The tiny island of Saba which is actually made up of an extinct volcano is only 5 square miles, and is home to about 1500 residents. Saba was settled by the Dutch back in 1640, compared to a lot of the Caribbean’s other tourist driven islands, not much has changed since then.
Getting to Saba can be somewhat of a challenge because only one ailine flies to Saba, flying only out of St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. A ferry also will carry you to Saba from St. Maarten, but the schedules are more geared towards day trippers, so plan accordingly.
There are very few hotels in Saba, but more quaint villas, cottages, and guesthouses, and some stand out more than others. Queen’s Garden Resort. This romantic resort has the largest pool on the island, and King’s Crown Restaurant is also on the premises. Juliana’s Hotel is a fairly reasonably priced hotel, one of especially given the fact that it is the one of the only places on the island with an air conditioner.
Though Saba is small, one thing if for sure, there is no shortage of great places to eat, however, keep in mind that a small island generally houses small quaint restaurants, so reservations are required at most establishments because there isn’t enough room to service everyone. Pop’s Place, a tiny shack on the pier in Fort Bay, serves Caribbean cuisine, and is also a popular spot for divers. Rainforest Restaurant serves more of a contemporary cuisine and the beauty of this restaurant is that it is located right in the middle of the rainforest, making the 10 minute hike to reach it well worth the walk. Willard’s of Saba is the island’s most expensive restaurant serving a fusion of International and Asian cuisine. However access to the restaurant can sometimes poses a bit of a problem because not many taxis are willing ot take the steep drive to get to the restaurant. Gate House Cafe’ is a French restaurant that is not as accessible as some of the island’s other restaurants, but worth a visit because self taught chef, Michel Job’s does and amazing job.
Saba is one of the world’s premier scuba diving destinations. This is mainly because both the visibility and marine life are amazing. There are 28 sites for divers to choose from, some of the most popular being: Third Encounter, Man of War Shoals, and Ladder Labyrinth. Snorkelers can also enjoy the Saba National Marine Park where reefs and rocks sit in shallow water. Torrens Point is one of the more popular snorkeling spots.
Hiking is also a pretty big deal on Saba. Mount Scenery is popular with its 1, 064 step climb. Saba Conservation Foundation has recommended botanical hikes, so if interested in exploring the best places on the island, be sure to check them out.
Each of the four villages in Saba have bulletin boards listing the events of each night, and often, there is a party to enjoy, so nightlife can get to be pretty interesting, especially on ladies night at Hypnotik, where the house rum punch is free for ladies all night.
When exploring Saba, The Saba Museum is a great place to go to get a better feel of the island. The museum, which the old home of a sea captain, allows you to take a look at documents, and artifacts preserved throughout the years, boasting significant historical importance to Saba. Also recommended is that you take a walk on the stone- walled Park Lane, which is considered to be one of the prettiest walks in the entire Caribbean.
The island of Saba may not have the luxury of Aruba, or the mega resorts of the Dominican Republic, but, this gem of an island is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who visit.