Saba travel guide
Saba sits majestically at the peak of a submerged extinct volcano. As such, the island abounds with stunning vistas of dramatic cliff faces and spectacular rocky shorelines. With only one road (‘The Road’) and a population of less than 1,500, Saba is the most unspoilt island of the former Netherlands Antilles, and the superb preservation of the island’s unique ecosystem has earned it the nickname of ‘The Unspoiled Queen’.
In fact, until 50 years ago, Saba was a secluded oasis, having neither an airport nor a sheltered harbour. There are four villages, which until recently were only connected by thousands of steps cut into the rock. A road now links the airport with the island’s capital, The Bottom. The Bottom is situated 250m (820ft) above the ocean on a plateau surrounded by volcanic domes.
Saba, a special municipality of The Netherlands, was a member of the Netherland Antilles until it was dissolved on 10 October 2010.
13 sq km (5 sq miles).
1947 (CBS estimate 2016).
153.8 per sq km.
Under the direct administration of the Netherlands.
King Willem-Alexander since 2013, represented locally by Governor Jonathan Johnson since 2008.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte since 2010, represented locally by Kingdom Representative Gilbert Isabella since 2014.
110 volts AC, 60Hz. North American-style plugs with two flat pins (and sometimes a third grounding pin) are used.
Most visits to Saba are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Be aware that the islands of the Dutch Caribbean are sometimes used as a drug passageway from South America to Europe and North America. Never leave bags unattended nor agree to carry a package for anyone.
Officially, tourists may enter for only 14 days but extensions are easily available.
This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: 020 7008 1500.
US Department of State