Saba Travel Guide

  • Saba - The Unspoiled the Queen of the Caribbean
    Saba - The Unspoiled the Queen of the...
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  • The Bottom - the capital of Saba
    The Bottom - the capital of Saba
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  • The Bottom
    The Bottom
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Saba Things to Do

  • Saba Medical University

    Yes there is a medical university on the island, bringing around 400 additional residents to the island. The Saba University School of Medicine was chartered in October 1992. It provides students from the U.S.A. and abroad an opportunity to acquire a medical degree and fulfill their ambition of becoming a physician. Applications are invited from...

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  • The Road

    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. He took a correspondence course in civil engineering, and started building the road with a crew of locals in 1938. After five years of work, the...

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  • The Bottom

    The charming community of “The Bottom” scrambles up the hillside and looks as though it was lifted from a historic fairy tale. The white washed homes are decorated with colorful trim and most people tend neat little gardens – that is where their ancestors are traditionally buried. If you expect rows of duty free shops, you will be disappointed....

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  • St. John's

    There really isn’t anything to do or see in St. John’s, but it is home to Saba’s now-consolidated school. How the children are able to concentrate given the school’s location is beyond me.

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  • Hell's Gate

    Upper Hell’s Gate and Lower Hell’s Gate are home to a few hotels and a lace work shop, but they are primarily residential areas. Between the airport and Windwardside, these tiny hamlets also provide access to several trailheads leading to some excellent hiking.

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  • The Bottom

    The Bottom is Saba’s administrative capital. From a tourist standpoint, there is little to see or do in The Bottom other than take a leisurely stroll around town to soak in the ambience. The Bottom is home to the Queen’s Garden Resort, which in addition to upscale accommodation has an excellent restaurant.

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Saba Restaurants

  • Great Steaks

    This place is a small, local bar that serves meals three days a week. Cool surroundings with good stories being tossed about by the locals and all the divers that frequent the place. We went on Sunday (Steak Night!!!!) and the steak was awesome! I've been to some of the (supposedly) better steak houses in the US and more often than not prefer my...

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  • "Trish the Dish"

    Trish and her husband Michael have created a unique and wonderful restaurant that shouldn't be missed when you visit Saba. Just down the hill from "downtown" Windwardside, they offer a menu of fresh fish, local dishes, excellent homemade desserts and locally produced beverages. In addition, Trish prepares sushi one night a week, and Michael has...

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  • Great Sandwiches on the Harbor

    Grab a cold drink and watch as the boats come in and out of Saba’s busy Fort Bay!Hang out with a local crowd and discuss the latest with fisherman, expats and other tourists!Elvira serves an awesome lobster sandwich and Sugie serves the coldest Heinekens on the island. Pop’s carries drinks, candy bars, chips and even ice cream for cooling down...

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  • Good Food in the Mt. Scenery Area

    One of the earliest restaruants on the island and just a few steps away from the foot of the Mount Scenery Trail, My Kitchen is ideally located for those wishing to carry on lunch with them on their hike. Or you can simply relax on the open deck area to have lunch or dinner. The setting is very tropical and the menu is varied, with charbroiled...

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  • Fresh, Local Dishes

    This little restaurant is located between the villages of St. John's and The Bottom, with an unobstructed view of the ocean and surrounding hills! THe menu specializes in local cuisines such as goat meat, stuffed land crab, frsh fish caught daily, grilled lobster, spicy fish-cakes, etc.It's open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fresh fish!

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  • Don't Order "Fancy Drinks"!

    Located in the heart of Windwardside, The Swinging Doors is owned and operated by one of Saba’s more colorful characters, Eddie Hassell. Quick with a joke, Eddie always has a Saban tale, the latest gossip or tales of the sea to share. The Doors is now famous for its Tuesday and Friday night barbeques, and daily fare consists of burgers, sandwiches...

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Saba Nightlife

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    by mumu1978 Written Jul 2, 2006

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    ON Tuesday and Friday you can head to Eddies for 10$ geta big bbq dinner. It is a great spot, maybe the best on the island . Go any other time for drinks and snacks, fries, burgers, mozza sticks!

    Dress Code: Casual!!!!!!

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Saba Transportation

  • Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

    In 1963 the island built a 400 metre landing strip for easier trips to the island using aircraft: Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport. This landing strip is reputed to be the shortest commercial runway in the world, and as such, only three models of airplane are able to land there regularly. Consistent air service from Sint Maarten and Sint Eustatius is...

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  • Ferry or Flight

    Getting to Saba requires you to either fly into one of the shortest commercial runways in the world or take a ferry across choppy, vomit-inducing waters. After taking the ferry, I have to believe flying is the better option. Although I didn't get sick, at least a half dozen other passengers did on both crossings.

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  • WinAir

    If you don't have much time to make your way over from St Maarten, or if you just want to say you landed on the shortest commercial runway in the world, you'll be flying WinAir. My experience was fine, but because of weight restrictions, weather concerns and just general small-airline snafus, alot of people arrived on Saba without their luggage....

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  • Saba Lace

    Saba lace is a unique needlecraft painstakingly created by the industrious women in Saba. Saba lace, also known as Spanish work has a special history . In the 1870's, Mary Gertrude Hassell Johnson was sent by her parents to study at a convent in Caracas, Venezuela. While she was there, the nuns taught Miss Hassell to create the intricate designs of...

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  • General supplies

    This is the only store in Saba where you can buy things. It is like a baby Sears. They have one of most things, one chair, one table, one package of markers, one blender, ect. Not very big or organized but if you need something. They also order anything you want from the States. Well anything from 5 guilders to.....

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Saba Local Customs

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    by kucha Written Jul 14, 2006

    Fewer than 25,000 tourists come to Saba, and those who do treat the island and her people with respect and admiration!

    Even though the island has modern facilities and technology, the attitude of the people is strongly conservative towards their nature, development and industry -- they truly love their beautiful island and expect the same from visitors!

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Saba Warnings and Dangers

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    Winair Landing

    by kucha Written Jul 14, 2006

    The airpot is perched on the edge of a mountain (as is also the case in other Caribbean islands) and the runway length is "efficient!"

    I'm sure there is no "real danger" but a warning is warranted for those who might need a drink or prescription prior to the flight in and out.

    Get ready to see the local fire truck greeting you as you arrive ... just in case!

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Saba What to Pack

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    by kucha Written Jul 13, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Saba is a natural paradise and therefore attracts nature enthusiasts. The variety of restaurants offer a great variety from local barbeques to gourmet--but dining is casual. If you want to sport that cute summer dress, you won't feel out of place but you'll also be equally comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt.

    The dive operators offer complete dive packages for rent, but I prefer to carry my own BC, regulator and dive computer.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: No worries about special medications; Saba neither has a mosquito problem nor 'no see ums' AND the water is great to drink.

    Photo Equipment: With new security measures in place, you should pack all film in your carry-on luggage, knowing that you will need to request 'hand check visual inspection' of the film at each security check point to avoid exposure to radiation by the x-ray machine. As x-ray exposure has an accumulative effect on your film, one pass through may not effect the film's integrity but after 3 or 4 passes, it will probably result in damaged film and unacceptable results. Another option is to purchase a lead bag from a specialized camera store to protect the film. Your film will be destroyed from the high level x-rays if you leave it in your checked baggage.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're planning to hike, I recommend sneakers rather than hiking boots for many of the trails--knobby hiking boot bottoms can actually be slippery on the steps of Mt. Scenery, The Ladder, etc. If you plan serious hiking, then yes, boots are in order. But, sneakers take up much less packing space!

    Miscellaneous: Saba is 110 voltage--like the U.S. so no special adapters required. European travelers should check with their hotel--most have 220/110v adapters.

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Saba Off The Beaten Path

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    The Ladder

    by kucha Written Jul 14, 2006

    Traveling in a westerly direction down the leeward coast brings you to that area referred to by Sabans as The Ladder. Perched precariously on a steep cliffside are the original steps used by islanders to access Saba. The original custom house remains. Prior to the building of the Fort Bay harbor, goods were brought to the island by landing long boats on the rocky shoreline with stout and hearty Sabans carrying the goods by foot up the nearly vertical stairway before reaching the road leading to the village of The Bottom. Volcanic lava flow has created a natural labyrinth of spur and groove formations. For anyone who doubts Saba’s volcanic origins, you can place your hands into the sulfur stained sand and feel the warmth of this now dormant volcanic island!

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Saba Sports & Outdoors

  • Hike Mt. Scenery

    Mount Scenery is a potentially active volcano in the Caribbean Netherlands. Its lava dome forms the summit of the Saba island stratovolcano. At an elevation of 877 m it is the highest point of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. If you are really feeling energetic, climb the 1,064 steps to the top of Mt Scenery. The summit offers excellent scenic...

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  • Some Great Diving

    Saba has pioneered marine protection, and is probably only behind Bonaire in terms of the quality of the protection their marine park provides. As a result, the fish are plentiful, the coral healthy, and the dive operators professional and educated about the benefits of protecting their beautiful reefs. I used SeaSaba, from what I could see the...

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  • Scuba

    Saba offers year-round diving with seasonal differences in water temperature and surface conditions. Winter months bring cooler water temperatures ranging from 77° to 80° Fahrenheit, whereas summer months yield a toasty 80° to 85 Fahrenheit. Nature itself insures a variety of different marine activities and aquatic visitors throughout the year. The...

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