Although cars are not the popular means of transportation on the tiny island of Saba, travelers who choose to drive on the island will need to prepare themselves for road and driving conditions that they are unfamiliar with.
Many travelers who visit Saba choose to make their way to the various sites on the island by taxi, foot, or hitchhiking. There are no international rental car agencies, but for travelers who wish to rent a car, there are several local firms.
There are ten miles of paved road on Saba, most of which is called simply The Road. Visitors must have a valid international driver's license in order to legally drive on the island. Driving in all of the Netherlands Antilles is on the right hand side of the road, and seat belts are recommended and required by law. Children under the age of 12 must ride the back seat of a vehicle. Children under the age of 4 should have a child safety seat. There is only one gas station on the island. Located in Fort Bay, it only remains open until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Whenever travelers are driving in a foreign country they should always practice defensive driving skills and stay alert while on the road. Roads on Saba can be quite thin and steep, and have turns that are unexpectedly and hazardously sharp. Drivers should take curves and turns with caution. Concrete walls may run along some parts of the road, but others may run along cliffs. Road surfaces in most of the Netherlands Antilles can become very slick during and after a rain, and drivers should exercise additional caution when driving in these conditions. Drivers should be cautious of driving in the evening, when lighting may be non-existent.
Although it is possible to rent a car on Saba, driving on the extinct volcanic island can be hazardous. Travelers who do make the decision to drive as their primary means of getting around should exercise the utmost caution when taking to the road.
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