Images of Saba
Saba is a five square mile volcanic island located at Latitude 17.38 N Longitude 63.13 W in the NW Caribbean region, 28 miles SW of its international hub, the island of St. Maarten.
This Caribbean island is known as the “Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean” due to her pristine nature both above and below her waterline. The responsible parties for this preserved jewel are the proud people of Saba and The Saba Conservation Foundation (which manages both protected land and marine parks), as a pristine natural resource it has developed a small but vibrant tourism industry that caters to hikers, divers and those who wish to escape the hustle & bustle of modern day living. Safe, clean and practically crime free, Saba offers excellent investment/commerce & development opportunities in both Tourism & Real Estate Sectors.
The island’s population is approximately 2000, a quarter of which can be accounted for by the American registered Saba University School of Medicine (SUSOM), who’s presence contributes a vital part of Saba’s present economy.
“What is an island without the sea?”
From the poem “Yours” by Daniel Hoffman, 1923 – 2013
The island’s fishing industry makes up another vital part of her economy. Sabans have an affinity with the sea that stretches back through generations to the first settlers. Produce is sold locally on island to individuals and the hospitality trade. “Saba lobster” has quite the reputation in the region as the industry enjoys a healthy export trade with neighbouring islands.
Adaptable Entrepreneurs and Workforce
The main industries allow the island’s entrepreneurs to adapt and discover opportunities that fit the sector’s markets. Tourism encourages a healthy Arts & Crafts community, some of whom not only sell to visitors but attract them to the island for the sole purpose of commerce, export is also carried out in this field by some of the island’s more established artisans. Real Estate encourages property development proposals and also a healthy construction trade on an island where the workforce is both highly skilled and adaptable. The Fishing Industry together with the Dive Industry, creates the need for fabricators and marine engineering expertise.
Powered & Connected
The last decade has seen large investments in power, telecommunications and infrastructure networks on island.
♦ A new power plant has been constructed and renewable energy is on the way with the recent purchase of land for a solar farm.
♦ The telecommunication network has been improved, is now more reliable and more bandwidth has been made available.
♦ Both power & telecommunications networks will soon be below ground making services more resilient to regional weather conditions.
♦ The road system has been improved and car parks arranged for the island’s increasing population. Extensive work has also been carried out at Saba’s Airport & Port.
Since October 10th 2010 Saba is a ‘special municipality’ of the Netherlands. This means that Saba is part of The Netherlands, but has other legislation than municipalities in the European part of The Netherlands. Saban citizens vote for Dutch Parliament, the Second Chamber. The legislative body of Saba is called the Island Council. Unlike the municipalities in the European part of the Netherlands, Saba is not part of a province.
There are two other ‘special municipalities’ or ‘public entities’: Sint Eustatius and Bonaire. The constitutional status of the three public entities is laid down in the ‘Wet op de Openbare Lichamen BES’, the ‘Law on the Public Entities BES’.
Did you know?
1.Saba’s Mount Scenery rises to an altitude of 887 m (2910 ft.) above sea level, making it the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
2.Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport has the shortest commercial runway in the world! At Just 400 m (1300 ft.) in length it’s only possible for STOL aircraft (Short Take of And Landing) to operate. St. Maarten’s airline Winair operates a de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter service 4 times a day 365 days a year.
3. Saba may be small but its population is infused by over 40 different nationalities. This makes the island a truly international location to live, invest and conduct commerce.
4. Currency: U.S. Dollar
5. Primary languages: English, Dutch, Spanish & Papiamentu.