Saba. The mountaintop island. Most of its landmass sits underwater. Its mere 5 square miles is sparsely populated. Indeed you can see the few humble abodes that reside on this island clinging to the mountainside. They are accessible only by a few winding roads.
Saba. An island-hopping destination from neighboring islands like Saint Martin. Visitors can go to Saba for day trips via ferry boat or flight or stay for a while in one of the island’s quaint inns. New to the tourism industry, Saba hosts about 25,000 visitors every year.
Saba. The Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean as she is so aptly named. Home to some of the best scuba diving in he Caribbean, Saba is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets even as it sits in plain view.
With a diverse population and just under 2000 residents, Saba is the island’s melting pot. The residents of this whimsical island come from all over the world. Dutch, Scottish, Irish, and African traditions permeate the area with a predominant amount of its residents hailing form that shared ancestry. Consequently, it is not uncommon to hear Dutch and English spoken fluently throughout the island.
Saba. Home of the Saba University School of Medicine where over 500 students are in residence.
Sometimes good things come in small packages.
The Saba Marine National Park circles the island and allows for diving up to 110 feet. It also boasts a snorkeler\'s trail, which is an area specifically designated for snorkelers to see the best of the underwater world.
If you are adventurous, climb the 1064 steps to the top of Mount Scenery, the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Eclectic bars and restaurants will be your entertainment when you stay on the island. Though it is close to Saint Martin, Saba does not engage in the hustle and bustle of its neighbor. After a day of lounging on the beach, snorkeling or diving the clear waters, and enjoying a wonderful meal, you’ll see why the islanders prefer relaxation to round the clock activity.
Saba. Your home away from home. Come see what the world is like at a slower pace. Let your gait slow, your mind relax, and your body unwind in this veritable paradise. You’ll be happy you tried this more relaxed approach to vacationing. Saba – the quintessential island paradise will earn a place in your heart forever.
Size: 5 square miles
Language: Dutch, English
Currency: United States dollar (US$)
Main City: The Bottom
Main Airport: Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport
Telephone Country Code: 284
Local Beer: variety
National Dish: Goat Meat with peas and rice.
Entry Visa: All visitors to Saba need to have a valid passport that is valid for 6 months after your trip and an onward or return ticket. Visas are not required for residents of North America, Australia and most European Union countries.
When To Go: The weather in Saba is mild all year round. The temperature ranges averages 80°F in summer but can dip to 63°F in winter. The island benefits from the trade winds that bring a breeze that can render the island cool in the evenings. August through October is the island’s rainy season and hurricanes. The dry season is from December through July.
Marriage Requirements: Couples wishing to getting married in Saba will need to send a letter requesting permission addressed to the Lt. Governor of Saba. It should be sent in advance in order to secure a date and obtain all of the necessary information.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
• birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
• certificates of no impediment or single status report no older than 6 months
Also if applicable:
• divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
Note: The documents should be presented 3 weeks before notification of marriage.
Witnesses: Two witnesses must be present at the ceremony. When applying for the marriage license, you will need to submit a copy of their passports.