The tiny island of Saba is a special municipality of the Netherlands. The island lies in the northern Leeward Islands portion of the West Indies, southeast of the Virgin Islands. It’s only 13 square kilometers but those kilometers are full of beauty that should not be missed. The island has not been touched by packaged tourism. In fact it only has one road, aptly named “the road”. The people are so friendly that you will feel right at home on Saba.
Things to see and do
- Hike. There are numerous well-maintained hiking trails to explore. Difficulty ranges from easy to strenuous, so there’s a trail for everyone to enjoy. Remember to wear sunblock and bring plenty of water.
- Dive. Saba is a world-famous diving destination. What’s more, the whole area around the island is a National Marine Park and is protected. Contact Sea Saba or Saba Divers for organized dives.
- Visit a museum. There are four small yet interesting museums on the island, most notably the Harry L. Johnson museum.
- Get artsy. For such a small island, there are many resident artists and craftspeople. Attend a jewelry making class or visit the Saba Lace Ladies Workshop.
- Relax. Although there are no beaches on Saba, there are plenty of places to relax. Try The Frangipani Spa at Queen’s Garden Resort. Or, sip a cocktail at the Tipsy Goat bar.
The weather is hot but cooled by trade winds. Higher elevations are cooler and rain is common.
There are no marinas on Saba Island. However, there are two designated anchorage zones within the Saba National Marine Park: one between Ladder Bay and Wells Bay (west side) and one in front of the Fort Bay Harbor (east side).