Saba Island is the smallest of the Dutch Antilles. Her sisters are neighboring Statia and St Maarten and on the other side of the Caribbean Sea, Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire Island. The Capital of Saba is The Bottom, about 250 above sea level.
A former member of the Netherlands Antilles, now has a new political status. Like Bonaire and Statia, Saba has become a Public Entity within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
This new political status is similar to the one of a municipality in the Netherlands. In other words, Saba is now totally integrated in the Dutch Kingdom.
Aerial view of Dutch Island of Saba "The Rock"
The Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean
Saba Island is also known as “The Rock” and as “The Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean”.
The approximately 2,000 inhabitants are descendants of African and Welsh origin and live on the 4 towns located on the island.
Seen from far the island looks like a volcano rising from the ocean, which is crystal blue all around.
Its people are friendly and helpful. They are the descendants of the pioneers that arrive here from Europe in the 17th Century.
The island is a paradise above and below the ocean; the marine life that abounds on its coasts are idyllic.
For those travelers that are looking for a relaxed and secluded haven, this island is the place.
Imagine an island in the Caribbean that has not been spoiled by big cities, resorts and mass tourism.
Well's Bay Beach on the Island of Saba
Beaches of Saba
It is known that Saba, as opposed to other Caribbean Islands doesn’t have the best beaches.
Actually, there is one beautiful sandy beach on Saba. Located on Well’s Bay this beach is a stunning stripe of golden sand, fringed by a high and impressive rock wall. This beach is always empty and features no facilities. Please note that due to the tide this beach disappears at times and comes to life again.
Surrounded by mountains, Well's Bay is a beautiful spot for sightseeing. The small beach itself is often shaded entirely by the cliffs behind it, depending on the time of day.
Cove Bay Beach in the Island of Saba
It is the only permanent sandy beach in Saba Island. The sand was shipped from St Maarten and the bay itself is amazing. There is a flat natural pool separated from the ocean by rocks.
For snorkeling and diving, just go over the rocks into the emerald crystal clear waters of the bay.
The Marine Life around Saba Island is awe inspiring
To compensate for the lack of Beaches Saba offers some of the most amazing marine life in the Caribbean. Get into a boat, practice diving or snorkeling along its rocky coast. What you will see under the water will surprise you.
The Bottom is the picturesque Capital of Saba
All travel to the island must be through St Maarten's
Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). To this airport flights arrive
from Europe, North America, Puerto Rico and the rest of the Caribbean islands.
Certain Charter companies offer their services directly, especially during the
Idyllic Tide Pools abound on the island of Saba
I recommend renting a taxi, because I think you won’t want to drive. But if you are brave enough, then renting a car or a van, according to the size of your party would be a good idea. The younger and fit people can visit the island on bicycle or scooter.
Another way of visiting the island is hiking. You can stop in the small villages on your way to the top of the island on Mount Scenery at an altitude of 2,860 ft equivalent to 875 m.
If you do the climbing with an organized group or guide you will get a certificate stating that you climbed to the highest point in the Netherlands. On the way you can visit a small beautiful catholic church and the Willard of Saba Inn.
For more information visit Saba Tourism Website
Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Saba
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