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Saba Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

13 sq km (5 sq miles).

Population

2,000 (2013).

Population density

153.8 per sq km.

Capital

The Bottom.

Government

Under the direct administration of the Netherlands.

Head of state

King Willem-Alexander since 2013, represented locally by Governor Jonathan Johnson since 2008.

Head of government

Prime Minister Mark Rutte since 2010, represented locally by Kingdom Representative Wilbert Stolte since 2011.

Electricity

110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style plugs with two flat pins (an sometimes a third grounding pin) are used.

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.

Travel Advice

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.
Website: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

US Department of State
Website: http://travel.state.gov/travel

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