How To Sail Into Saba

Not a lot of people visit the island of Saba, and when they do it’s usually via a short flight from St. Maarten. Sailors usually pass by Saba due to the fact it doesn’t have a protected harbor. Though this makes sailing here a little more tricky, it’s not impossible.

Here is a great video from the Distant Shores sailing website describing how to make the passage from St. Maarten/St. Martin. They go into detail on where to pick up a mooring ball, and how you have to climb the 800 steps up the cliff side to reach the charming village called the Bottom.

It might not be the easiest island to visit, but its natural beauty and friendly people (not to mention the lack of tourists) make this Caribbean gem a hidden treasure.

Sailing Into Saba

Have you sailed into Saba? What was your experience like?

This island has been calling me for a long time and hopefully 2015 is the year when these pirate feet wash ashore on this magical rock.

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By |2016-12-31T11:58:07+00:00April 27th, 2015|Saba, Sailing / Boating|6 Comments

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  1. Margo Gripp April 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I think I’d have to pass on Saba. Too much trouble, no wonder not many people go there. I climbed to the top of the Washington Monument when I was a teenager, and I don’t think it even had that many steps! Now the big question is… how did they get all those cars there, and where do they drive them to??? Let us know if you get there next year, I’ll be interested in hearing your take on it! 🙂

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    RumShopRyan April 27, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Will do Margo! The best places are usually the ones more difficult to get to. Cheers!

  3. Greg April 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Actually, Saba is a great day trip from St Maarten. The landing on the air strip is exhilarating, and worth the trip in itself. Climbing Mt Scenery can be a chore, but if you are lucky, the top will be clear and you you can see for miles.

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    RumShopRyan May 1, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Thanks Greg, looking forward to visiting sometime soon. And yes, I’ll be hiking Mt. Scenery. Cheers!

  5. Escape Hunter May 10, 2015 at 5:26 am

    A lovely island. And I think not many know about it!
    Which is great… hmm… ideal retreat area?

  6. Mike M September 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Went to Saba for a day last year to snorkel. But was too choppy that day so we climbed Mt Scenery instead. What an amazing view.!! Fog/cloud cleared while we were up there and the panorama was breathtaking. It was quite a hike but the beer i had when we got down tasted sooo good. Want to go back again this year to scuba/snorkel and chill for maybe 3 days there.

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