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Uncommon Envy: Still Spoiling for Saba

Uncommon Envy: Still Spoiling for Saba

Saba, seemingly, would rate as the perfect destination for me. I mean, you can’t get any more uncommon in the Caribbean than an island without any beaches (most of the time), right?

Saba’s remote location, tiny size (just five square miles), unique lace and spiced rum traditions, great hiking and scuba adventures, and rich history fill just about every one of my personal travel requirements perfectly. So, too, does its incredible natural beauty

Still, somehow, almost unbelievably, I’ve never even come close to stepping foot here.

Rectifying this as quickly as possible is, of course, right at the top of my travel to-do list. And, just between you and me, I think I might be able to get it done a lot sooner than later!

More on that (hopefully) another time. For now, though, if you’ve ever been to Saba and have any tips or suggestions on things I shouldn’t miss, please comment below or hit me up here.


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  • SherryBikesDC

    Steve – full disclosure: my husband and I own Flamboyant Cottage, a vacation rental cottage on Saba. We came to Saba in 2007 for the diving and returned (and bought the cottage in 2010) because of the people. The combination of warm and authentic friendliness, along with a deep knowledge of, and pride in, their history and traditions make the Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean a wonderful place to explore. We are enthusiastic supporters of Sea and Learn on Saba, a nonprofit that brings experts on various aspects of the environment, from geology to microbiology, to give talks and lead field courses during the month of October. Check it out at http://www.seandlearn.org and consider visiting then!

    • Joe Trocino

      Great to hear you are on Saba. I have been thinking about taking my geography students there in the summer of 2016, a year from now. What to collaborate? Message me.

      Prof. Joe, Univ. of Maryland, USA.

      • SherryBikesDC


        I’d be happy to point you to the right people and places that would meet your needs. One person you might want to reach out to is Jennifer Rahn, who is a professor of geography at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. She is on sabbatical and is on Saba to do research right now. Here’s her page on the Samford U. website: http://howard.samford.edu/geography/bio.aspx?id=2147485579


  • Travel2theCaribbean

    I am an admitted beach bum, and you know Saba has to be special to be on my top 5 list of Caribbean islands. Wells Bay is a sad excuse for a beach, but Saba has its own unique charm. I hitchhiked across the island, and met so many friendly people – hitchhiking is the norm by the way.

    The villages are charming, and the island is extremely clean – you won’t find litter anywhere. Definitely take the 1+ hour climb to Mt Scenery – the Elfin Forest is like stepping into another world! I’m not a diver, but friends ensure me the “Pinnacles” is one of the best diving spots in the region. Not a lot of nightlife except on Friday. I stayed at the Eco-Lodge, which is right in the rain forest, and would highly recommend. Kick back, relax and enjoy the scenery and people – great little island.