The island of Saba is located in the Caribbean in the immediate vicinity of
St. Martin. The island has been a "special community" (bijzondere gemeente) of
the Netherlands in the eastern Caribbean since October 10, 2010.
Saba or the "unspoiled queen", as it is also known, consists mainly of an
extinct volcano, the Mt. Scenery. The island is part of the Netherlands Antilles
and probably one of the most unknown Caribbean islands. Due to the lack of
beaches and thus a rather underdeveloped tourist industry, Saba has managed to
maintain its original image.
The island is inhabited by the descendants of settlers from different countries
of the world, as despite its unspectacular size it was colonized by the English,
French and Dutch over the centuries, as well as the descendants of African
The coasts are rough and the interior of the island is covered with tropical
vegetation. Saba is famous for its national marine park with 30 diving sites.
|Name of the island
|Form of government
||Special municipality (bijzondere gemeente) of the Netherlands
|| The island is located in the Caribbean and belongs to the Lesser Antilles.
It is about 35 km from Sint Maarten
|| Saba, you rise from the ocean
||58% Roman Catholic, 14% Protestant, 22% belong to other religious communities - such as Islam, Judaism and the seven days of Adventists
||Dutch, English and Papiamentu
||Mount Scenery with a height of 877m
(it is the highest mountain in the Netherlands)
|| As of January 1, 2011, US dollars
||Saba Tourist Office
PO Box 527
Tel.: + 599- 416-2231/2322
Fax: + 599- 416-2350
Email: [email protected]
|Time difference to CET
||- 5 h
|International phone code
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
Saba: cities and sights
The capital of the island is inhabited by about 400 residents and is
not "on the ground" but at an altitude of 250 m.
This is where the government and administration of Saba sit. Most of the
buildings are in the typical Saba style, flat white wooden houses with some a
chimney and red roofs, plus the Saba University School of Medicine.
Fort Bay is the main port for cargo ships and ferries and the only
petrol station on the island.
In the city center of the small town there are beautiful, typical
island cottages, many of which are still in their original condition.
Most of the hotels and restaurants can be found in Windwardside.
Some sights on Saba
Sacred Heart Church in The Bottom
In The Bottom is the Sacred Heart Church with original wall paintings
by local artist Heelen Cornet
Saba Artisan Foundation in The Bottom
The Saba Artisan Foundation, which sells the famous Saba lace and other
handicrafts, is located in The Bottom.
Major Osmar Ralph
Simmons Museum in The Bottom
The Major Osmar Ralph Simmons Museum in The Bottom exhibits everyday
objects from the island's history.
Harry L. Johnson
Museum in Windwardside
The Harry L. Johnson Museum houses artifacts from the pre-Columbian era
in a 160 year old cottage. The island's history is also brought closer to the
visitor through magazine articles, historical household items and letters from
residents from the 18th century. A particular pride of the museum is a letter
from George Bush Sr. thanking a Mr. and Mrs. Steward for their support in the
first Gulf War.
Due to the rocky subsoil and the steep slopes, building a road was long
considered impossible. But Josephus Lambert Hassell began - despite all the
concerns of various engineers - building a road in 1938.
After five years, the first section - from Fort Bay to The Botton - was
completed. And in 1951 the Windwardside to St. Johns road opened.
Driving this road takes a lot of skill - so the corners at Windwardside are not
easy to negotiate.
Here you can still find the remains of the first settlement on the
island, founded in 1640 by immigrants from Europe.
Steps to Ladder Bay From The Bottom,
800 steps carved into the rock lead to Ladder Bay. Until the second half of the
20th century, these stairs were the only way to enter the island. All incoming
and outgoing goods also had to be transported this way.
Saba National Marine Park and Saba Bank
Just off the coast of Saba lies this dramatic underwater world with
shallows, steep slopes and numerous coral reefs. In 1987 the Marine Park was
established, which created regulations for the use, conservation and strict
guidelines. The result is limited dives to keep the coral reef undamaged. Sabas
Marine Park has received numerous awards.
The Saba Bank has one of the most diverse marine underwater worlds in the
Caribbean. An expedition in 2006 found more than 200 different species of fish,
including two previously unknown species.
The ascent of the volcano is probably the most popular hiking route on
the island. The path leads from Windwardside over 1,064 concrete steps to the
summit. The volcano is covered in rainforest with huge elephant ear ferns,
mountain palms and mahogany trees.