Nowhere on the Caribbean islands hiking is so marvellous and wonderfull and so varied as on Saba.
If you want to do all the trail you need about 24 of hiking. And you really will want to take a photo after every 10 steps that you made.
The trails have lengths ranging from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours, but most of them will take about 1.5 hours.
There are 5 climate zones on that tiny island of Saba.
You can make many choices: of course in the tropical rain forest at elevations of 500 to 600 meters in the secondary forest
where old plantations of bananas, mangoes, limes, oranges, avocados, guavas, Mammee apples and soursops
are overgrown by plants and trees of the jungle: tree ferns, West Indian mahogany trees, palms, elephant ears and so on.
Many people want to climb to the highest point in the Dutch Kingdom: the summit of Mount Scenery at 877 meters with - if there is no cloud hanging around the top–
offers a beautiful view over the ocean with St Maarten, St. Eustatius, St Kitts and Montserrat.
If there is a cloud, the perception is at least as fairylike and magical.
The trails at that altitude and a lot lower are in the "cloud forest", also known as the "elfinwood".
You walk through a beautiful fairy tale between overgrown trees dripping with mosses and ferns in a sunlit mist: it looks like real fairytale paintings.
But you can also choose to hike the whole variety that will show you trails of rainforest,
going through the drier areas with smaller trees and bushes into the dry desert with cacti
until eventually the coastline which sometimes solidified, jagged lava rock walls form a magnificent lunar landscape.
Hiking on Saba with all natural slopes implicates mostly going up or down.
The trails usually have the character of sort of stairways sometimes alternating with more horizontal pieces.
The ever new and surprising views make each walk unforgettable.
The altitude makes the climate perfect for hiking. Unlike other islands, the temperature mainly don’t exceed 27 degrees Celsius and often you will also feel a lovely sea breeze.
The shadow of the trees is a big part of the hikes to a wonderful summer experience.
The unspoiled nature, the silence with only the sounds of wind and of the birds will make that you would like to stay on Saba for ever.
Because of the variation in plants, the flowers on the island, the beautiful butterflies and birds you will never feel bored.
This apart from the impressive and magnificent ever changing vistas.
Please take more time for each hike than what has been designated as "official" walking time.
Stop over and look around, take breaks to drink, eat and especially to inhale the atmosphere.
For virtual tours, please visit:
www.sabaweb.nl /saba-trail shop/trails-en.htm
Of course there is more to enjoy on Saba. Under water, the nature is at least as beautiful as above the water and for a good reason
Saba is recognized worldwide as a top experience in the world of diving or snorkeling .
But also the landscape of the built environment, the few villages with all their well-preserved architectural cultural-historical values,
some small museums are completing the impression of pureness.
(Cf. eg www.sabaweb.nl/saba-diving/, www.sabaweb.nl /graveyards and www.saba-monuments.nl)
Besides accommodation options in friendly small hotels - including the environmental friendly Ecolodge and El Momo Cottages -
there are many cottages for rent for tourists.
For more information please contact
Drs René Caderius van Veen through firstname.lastname@example.org