The hurricanes have left their mark, but beauty is returning. Commercial travel has resumed and Saba is again waiting to fill your days with beauty and serenity. Come experience why Saba is one of the happiest places on earth.
Day 1: There is no better introduction to Saba than arriving via WinAir. The sheer cliffs and lush greenery are mesmerizing from the window of the 19 passenger De Havilland plane. After landing on the shortest commercial runway in the world, you will need taxi from the airport to your hotel/airbnb accommodations. If you are looking for more of a Honeymoon experience, then Queens Gardens Resort and Spa is your best bet. Nestled in the hills with gorgeous views, they have suites with private jacuzzis, a beautiful restaurant (whether you stay here or not, stop by for the best Pina colada in the world), and a delightful array of vacation packages featuring various culinary, spa, diving, and hiking experiences. I believe that Juliana’s Hotel will offer a more authentic Saban experience. Their private, historic Saban cottages give you the chance to live like a local, much like an Airbnb, but with the added luxuries of included breakfast from their Tropics Cafe, and a nice pool with a lovely view. They can also make diving arrangements for you if you like. Centrally located in Windwardside, more activities are available within walking distance. My choice for breakfast would be the Saban French Toast, utilizing a local secret spirit “Saba Spice” in the syrup, paired with Rum Punch. After breakfast I would walk to Lambee’s Place and check out the Trailhead Shop as well as one of my favorite shops on Saba, Kakona Keepsakes, which features the work of local artists and artisans ranging from woodworking and Indian Kunamola art, to volcanic sand jewelry and organic, locally sourced bath and body products. Be sure to pick up some Saban Tropical tea and Bug Off! ointment made by Saban Rock Living. You will need it for whatever hiking you choose. Mount Scenery is probably the most “famous” hike, but be advised it is strenuous and long. The views of Windwardside and the fabled Cloud Forest are well worth the physical expense. After a hike, I would mosy on over to Bizzy B Bakery for a cappucino and pastry (the jelly filled donuts are delicious!). Grab a loaf of bread for your kitchen as well. Walk across the road to the Five Square Art Gallery and pick up a gorgeous watercolor by local artist Heleen Cornett, and then swing by the Henry Johnson Museum on the way home and enjoy an informative tour. My recommendation for dinner is a local favorite, The Hideaway, located in the heart of Windwardside, sharing the same plaza as Bizzy B. They serve up generous portions at generous prices and offer unique dishes such as Curried Conch and local caught Lion-fish.
Day 2: Depending on when you schedule your vacation, Saba’s only “real” beach, Well’s Bay, should be on your itinerary. The volcanic sand overlooked by steep pirate cliffs offers a unique sunbathing experience. Bring your mask and fins as there is world class snorkeling just off the coast. You will need to take a taxi, or hitchhike as is custom here, to The Bottom. If Well’s Bay is not an option, take a taxi to Lower Hell’s Gate, to check out the Tide Pools just to the left of Cove Bay, a protected man-made “beach”. If there is not too much seaweed, cool off after your 30 minute hike and take in the gorgeous scenery. If you have kids, there is a playground adjacent to Cove Bay as well as picnic tables if you want to pack a lunch. Head back to your hotel to swim and/or shower. I recommend scheduling an afternoon massage with Jael Spronk of Saba Beauty and Health, and making reservations for dinner at Chez Bubba Bistro, located just above Lambee’s Place. Their menu changes often, but if the baked brie, or the pork medallions are on the menu, order both. I also recommend chef Simon’s gluten free chocolate cake with homemade sorbet. So good! Be advised, payment is cash only. Be sure to tour their wine room, Bubba’s Bottles, and sample some of the exquisite wines they have available.
Day 3: If you are scuba certified, schedule a dive with Saba Divers. Saba boasts some of the clearest waters and cleanest coral reefs in the world. Otherwise book a snorkeling excursion with Sea Saba. They lead daily trips at 1:30pm from the harbor at Fort Bay. For lunch, visit Island Flavor, this is the closest “farm to table” culinary experience on island. Their homemade mint lemonade is delicious, as is their fish sandwich. They also have a small menu of cold pressed juices, my favorite is the Morning Boost, a blend of carrots, apples, celery, and ginger. Right next door is the Saba Artisan Foundation featuring local artists, authors, musicians, and other goods for purchase. They do their own screen printing and design, so be sure to buy one of their handmade shirts or purses. Continue on down the road to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a beautiful stone structure featuring a gorgeous watercolor mural in the cupola by Heleen Cornett. Hitch a ride back to your hotel or, depending on the time, straight to dinner. If you are a pizza fan, head to Long Haul Grill for the best pizza on the island.
So what are you waiting on? Book your flights today and prepare to be romanced by an unparalleled Caribbean experience. Saba is ready for you!