Here are a few things you should know about Saba to help you enjoy your vacation!
Important Note: As of January 23, 2007, 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.
If you are planning on traveling out of the country next year, we recommend applying for a new passport, or checking your current passport to ensure it is still valid. It can take up to six weeks to process a new one, so plan ahead. For more information please visit the U.S. State Department web site at:
Click on a link to find out more about a specific topic on Saba.
Written and composed by Christina Maria Jeurissen a.k.a. Sister Waltruda of the order of Dominican nuns in the year 1960.
Saba, you rise from the ocean,
With Mountain and hillside so steep,
How can we reach you to greet you,
Isle of the sea, rough and deep.
Come, let us look at the rowers
with faces so placid and calm,
Guide us now safe through the breakers,
take us ashore without harm.
Saba, Oh Jewel most precious,
In the Caribbean sea.
Mem'ries will stay of thy beauty,
Though we may roam far from thee.
Saba, oh pearl of the ocean,
Friendly and lovely, though small,
Do not forget to be grateful,
To God the creator of all.
He in his goodness will guide you
and bless you in every part,
Making you always most precious
Saba, so dear to my heart.
Saba, Oh jewel most precious,
In the Caribbean Sea.
Mem'ries will stay of thy beauty,
Though we may roam far from thee.
Arts & Crafts
What better way to remember your trip to Saba than with a piece of Caribbean art? The Peanut Gallery, owned by Judy & Jim Stewart, carries a variety of works by artists from Saba and a number of other Caribbean islands. Framed paintings by Robert Lynn, Barbara Joyce, Sara Muender, Mark Dykstra, Heleen Cornet (website: www.heleencornet.com), Lucia Trifan, Aaron Soares (website: www.soaresart.com) and many others cover the walls of this brightly colored shop, located in the Lambee Plaza in Windwardside. More>>
KunaMola - a working studio and art gallery that boasts a small museum rated collection of Kuna Indian handwork. KunaMola also offers workshops.
The official currency is the US dollar. Travellers cheques as well as major credit cards, are
widely accepted. Two branch banks are open on Saba.
Opening Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Bottom, Saba
Opening Hours 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Carnival & Saba Summer Festival
A new business opened on Saba: MySabike - Bicycle Rentals and Sales
Summer Festival 2010 : July 23 - August 1. Check out the official schedule.
Chamber of Commerce & Industry St. Eustatius & Saba
Opening hours: 9am - 1pm every weekday.
Tel: 318 3332
Anglican Churches of Saba
Click here for an outline history of Anglican Churches on Saba and service times.
Saba Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses
Kingdom Hall (Windwardside)
Tel: + 599-526-2975
Public Discourse/Watchtower Study: Sunday @ 11:30 a.m.
Congregation Bible Study/TMS/Service Meeting: Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
Additional Contact Person: Essie deVries (599) 416-3216
|Holy Rosary Church||Roman Catholic||Hell's Gate|
|Holy Trinity Church
| Church of St. Paul's Conversion||
Roman Catholic|| Windwardside|
Christ Church|| Anglican (18c)||The
| Sacred Heart Church||Roman
Catholic (1877)|| The Bottom|
Wesleyan Holiness Church, The Bottom
Click here for a brief history of The Wesleyan Holiness Church and service times.
Thye church is located in The Bottom next to the Hon. Henry Every Old Age Home. Telephone number is 011-599-416-3226
Catholic Churches in Saba
Schedule of Masses
St. Joseph's Chapel, St. John's
Holy Mass celebrated every day at 7.30a.m. including Sundays.
Retired Priest: Fr.Jansen
St. Paul Conversion Church, Windwardside
Sunday..........10.30a.m. Parish Priest... Fr. Dan Pastor
Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, Zion's Hill
Sunday.....7.30a.m. Parish Priest... Fr. Dan Pastor
Sacred Heart Church, The Bottom
Sunday... 9.00a.m. Parish Priest.... Fr. Dan Pastor
Each First Friday there is a Holy Hour Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Holy Mass at the different villages to pray for protection for the Hurricane Season.This is rotated each week.
Living Water Community has a weekly Prayer Meeting at 7.00p.m (rosary at 6.30p.m)
1st Monday.... Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, Zion's Hill
2nd, 4th and 5th Mondays .... Sacred Heart Church, The Bottom
3rd Monday.... St. Paul Conversion church, Windwardside
Living Water Community is a lay, Catholic, Charismatic Community, which
has been doing missionary work on Saba since 1988. The community teaches
religion at the elementary school and is responsible for preparing
children to receive the sacraments of Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Members of the community reach out to the sick at home or in the hospital
and to the elderly in Home for the aged. There are weekly prayer meetings
for children, teens and adults. Living Water produces a devotional radio
station 93.9 fm. One of the community's three members household travels to
neighboring St Eustatius each week for three days of ministry there. The
community's 24 members participate in its activities and some are involved
in its outreach.
Living Water Community can be contacted at their home in the Bottom Saba
or by phone/fax 416-3358 Saba 318-2204 St Eustatius
Coat of Arms
On top of the shield is wedrego (this is an indigeneous bird on Saba, of which the Latin name is Puffinus Iherminieri, English: Audubon's Shearwater). This wedrego is represented as the national Saban bird. It is surrounded by secrecy and lonelyness, which lives off the sea and enjoys its plenty, but also endures its difficulties. Just like the Sabans the bird meets an unsecure future, but does so in beauty, hope, forve and and determination. The bird is flanked by pieces of the famous Saban cabbage, which has in important place between our foodcrops. Our unique and unsurpassed island of legendary beauty occupies the center of the shield. It is surrounded by the emblems of its greatness, like the ships sailing the seven oceans, the fishery, the agriculture, especially the famous white potato, and its unsurpassed climate.
The whole shield represents the beauty, sufferings, sturdiness and the friendship and tolerance of this unusual people blessed by God. The device is: REMIS VELISQUE, literally: "with (rowing)oars and sails", figuartive: "with all one's might". The image in the booklet shows a white (silver) shield, with a green, apparently emerging from the sea, mountain, before which a white (silver) cloud hangs. The fish (or fishes) in the heraldically right corner are apparently colored gold; the ship in the hearldically left corner has a red hull, the rest is uncolored and the "famous white potato"in the bottom of the shield is represented in gold. Top
Latitude - 63.13 West : Longitude - 17.38 North. Top
Courtesy & Dress
Casual sportswear is appropriate dress anytime on Saba.
Bathing suits are not appropriate within the villages. A light wrap may be needed
in the evenings in the wintertime. Top
Culture and History
Because of Saba's precipitous terrain, settling was difficult and left for the hardy
and the adventurous. Having been under English, French, Spanish and Dutch rule for many
years, peace came with the Dutch Crown in 1816. The cultures of the variety of settlers
are now uniquely blended into a hard-working people. Their history of farming, fishing
and seamanship account for their keen knowledge of their nature. Many locals are well
travelled and well educated; conversations are easy and interesting. The Saba museums house many artifacts and photographs which tell the stories of settling this remote
island with its dramatic landscape.
Customs and Immigration
passport, birth certificate or voter's registration is needed to enter as well as
a return or ongoing ticket. For more information on immigration visit the Immigration Office of Saba at Immigration.sabagovernment.com. Top
Deep Sea Fishing Charter
Book a Deep Sea Fishing Charter
with Captain Ryan Hassell
Click here for information on how to obtain an Antillean Driver's License Immigration. Top
US Standard, 110 volts. Top
The colors are red, white, blue and gold (=yellow). The top is divided into two equal red triangles, the bottom is divided into two equal blue triangles. In flagcenter is a wjite diamond with a golden (=yellow) five-pointed star in the center. The star represents Saba. The gold/yellow color signifies that Saba is a precious possession and dear to the heart of all Sabans.
The gold/yellow symbolizes too the wealth of natural beauty to be found on Saba. It also means hope of a happy future for Saba. The colors red, white and blue represent the historical and political ties between the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles. White symbolizes too peace, friedship, purity and rest. Red symbolizes unity, courage and decisiveness. Blue stands for the sea, which plays such an important part for the people of Saba. It symbolizes too heaven, which reminds us of the Allmighty God, who created this island. Top
Good Friday, Easter, Easter Monday, Queen's Birthday (April 30),
Labor Day, Ascension Day,
Christmas, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Saba Day (Dec 1st week). Top
Everyone speaks English, although Dutch is the official language. Top
Approximately two weeks either way when marked AIRMAIL. Other mail/courier services:Federal Express
Phone number: 416-2493
Phone number: 416-2221
US Postal Box
Phone Number: 416-2881
website: icssaba.com Top
Hospital: A.M. Edwards Medical Center
Telephone: 599-416-3239 / 416-3288 / 416-3289
One Resident Doctor and Registered Nurses
oversee this medical facility.
SABA University School of Medicine
Telephone: 599-416-3456 Toll-free: 800-825-7754 (U.S.)
The Saba University School of Medicine was chartered in
It provides students from the U.S.A. and abroad an
opportunity to acquire
a medical degree and fulfill their ambition of becoming a
physician. Applications are invited from all qualified
students with a sincere desire to practice medicine. All
courses are taught in English by an experienced M.D./Ph.D.
faculty whose only responsibility is medical education.
For more information, contact:
Saba University School of Medicine
P.O. Box 1000
The Bottom, SABA
Telephone direct dial from U.S.: 011-5994-63456
U.S. Toll Free: 800-825-7754 Top
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 innoculations, including rabies shot administered no more than 30 days
prior to the visit. Top
Photo & Video
Liquidvisions Photo & Video
On Facebook Liquidvisions Photo & Video
– Underwater camera rentals, sales and accessories
– Underwater photo and video shoots
–; Weddings and general photography
Photography - Aaron Soares
1,500 people. Top
Restaurants and Night Life
Each village has several small and individually unique restaurants. Most of them offer
outdoor dining as well as a friendly bar. You'll want to sample them all though,
because there is a wide variety to choose from, American, European, Chinese, Italian,
and that delicious blend of Indonesian and West Indian Creole. Each restaurant becomes
a gathering place for conversation anytime, day or night. Weekends will always find an
"island-wide party", that means everyone is invited. It may also be disco music, steel
band drums at poolside, or a barbeque at the bay under the stars. Click here for a full list of restaurants on Saba. Top
Saba lace is a unique needlecraft painstakingly created by the industrious women in Saba.
Saba lace, also known as Spanish work has a special history . In the 1870's, Mary Gertrude Hassell Johnson was sent by her parents to study at a convent in Caracas, Venezuela. While she was there, the nuns taught Miss Hassell to create the intricate designs of this needlecraft. Miss Hassell brought the craft back to Saba and in 1884, when regular mail service first connected the island to the outside world, the wives and daughters of Saba's seafaring men turned the craft into a mail-order cottage industry.
How the Saba women marketed their needlework demonstrates their ingenuity. As boxes of merchandise were sent from the United States to Saba, the ladies would copy the addresses of the American companies and then write them a letter explaining their work and the prices. Often a sympathetic person receiving the letter would post it on the company bulletin board and ultimately the lace makers would receive orders for their work. By 1928, the Sabans were exporting almost $15,000 worth of needlework annually!
Now, more than a century later, the skill learned by a young Saban girl, still provides a means of support for many families on the island. Blouses, dresses, tablecloths an napkins are only a few of the pieces the Saban women create in a variety of colors.
Saba Lace is just one example of the unique beauty that is Saba. We hope you enjoy owning and using your piece of this special needlework.
Saba Lace is available at the following outlets:
The Saba Lace Boutique
This boutique, situated behind the Roman Catholic Church in Hell's Gate, has the largest selection of lacework.
Opening Hours : 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Helen's Notions & Fabrics
Opening Hours : 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Opening Hours : 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saba Lace Work
Saba Lace creations from sisters Debby and Peggy Barnes.
Sacred Heart Primary School - an English language primary school, Kindergarten 1 (4yrs) through 6th grade.
Innovations Bureau Saba
The Saba Comprehensive School
SABA University School of Medicine Top
Enter into any of the shops within the villages and you'll be invited into conversation. You'll find beautiful, delicate linen items with hand-drawn threadwork designs. Artists find Saba a perfect inspiration for their work. many watercolours, photographs, jewelry and books are displayed in two art galleries.
While in Windwardside, ask your driver to drop you off at the Windwardside parking lot. Then stroll the main drag through Windwardside's mini-mall. Its here you'll find take-home souvenirs, tasty boutiques, dive shops, the tourist office, an art gallery, two restaurant/bars, a supermarket and a bank. Just a turn will take you to the post office and yet another bank as well as another dive shop-hotel-restaurant-bar. The Mini Mall is where you'll pick up charming remembrances of the beauty of Saba. Shop in !!!!!! Top
Delicious homemade Saba Spice, the sweet rum-based liquor, is made from the local spices in the kitchens of many Saban ladies. Ask for a sample.
Two silk-screen operations keep the island supplied with a variety of T-shirts and fabric. Colourful tropical designs on many interesting items and apparel are made on Saba, or a nearby island neighbour.
While in Saba stop by Jobean's Hot Glass Studio, the only flame-working studio in the Caribbean and see rods of brilliantly colored glass transformed into dancing fish, sea creatures, fanciful frogs and elegant jewlery. Buy a present, especially one for yourself and bring home a memory.
Plan to take a Glass Workshop and bring home glass jewelry that you have made yourself.
More interested in learning? One to four workshops are available.
You will have an introduction to glass, learn many techniques of bead making, experiment with buttons, Christmas tree ornaments and simple sculpture and fusing using elements that you have made on the torch.
Workshops can be arranged in advance by request with at least three students. For more information e-mail Jobean's at email@example.com or telephone 011-599-416-2490 or 2499.
For your general needs - kitchenware, food, beverages, shop at Big Rock Supermarket in Windwardside. Click here for more information. Top
Taxes and Tipping
The government room tax of 5% is automatically added to
your bill. A service charge of 10% or 15% will be added to your bill. For taxis and
guides, tip at your own discretion. Top
Modern taxis are readily available on Saba. Click here for taxi rates. Top
Hotels have direct dialling worldwide. Landsradio has phone booths
in The Bottom and Windwardside for calls anywhere in the world. Top
Saba is on Atlantic Standard Time year round. During day light savings
time, noon in New york equals 1 p.m. on the island. During spring and
summer time, the hour is the same on the Eastern Seaboard as it is on the
Click here for detailed Visa information tourist/business visits to the islands of the Netherlands Antilles.
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.
As part of our commitment to our environment, we have established the Saba
Conservation Foundation to preserve and manage our natural and cultural
heritage. The Foundation oversees the running of the famous Saba Marine Park. Top
Nature Trails & Walks
The Tourist Office, the Saba Conservation Foundation and many local supporters have
adequately marked and maintain trails for easy trekking. Some trails need a guide, all
the better to fully appreciate the botanical and historical parts of Saba. Everyone can
easily hike over and into Saba's rain forest, tidepools, historic ruins, and rich nature
wonderland. Even a walk along Saba's winding road will lead you to a magical view, and a
memorable vacation. Top
Daytime temperature on Saba averages 80°F., 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.
Good weather resources include:
Carib WX - Caribbean Weather Centre
The Hurricane Page (www.stormcarib.com
- Hurricane Information Top