It is important to consider what you want from your tropical island getaway when choosing your Caribbean destination. You could be be in for an unpleasant surprise if you arrive at your destination expecting one thing and finding another.
If you're looking to bask on white sand beaches, then Saba isn't the place for you. The island, which consists of the top of an extinct volcano, has almost no flat land and no beaches. But this unique Dutch Caribbean island has much to offer.
Saba remains relatively untouched by the ever-spreading tourism industry in the Caribbean. Most travelers who visit Saba, called the "Unspoiled Queen" due to its relative lack of outside influence, seek a tranquil island hideaway full of untouched natural beauty. Travelers who are expecting a flamboyant and festive atmosphere or exciting night life will surely be disappointed by small and sleepy Saba. On the other hand, vacationers looking to escape the rat race will find that this little island is the perfect place to break away from the troubles of today's hectic world.
Despite its small size, Saba does have several different regions, and each will give travelers a different kind of experience. All areas of the island are peaceful and charming, but vacationers will find that the varied areas have appeals all their own.
Deciding where to stay on the island will depend on several different factors, such as your activity level and what you want to do on vacation. Whether you're seeking natural adventure by climbing the 1,064 stairs that lead up Saba's cliff side, or are more interested in learning about the island's plant life, researching the island and its regions will give you a better idea of what areas will best suit your vacationing needs.
Information on Saba's attractions and natural sites can be found on some Web sites and in travel guidebooks. Saba may be small, but vacationers should still consider where to stay on the island.
The best way to reach Saba is by plane, but there are no direct flights to the island; you must take a 15-minute connecting flight from St. Maarten or catch the ferry, which takes about one hour to reach Saba.
When planning your activities, consider the style of vacation that most appeals to you. You may want to experience more of the natural aspects of the island or be involved in some of the cultural activities that Saba has to offer. Saba is known for its beautiful marine environment and underwater activities like scuba diving and snorkeling.
Vacationers may also want to consider the needs and wants of their travel companions. You may be interested in exploring the coral reefs that surround the island, but your travel companions may want to trek up the slopes of the island's cliffs. Be sure to talk over your activity plans with your travel party to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
Saba is a beautiful and tranquil island full of undisturbed natural beauty and a unique culture. Consider what you want from your tropical vacation, plan accordingly, and this island paradise is sure to meet all of your expectations.
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