Saba Attractions

Saba offers vacationers a chance to experience something different in the Caribbean

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Even though it isn't one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist destinations, Saba has several great attractions for travelers to enjoy while visiting this quiet little island.

Saba is most known for its unspoiled natural habitats, which boast some of the most unique and thriving wildlife in the region. Besides its natural attractions, the island is also home to several landmarks that will allow vacationers to learn about the island's culture and history.

Beaches

Because the coasts of Saba are made of rocky ledges and cliffs, the selection of beaches on the island is limited. In the traditional sense, there are no true beaches on Saba. The small strip of dark sand at Well's Beach is as close as you'll get. Although you won't find expansive stretches of white sand here, you can explore the waters with a diving or snorkeling trip.

There are a decent selection of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Just click on the name of the beach for a detailed guide to that section of the coast.

Well's Bay Beach: On Saba's west coast, there is a path that leads beneath an imposing mountain range to a tiny strip of shoreline beneath them known as Well's Bay Beach. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the sea and a fantastic sunset view, especially if you hike up to a lookout point above the beach.

A second alternative worth considering is Cove Bay. You could walk from the airport to Cove Bay in 15 minutes. There are no parking facilities, you have to hike to get to this beach, but it will prove to be quite a lovely hike on this tiny, lush island.

Needless to say, the area has some other beaches to choose from on the island. You can read this page if you'd like to find additional information.

...you'll be shrouded in a swirling mist of clouds...

 

The main attraction on Saba is Mount Scenery, which was named for its lush giant ferns, brilliantly colored wild orchids, and wild flowers that flourish along the mountain's peaks. Get close to nature by hiking up the 1,064 steps chiseled into the windward side of the mountain. Don't forget to bring a jacket or sweater because once you reach about 2,700 feet, you'll be shrouded in a swirling mist of clouds, and the air will take on a chill. The mountain and its forests are home to an array of different wildlife, including rare species of birds like the bridled quail dove and the purple-throated humming bird, as well as various kinds of snakes, lizards, frogs, and many more tropical animals.

Nature Preserves and Hiking

Do you enjoy being out in the fresh air? You may be happy to learn the island has an interesting nature preserve on it.

Saba Marine Park is a great nature preserve found within southwestern Saba. One of the only self-sustaining marine parks in the world, the Saba National Marine Park, which was established in 1987, raises money entirely through visitors fees, donations, and souvenir sales. The Park surrounds the entire island, promoting conservation throughout all local waterways.

Nature Preserves and Hiking On Saba
Name Type Location Island
Saba Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 0.9 mi. South West of Central the Bottom Saba

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to go see some of the more interesting area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Saba are summarized in the chart below.

Land Formations On Saba
Name Type Location
Cove Bay Bay 1.1 mi. Northeast of Central Windward Side
Fort Bay Bay 0.8 mi. South of Central the Bottom
Gore Cut Bay Bay 0.9 mi. East of Central Windward Side
Great Love Bay Bay 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central the Bottom
Green Island Rock Formation 2.0 mi. Northeast of Central the Bottom
Ladder Bay Bay 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central the Bottom
Ladder Bay Bay 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central the Bottom
Tent Bay Bay 0.8 mi. South-Southwest of Central the Bottom
Tent Reef Reef 0.9 mi. South of Central the Bottom
Torren's Point Point 1.2 mi. North of Central the Bottom
Wells Bay Bay 1.0 mi. North of Central the Bottom

Despite the absence of beaches on Saba, this little natural haven still offers plenty to see and do on your Caribbean vacation.

 

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