IMPORTING ANIMALS You can temporarily import animals with a health certificate (dated within 10 days of your visit) and a record of inoculations, which must include a rabies shot received no more than 30 days prior to your visit. Parrots and pets from South and Central America are prohibited.
For more information contact your nearest Netherlands embassy/consulate, or the Agricultural Office, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Washington DC at 202/274-2718.
GETTING THERE BY AIR Flights arrive at Juancho E Yrausquin Airport (airport code SAB). You cannot fly direct. All flights go through Princess Juliana Airport (airport code SXM; tel 599/545-5757), located in Dutch St Maarten, where you catch a 15-minute Winair flight to Saba.
Airlines that service St Maarten include Air Canada (tel 599/545-2372), Air France (tel 599/545-4212), Air Caraïbes (tel 0820-835-835), American Airlines/American Eagle (tel 599/545-2040), BWIA West Indies Airways/Caribbean Airlines (tel 599/545-4646), Caribbean Star/Sun (tel 800/744-7827), Continental Airlines (tel 599/545-2788 or 800/231-0856), Corsair (tel 599/545-4344), Delta Air Lines (tel 800/872-2881), KLM/Northwest Airlines (tel 599/545-4747 or 545-4344), LIAT (tel 599/545-2403 or 888/844-5428), United Airlines (tel 800/United-1), US Airways (tel 599/545-3053 or 800/622-1015) and Winair (tel 599/545-2568). Note: The phone numbers listed above are local access numbers for St Maarten.
BY CRUISE Smaller cruise ships, such as those operated by Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, call on Saba.
BY FERRY Aqua Mania Adventures (tel 599/544-2640), located in Dutch St Maarten, operates the Edge high-speed ferry Wed-Sun between Pelican Marina in Simpson Bay, St Maarten and Fort Bay, Saba. The trip takes about one hour. It leaves St Maarten at 9am and Saba at 3:30pm. The fare for adults is $90 round trip and $45 one way. Kids 2-12 years are half price. When boarding in St Maarten you must pay a $7 port fee. There is a $5 charge for each piece of luggage.
Saba C-Transport (tel 599/416-3671) operates the Dawn II ferry three times a week (Tue, Thurs, Sat) between Philipsburg, St Maarten and Fort Bay, Saba. The trip takes one hour and forty-five minutes. It departs St Maarten at 5pm and Saba at 6:30am. The one-way fare for adults is NAfl 63/$35 and for children 2-12 years, NAfl 35/$20.
Rates and schedules are subject to change.
GETTING AROUND Saba is such a small island that there is no public transportation. Many people get around on foot, although you'll want to wear shoes with good traction, especially during and after a rainfall. Hitchhiking is also acceptable and safe.
BY CAR There are only a few car rental agencies on the island. The 10 miles of concrete roads are very narrow and steep with hairpin curves, so exercise extreme caution when driving. There is a gas station at Fort Bay. To rent a car you will need your valid driver's license from home.
Driving is on the right. Turning right on a red light is prohibited. You must wear a seat belt, and motorcyclists must wear helmets.
CAR RENTALS (country code 599) - Caja Car & Jeep Rental, 416-2388 - Mike's & Son Car Rental, 416-3259
BY TAXI Taxis usually meet flights and ferries. Island taxi tours are available in addition to standard taxi service.
Disclaimer: Information is provided as a service to visitors and is updated regularly. All
information should be verified prior to travel.