• SABA

WELCOME TO SABA

Known as the “Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean,” Saba boasts one of the smallest populations in the entire Caribbean. This means, your remote island getaway will live up to your expectations. With untouched reefs, dense neotropical forest, and small towns to explore, Saba’s beautiful island and people will impact you in ways you never thought possible. Buckle up for the journey and then be whisked away to what feels like your own private island for a relaxing, and truly mesmerizing, experience.

Attractions

Mount Scenery is the highest point of the island (3000 feet). It’s lovely hike through rainforest.

Windwarside is a beautiful town with a view on Mount Scenery. You will enjoy the numerous shops and restaurants. Everything can be done by walk and local are very friendly.

Dutch Museum Saba is a small family museum with an owner that is very always happy to share his collection with visitors. Support a local!

Tent Reef Wall is a dive site that you can reach within minutes by boat from the harbor. You have both shallow and deep dives available. The visibility is fabulous with near no particles. The current can be something for rookie divers.

On the other hand, the Saba National Marine Park is a well-maintaned site offering a rich marine diversity. They will instruct you on proper diving in order to preserve this eco-system. Corals and sponges are spectacular.

Cove Bay is a relaxing beach with very few visitors. Sit back and enjoy the waves. Snorkeling here is a treat!

Tourism Update

As from the latest COVID-19 Report (August 29, 2020), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) maintains the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to the Caribbean Region to Very High. The level is based on international risk assessment guidelines, particularly in keeping with a risk assessment for MERS-COV and pandemic influenza. CARPHA Member States (CMS) must continue interrupting the virus progression, reducing mortality associated with COVID-19, and continue a phased lifting of in-country restrictions down below.

Saba, as from August 10, 2020, has entry & quarantine policy. For entry, travelers are required to ask the Island governor permission by email at info@sabagov.nl. Then, a centralized quarantine is in places for high risk areas. Medium and below risk areas will require quarantine if signals warrant use.

Low Risk: Sint-Eustasius

Medium Risk: Europe, Canada, Bonaire, Curaçao

High Risk: All Americas, Dominican Republic, Sint Maarten, Aruba

You can find more details on their website here.

Getting There

There is no easy way to get to Saba, but the remoteness of your destination is what has kept this island so beautiful for so long. First, you’ll need to fly to the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten. Then, hop aboard a pedal jumper for a 12-minute flight to Saba! Or, if you’d rather not get on another plane, there is a ferry that takes about 90 minutes. For more detailed instructions, visit the Princess Juliana International Airport webpage or the ferry page.

An alternative is an high speed ferry from St. Maarten Pelican Marina to Fort Bay in Saba. Be warned the waters might be turbulent.

Getting Around

Once you step foot onto the Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean, you have two options for traveling around. You can reserve a taxi, get the driver’s card, and make trip arrangements with them. Or instead, you can rent a car and explore the island on your own terms. There is more information available, plus a list of taxi drivers, on Saba’s tourism website.

Wildlife/Nature

Saba is relatively untouched, and the people of Saba work very hard to live in harmony with their natural surroundings. With few roads, few buildings, and a modest airport, it is obvious that the natural beauty of the island takes center stage. You can go snorkeling to see the sea turtles or beachcombing for tide pools. Or stay relatively dry and go hiking through the rainforest and cloud forest to see orchids, green iguanas, hummingbirds.

Mount Scenery is the tallest mountain in the Dutch Kingdom at 877 meters, so avid hikers can stretch their legs and see how far they can climb.

National Heroes/Museums

Dutch Museum Saba – this museum houses Dutch artifacts from the 1600s. Visitors can get their own little slice of the Netherlands and enjoy tapestries, porcelain, furniture, lacework, and plenty more.

Harry L. Johnson Museum – home to the archaeological findings of Saba, visitors can learn about the Amerindian peoples that once called this island home. The museum is located within a preserved 19th-century home with stunning gardens and walkways.

Eco-Tourism in Bonaire

Saba is the eco-tourist’s ultimate destination. The old growth rainforests and cloud forests make for an unforgettable hiking excursion. Or instead, the depths of the Saba National Marine Park offer visitors another glimpse of the island’s natural beauty. The island is relatively hilly, and so wherever your journeys take you, you are sure to see stunning viewpoints of the natural wonder all around you.

Capital: The Bottom

Population: 1,915

Language: Dutch

Currency: United States Dollar

Religion: Catholicism

National Bird: Shearwater

National Flower: The Black-Eyed Susan

National Dish: Goat meat with peas and rice

Motto: “Remis Velisque” – “With oars and sails”

The National Flag: The flag consists of a white diamond in the middle with a large yellow star in the center. Then, the top two corners are red and the bottom two corners are blue. The yellow represents Saba, the white represents peace, the red represents unity in strength, and the blue represents the sea and the sky.

ATTRACTIONS

Half Moon Bay, Antigua

Stingray City, Antigua

17 Mile Beach, Barbuda

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, Antigua

Dickenson Bay, Antigua

St. John’s, Antigua

Devil’s Bridge: Indian Town National Park, Antigua

Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Fig Tree Drive

Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Barbuda

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