Rugged rocky promontories drop away into blue seas tipped white, the rough side of the lovely lush island of Saba. Red-roofed houses punctuate the green flanks of Saba's mountainous topography, nearly the same vibrant shade as the Bougainvillea and Pink Ginger that sprinkle the tropical foliage with color. While Saba's geology may have left the petit island short on big beaches, there are other attractions to merit paying the place a visit. Don't expect big resorts or crowds here ? this is definitely a retreat for those seeking solitude, beauty and outdoor attractions.
Divers can tank up with local operators to explore the nooks and crannies of Saba's underwater world. Find sea spiders, the flash of fish and bright corals as you submerge past pinnacles and down steep walls. The Saba National Marine Park encircling the island ensures that this area remains the sparkling sea world it is today. Once you've exhausted your air supply, try a bit of bouldering and rock climbing with the resident experts before heading into town for a dinner that rivals the spectacular scenery.
Until the 1940's, there was no road on Saba. A foot-travel friendly place even today, the roads on the island link the airport to the small towns, though 12 trails around the island are still lovingly maintained. Leading up and over some of the island's higher crags, a guide can help you make the most of your trek, and along the North Coast trail one is required.
If you're after a scenic interlude far from the madding crowd, Saba can provide sea breezes, solitude, seascapes and a true intimate island experience.
Saba is located 28 miles south of St. Maarten. With the island of Statia, these three make up the Windward Islands of the Dutch Caribbean.