Discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, the island has changed its nationality 12 times (Spanish, English, French!) before becoming Dutch in 1896, since then Saba has been part of the Dutch Antilles.
The residents are descendants of adventurers who came from Holland, Scotland and Great Britain, as well as slaves from Africa. They worked together to become fishermen, farmers (growing cotton, sugar cane, bananas and coffee), animal breeders and boat builders.
In the last century, the men began emigrating to the USA and the women discovered embroidery (we can still admire the delicacy of their work).
Since there are no beaches, the island�s tourism is primarily oriented around its natural resources. The luxuriant vegetation (sparse and arid on the coast transforming into a tropical forest as it rises) and the luxuriance underwater are internationally renowned. Saba is a paradise for hikers and divers!
Leaving the port by taxi there is a rough ascent, which takes you to the capitol, Bottom, with the quaint Old World charm of an authentic Dutch village. A point of interest are the medical university, hospital, catholic church are built in the Roman style, and the western style police station in which 3 cells are also rented as a bed and breakfast! The road snakes through the hills, crosses Winwardside, to arrive at Hells Gate where you will enjoy a magnificent view of the airport. You will also discover the medieval church and the craft house with its embroidery and lace.
Les belles �cases� de Saba
After a new stop at the foot of the volcano, the hikers can either begin the trek towards the volcano, or descend the path and the steps to Winwardside (about 20 min). The taxi can also take you to Winwardside. This village, where the Tourist office is located, is filled with lovely little white and red houses trimmed with gingerbread, and minuscule picturesque alleyways.
The road of Saba : Until the beginning of the 20th century, the only access to the village was a series of 800 steps and everything was transported manually by man . . .
By taking turns, the entire population participated in building a road by hand, stone by stone. It was completed after years of effort.
Hiking to the volcano
Culminating at 887meters, the ascension of Mont Scenery (whose last eruption dates back 5,000 years) is a beautiful hike surrounded by ferns and giant bamboo where you will pass several species of orchids and birds. . .
A path leading from Winwardside takes you to the summit (1,064 steps) in about one hour, where weather permitting, you will have an exceptional view of the neighboring islands of St. Martin, St. Barth, St Eustache, St Kitts and Nevis.
Certified divers can take advantage of this marine reserve (Saba Marine Park), well known for the diversity and extreme beauty below the sea the plant life, the marine life, turtles, grouper and barracudas. The Saba Deep Club can show you the best places (1 or 2 dives per day).
Queen�s garden (bottom) : the top! Lunch around the pool in a tropical garden� Rock lobster at a modest price.
Scout�s place or Tropic�s cafe (vegetarian): ideally located in Winwardside
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