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SABA - HOW TO GET TO SABA

Imagine an island in the Caribbean untrampled by time. Imagine unspoiled landscapes that make you feel like an early explorer, and friendly English speaking people who make you feel at home. All this is Saba.

The island of Saba is a fine example of ecotourism in action. Tourism is relatively new to Saba, considering the airport opened in 1963, and the pier was completed in 1972. Being so small and so remote, few travelers visited before the 70's. Those who did were themselves well-traveled and found Saba to be a truly unspoiled paradise. Locals were filled with pride as these visitors marveled at Saba's unique beauty.

Yearly less than 25,000 tourists come to Saba, and those who do treat the island and her people with respect and admiration. Even though the island has modern facilities and technology, their attitude is strongly conservative towards their nature, development and industry. They love their island as much as you will.

 

SABA - THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Language:
Everyone speaks English, although Dutch is the official language.

Documentation for Entry:
All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air to Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean will be required to present a valid passport to re-enter the country. A valid driver's license will no longer suffice for re-entry documentation.

Weather:
Daytime temperature on Saba averages 80F., give or take a few degrees. Easterly trade winds and the mountain create ever changing cloud movements. Winter evenings often require a light sweater. Temperatures will always be cooler on the top of Mt. Scenery.

Customs and Immigration:
Saba is a free port, there are no customs. A valid passport, birth certificate or voter's registration is needed to enter as well as a return or ongoing ticket.

Visa Requirements
Residents of the following countries will need a visa to enter the Netherlands Antilles:

Albania, Bulgaria, Republic of China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Countries of former Yugoslavia; except Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Former republic of Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Kampuchea, North Korea, Rumania, Countries of former Soviet Union; Armenia, Azerbaijan, White Russia, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, The Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, Libya

Banking:
The official currency is the NAfl (guilder) exchanged at about. Travellers cheques and US dollars, as well as major credit cards, are widely accepted. Two branch banks are open on Saba.

Netherlands Antilles Florin: 1 NAf. = 100 cents

Netherlands Antilles Florin - currency of Saba

Netherlands Antilles Florin - currency of Saba

The circulation of bank-notes is the responsibility of the Bank van de Nederlandse Antillen. The law grants the Bank the exclusive right to issue bank-notes.
The Bank van de Nederlandse Antillen 1998 bank-note series is largely based on the well-received 'bird' series, which was brought into circulation in 1986.

The Antillean bank-note series consists of the NAf. 10 (hummingbird), NAf. 25 (flamingo), NAf. 50 (refous-collared sparrow) and NAf. 100 guilder (bananaquit) bills. The colors of the bank-notes have been carefully chosen to ensure a clear difference between denominations. Circulating coins are issued in denominations of 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, NAf. 1 and NAf. 5.

Source: Bank van de Nederlandse Antillen

Government:
Daily concerns are overseen by an appointed Governor and two elected commissioners.

Pet Regulations:
Animals are admitted temporarily to the island with the following papers: a health certificate dated no more than 10 days before visit and a record of inoculations, including rabies shot administered no more than 30 days prior to the visit.

Language:
Everyone speaks English, although Dutch is the official language.

Time Zone:
Saba is on Atlantic Standard Time year round. During day light savings time, noon in New York City translates to 1 p.m. on Saba. During spring and summer time, the hour is the same on the Eastern Seaboard as it is on the island.

What to Pack:
Dress Casual. Formal clothes are never required on Saba. Summer sportswear is appropriate for daytime activities all year round.

Bring a jacket. The mountains create a temperate climate. In the evenings the air may cool to the mid 60s; with the trade winds you may actually need a light sweater or jacket.

Bring your hiking boots. Before "the road" was built, the only way to get from one village to the next was on foot or by donkey. 

The island terrain is laced with steep trails and thousands of stone steps linking villages and homes. If you are not into hiking, there are plenty of taxies.

Bring the necessary exposure suit. According to Travel & Sports Masterguide, diving is excellent on Saba all year round. In the summertime visibility is at 75 to 100 feet with a water temperature of around 86F. In the winter months, visibility increases to 125+ feet, but the water temperature drops to around 75F.

Bring extra money. The florin or guilder is the official currency, but US dollars are accepted everywhere. Traveler's checks and cash are preferred, but Visa and MasterCard are accepted.

Shopping tips Saba Spice is a local liquor made on the island that you must sample. Stop in and view watercolors and prints from local artists, intricate handmade lace, as well as the usual fare of T-shirts and postcards.

Rental packages are available. Buoyancy Control Devices, computers, regulators and 1/8" wetsuits will be available upon request for the week, at an extra charge.

Air service from St. Maarten is available via Winair (Windward Islands Airways):

Winair makes five or more flights using a DHC-6 Twin-Otter prop plane each day to Saba to Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport from St. Maarten (SXM) Princess Juliana Airport. Inter-island flights can be arranged, some are scheduled weekly. The airport departure tax is $5.00 to Windward Islands, $20.00 per person elsewhere. Reservations may be made by contacting the airline at:

Windward Islands Airways
c/o Winair Tour Desk
Telephone: 800 634-4907 or local telephone reservations: 011-599-5-454237
Telephone: 011-599-5452568 - Main Office
Telephone: 203 261-8603
Fax: 203 261-8295

Ferry service from St. Maarten is available via Dawn II and The Edge:

Dawn II: Travels between Fort Bay, Saba and Dock Maarten in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten three times a week: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from Saba at 6:30 am and from Dock Maarten at 5:00 pm. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. This means of transportation allows the traveler to spend an extra night in Saba.

Features a fully air conditioned cabin with 22 luxury seats and 400 cubic foot built in freezer. Private Charters to neighboring islands available. Schedule and pricing subject to change please contact Saba C-Transport, N.V. for reservations and information.

Tel: 599-416-3671
Email: info@sabactransport.com
Email: reservations@sabactransport.com

The Edge: (Wednesday through Sunday). Travels to Saba from Sint Maarten (from Simpson Bay/Pelican Marina) on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays, departing Sint Maarten at 9:00 a.m. for the 1 hour trip and returns from Saba, departing Fort Bay harbor at 3:45 p.m., arriving back on Sint Maarten at 5:00 p.m. This means of transportation is good for travelers who overnight on Sint Maarten.

The rate is $60 roundtrip for adults and $30.00 for a child. One way trips are available for Adults $40 and children $20. Check in is at 8:25 a.m. on SXM and departs sharp at 9 a.m. Charters are also available for private groups. Capacity is 62 passengers.

Tel: 599-544-2640
Fax:599-544-2476
Email: aquamania@sintmaarten.net


Saba | View of Airport

Photo Copyright R. Geerling

 

1. 'SABA - HOW TO GET THERE' Content Copyright 2003 Saba Tourist Bureau
2. Source: Saba Tourism.

 
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