passed when traveling from the airport
  • St. John's – the smallest village and largely residential. It does, however, contain both of the island's schools (primary and secondary), as well as a church and a couple eateries. It lies along the road between The Bottom and Windwardside.



It is said that Christopher Columbus sighted Saba on his trans-Atlantic voyage, but did not land due to the rocky shores. The island was colonized in 1640 when a group from the Dutch West India Company were sent in from neighboring Sint Eustatius. In 1664 these settlers were evicted by the notorious buccaneer Sir Henry Morgan. This is one of the few times that the rough terrain of Saba was successfully invaded. The Netherlands finally took over in 1816, and that is how it remains today.

In the 16th and 17th centuries, Saba was a haven to pirates throughout the Caribbean. Most notably, Hiriam Breaks took residence in Saba, who coined "Dead Men Tell No Tales."

Sugar and rum were Saba's chief exports through the 18th century, as well as fishing (particularly lobster fishing) later. Once trade routes became more open, Saban Lace (a derivative of Spanish Lace) became very popular. By 1928 the women of Saba were exporting $15,000 (USD) worth of lace yearly.

For a long time the only way in and out of Saba was through treacherous Ladder Bay. The Ladder is a series of rocks with a near vertical grade. Finally in the 20th century, an engineer took interest in connecting the villages of Saba with a road deemed impossible by engineers before him.

The Road

Josephus Lambert Hassell was the engineer who, in 1943, designed and supervised the building of the road from Fort Bay to The Bottom. Over the next 20 years, 14 km of road was painstakingly laid by hand and wheelbarrow by locals. It is said the men of Hell's Gate put in the most effort on the project because they were the farthest removed from the bay. Of course, the addition of the airport later would turn the main arriving point of the island around.

Saba Airport as seen from Hell's Gate
Saba Airport as seen from Hell's Gate
Opened in 1963, Saba's airport is a 1300 feet (400 m) length of runway sitting on Saba's biggest and flattest portion of land. Many pilots rate it as the world's most dangerous airport, even though no major tragedies have occurred there. The runway is marked with a large white X at each end denoting that it is not for commercial flights. In fact, pilots needs special training to land there, and Winair is the only airline currently serving flights on the DHC-6 Twin Otter.

The danger of the airport comes from its location in relation to the island. The side by which aircraft come in is flanked by a large cliff that the plane flies directly toward before banking hard left to get in line with the runway. The airport is 60 feet above the ocean, and sheer cliff on both sides of the runway leads to those rocky depths, running the risk of airplanes over shooting the runway and falling into the ocean. A crosswind will cause airplanes to renege flights, as the rough turbulence can give even good pilots a hard time.

Travelers should know about this ahead of time, but the lack of a tragedy should put them at ease about the trip which occurs 5 times a day. The airport is the shortest international runway in the world. It has a bar, no air traffic control station, and the airport manager is known by pilots for paying close attention to every incoming flight, and if it rated as too sloppy he will most assuredly complain.

Orchids on Saba
Orchids on Saba

Saba has a lot of different types of plant life on the island, most notably its wild orchids. An orchid researcher found 9 different types of wild orchids on the island on his initial 2 week trip in 2003 and is expecting to find many more in the future. You can't go too far without seeing these wild orchids as they grow along hiking trails, in gardens throughout the island, and even along the side of The Road.

Over 60 species of birds inhabit the island, while over 200 kinds of fish swim near its shores. All of this diversity comes from Saba's very unique ecology. The ocean surrounding the island goes from fairly shallow to very deep, pinnacles scattered throughout. A fair portion of the island is considered rain forest, and Mount Scenery gives a diverse range of climate in which living things can thrive.

Be it lizards, aphids, sea life, or otherwise, Saba offers a level of diversity that seems impossible given its extremely small size.


There are three official languages in Saba: Dutch, Papiamento, and English. Most everyone speaks English, and a good many locals are even from America originally, but the other two will certainly be heard around the island.

Winair plane on Saba runway
Winair plane on Saba runway
Saba is a 15 minutes plane ride from Saint Martin. Winair is the airline used to get to and from Saba, and flights occur about 5 times a day (wind permitting).

By Boat

Two boats offer ferry service to and from Saba: Dawn II and The Edge. Dawn II arrives to Saba at 5PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and departs at 6:30 AM the following morning. The Edge travels between Saba and Saint Martin Wednesday through Sunday, leaving St. Martin at 9AM and arriving in Saba 80 minutes later. It then leaves Saba and returns to St. Martin at 5PM.

Get around

By Car/Taxi

Saba has one main road which was laid by hand starting in 1939 and didn't complete until 1961. It runs from the airport to the harbor, and passes by all 4 villages of the island. Taxis can be called to travel from one town to another, and considering the treacherous nature of the road (not to mention the length), it is probably not wise to walk it.

There is also a car rental place in The Bottom called Caja's Car Rental, however you might want to pay attention to how the locals drive on the road before you decide to go that route.

By Foot

If you stay in Windwardside, you can walk to anywhere in Windwardside, and likewise for any of the other villages. But if you stay in one village and want to get to the next, it's probably best to just call a Taxi or get a ride in some way. Some of the grocery stores will offer delivery service to where you stay, so don't worry about not being able to carry them all back with you if you walked there (be sure to ask if they offer it before you start buying). Walking along The Road to the Bottom is not particularly pleasant, since traffic is fast and the road is narrow. A pleasant alternative, if somewhat steep, is the walking trail which leaves the Road at the Saba trail shop and meets up with it again directly uphill from the Medical School.


The people on Saba are very friendly, so hitchhiking from town to town isn't rare. Taxi driver's have even been known to pick up hitchers, not charging them for the ride if that's the direction they're going anyway.

  • Mount Scenery (862 m) on Saba has the highest elevation in all of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. There is a hiking trail to go up the mountain that starts just outside Windwardside. It is best to hike up in the morning as the peaks is often fogged in the afternoon.
  • Hiking Trails offer a nice view of Saba's flora and unique beauty. Some pass old ruins, some delve into caves, some go around the uninhabited side of the island, some go through the rain forest, and all offer something different. All trails are very well marked and in good condition. An excellent trail map is widely available.
  • A road (not The Road) from Windwardside leads up to Booby Hill which has a few things to see. JoBean's Glass Studio is on that road, as well as a Guava tree orchard, but most notably there is an abandoned house with an incredible view of neighboring islands and St. John's.
A Diadema Urchin off the shores of Saba. Urchin once populated the Caribbean but then went nearly extinct. Now they are starting to make a comeback.
A Diadema Urchin off the shores of Saba. Urchin once populated the Caribbean but then went nearly extinct. Now they are starting to make a comeback.

In the Sea

Wall Dives can be an almost humorous experience because the sea life that live along the wall may think that the wall itself is down, and orient themselves in that direction. Walls also offer lots of nooks and crannies in which sea life can live and hide, so you often see a wide variety of life on the wall.

The seabeds surrounding Saba are so diverse, that any level of diver can go there and have a good time. It doesn't matter if you're Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Nitrox, or whatever, the sea offers dives for you and the dive shops do their best to work with your wants.


Saba is one of the top 5 destinations in the world to go Scuba diving due to its sheer underwater cliffs, pinnacles, and the multitude of diving locations surrounding the island that each offer a unique experience. The people in the local dive shops are very friendly and great at teaching inexperienced people how to dive. They can take someone without their Open Water Certification and offer them a quick course and certification to get them in the water, or they can take them all the way into getting their Open Water Certification so they can dive without an instructor present. So even if you've never gone diving before, you can get certified in Saba.

There is also a medical school on the island, where a lot of American and Canadian students come to.

Every October sees a month-long event put on by Sea & Learn [3]: a non-profit foundation sponsoring events geared toward educating attendees about the flora and fauna of Saba and the surrounding waters. Nightly talks are given at local eating establishments by scientists from around the globe who also perform participative field experiments and/or nature surveys.


The famous Saban lace, invented by Saba's industrious women (Gertrude Hassell), makes for an excellent souvenir. Cottages, villas, and houses of the sort are currently for sale on the island ranging from approximately 180,000 USD - 1.5 million USD. Living on Saba is an every day luxury for any home buyer. With almost every house on Saba you get amazing ocean and neighboring island views, views of Mt. Scenery, and spectacular views of flora and wildlife.

  • Peanut Gallery, Windwardside (at Lambee's Place). Paintings, prints, ceramics by artists on Saba and elsewhere in the Caribbean.  edit


There are grocery stores in both The Bottom and Windwardside in which travelers can pick up various snacks and food for meals if they want. Meals at restaurants run between $15 and $35 (USD) on average, so the grocery stores offer an alternative to that price.

There are a lot of Guava trees (and even an orchard or two) around the island. Locals have been known to share with visitors if asked nicely.

Groceries (including meat that isn't seafood) only comes in on Wednesday, and this leads to a few phenomenon on the island. For instance, Wednesday is the best day of the week to get red meat (from a grocery store or a restaurant) and oftentimes the locals have parties at their homes where they grill out (meeting them and being friendly ahead of time can land you an invite). Additionally, with the exception of Wednesday, seafood will be the freshest food on the island.

  • My Kitchen is found in Windwardside behind the Sea Saba dive shop. Prices average about $25 per entree. Lunch is served from noon til 2, and dinner from 6 til 9. Tables are located outside (all open air, some under a cover, others with umbrellas over the tables). Food is great, some of the best on Saba. This restaurant must be tried if on the island.
  • Chinese Bar and Restaurant Chinese Bar and Restaurant in Windwardside is one of two chinese restaurants on the island (the other being in The Bottom). Get to it by taking a steep road next to Brigadoon all the way up and off to the right. The restaurant can't be missed as there is a large lit sign displaying its name on top. The food is decent enough, and price is in the $12-$18 range mostly. It is run by an older Korean couple and their son.
  • Saba Treasure Inn and Tavern Saba Treasure is located in Windwardside near the Sea Saba dive shop, and gets its name from the interior which resembles the inside of a boat. It is said that the best pizza on the island can be found in Saba Treasure, and it's certainly good. The calamari appetizer and sandwiches are also very good. The pizza is relatively inexpensive since it feeds multiple people for one price.
  • Rainforest Restaurant The Rainforest Restaurant offers unique atmosphere and some of the best food on the island. Its theme is to be one with nature, and you certainly feel that way while dining in candle light surrounded by the sounds and smells of the rain forest brought in by the fresh breeze. The taxi will drop you off about 200 yards from the restaurant itself where you will have to walk the remaining distance on a path (bring a flashlight for the return trip!). The menu changes nightly because the restaurant only serves what it can get fresh that day.
  • Brigadoon Every Saturday night sees Sushi Night at Brigadoon in Windwardside, and this shouldn't be missed. Reservations are needed and must be entered by about 2 PM or so of the same day. They also sell Saba Rum which is vanilla and ginger infused rum and is really spectacular. Ask them for a sample! Sit on the patio for the best atmosphere and enjoy the fresh flowers on the tables picked from Tricia's (the owner and cook's wife) garden.
  • Scout's Place Scout's Place is located down the road that is next to Big Rock Importers in Windwardside. It is a Hotel, Bar, Restaurant, Dive Shop, and Boutique all wrapped into one. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and all are pretty good at a reasonable price. Breakfast pricing is about $8, lunch is about $15, and dinner is between $15 and $25 a person. Breakfast consists of a range of choices from French toast to omelets to ham and eggs. Lunch is mostly burgers and sandwiches, where dinner adds in fish and fowl. There is also Karaoke (called Sabaoke by the locals) at Scout's Place on Friday nights. The deco is pirate themed and there is an open air deck that overlooks to the South.
  • Tropics Cafe Tropics Cafe is in Windwardside on a road near Scout's Place on the way to Booby Hill. It is owned by the same people that own Juliana's Hotel (located right next to Tropics), and Juliana's swimming pool is even right next to Tropics. When open, one of the walls is collapsed so that all tables overlook the sea to the South. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. Standard eggs and whatnot for breakfast, and hamburgers and other sandwiches for the rest of the day. Prices are about the same as Scout's: $8 for breakfast, $10-$15 for lunch, $15-$25 for dinner.
  • Eden, Windwardside (Lambee's Place), 599 416 2539, [4]. Noon to 4:00 pm; 5:30 to 9:30 pm. Casual dining on the porch or open deck. The lunch menu features hearty Dutch sandwiches and other fare, with excellent coffee. The dinner menu is French with international influences. Entrees about $15 to $30.  edit


There are a few bars on the island including, Guido's, Lollipop, and Swinging doors. Again all of these places have the locals coming in at the end of the day, and its great way to absorb the local culture. Also the medical students on the island get pretty bored there and you will probably get to meet them too at the bars.

The beers in Saba are mostly Belgian and Caribbean/Mexican brews. Heineken, El Presidente, Carib, and Mackeson are the ones most common throughout.

  • The Gate House in Hell's Gate has achieved Wine Spectator's [5] Award of Excellence since 2002. Reservations are needed.
  • Swinging Doors Swinging Doors is a bar located on The Road in the middle of Windwardside. It is exclusively a bar except on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday nights: Tuesdays and Fridays are BBQ nights, Sundays are steak nights. Many locals hang out here throughout the week.
  • Scout's Placeis one of the most traditional places on Saba and always a good choice to stay. For divers, nature lover or businessman, Scout's Place offers an all-in-one service for everybody. It's own award-winning dive center offers daily dive trips into the Saba Marine Park, the restuarant is open daily and the terracces offer one of the best views on the island. The hotel is cozy with nice rooms, a seperate Pirate Cottage, pool, tropical patio and free wireless internet. The Friday night is legendary and a must while on Saba.
  • El Momo El Momo has about 8 cottages along a hillside on the Booby Hill Road. All cottages have a good view of the ocean and some of the views are spectacular. Some have attached baths and kitchens. The breakfast room is a great place to watch the sunset for the Green Flash, and the small swimming pool is a wonderful place to cool off after a hot hike. New owners as of February 2008, so some things may change.
  • Juliana's
  • Cottage Club Cottage Club is located in Windwardside down the road next to the Cemetery, taking the first left. There are 10 cottages for $65 or $85 a night (depending on the season). They look off to the North (so Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy can be seen on clear days), have kitchenettes with fridge and gas stove, 2 beds (queen and full), and no A/C (like most places in Saba) so windows must be left open at night to allow the cool night air in.
  • Queen's Garden [6] clings to a cliff above The Bottom. The suites, most with Jacuzzi, are spacious, and service is attentive. It's a bit out of the way but has a fine restaurant, and the staff will arrange taxis for tours and excursions. About $200 to $350 (plus 15% for service and tax) in season.
  • Privately Owned Cottages There are quite a few privately owned cottages and houses on the island that have weekly rates throughout the year. The best way to find these places is to call the dive shops (Sea Saba, Saba Divers, and Saba Deep) who usually know about the cottages, pricing, and availability.

Stay safe

Saba offers a wide array of trails on which to hike, but know how good of a hiker you are before choosing a trail. Some trails can be treacherous, and some hikes very difficult. If you don't go prepared to hike, stick to the easier paths. Beware of slippery moss, mud, and the occasional steep section. A walking stick is a tremendous help in making safe descents down the steep paths, particularly the trails leading to the coast.

As for street crime, Saba is one of the safest places in the world & on par with St. Barthelemy with respect to personal safety. This is mainly due to the small population on the island which is exceptionally friendly to tourists as they are the island's sole source of income. You can walk any part of the island at day or night without having to worry about your safety.

Saba is so safe that hotels do not have locks on their doors.

The usual safety precautions are required while diving. A hyperbaric chamber is available at the Saba National Marine Park at the Fort Bay Harbour and is maintained by the Saba Conservation Foundation. It is not recommended to enter into the sulphur mine (specially not alone) as the high concentrations of sulphur in the air can make you unconscious within seconds and a prompt rescue would be logically impossible.

Get out

Saba can be very windy, and the small planes of Winair cannot always deal with it depending on the direction. Check your flights leaving St. Martin, as some airlines only fly there once a week. If this is the case, planning to leave Saba a day early and spending the night in St. Martin may be a good idea. The boats can offer an alternative if planes can't make it in.

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See also saba


Proper noun

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  1. Sheba


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Saba (pronounced "Sah-ba") is the smallest island of the Netherlands Antilles, located at 17°38′N 63°14′W. It consists largely of the dormant volcano, Mount Scenery (877 m), the highest point of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Saba has a land area of 13 km² (5 sq. miles). At the 2001 Netherlands Antilles census, the population was 1,349 inhabitants, which means a population density of 104 inhabitants per km². In 2004, the population was estimated at 1,424 inhabitants.


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