Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Saba, The Unspoiled & Spoiled Queen

Imagine an island in the Caribbean untrampled by time. Imagine unspoiled landscapes that make you feel like an early explorer, and friendly English speaking people who make you feel at home. All this is Saba; The Unspoiled Queen, part of The Dutch Antilles...and this is where my oldest daughter is going to live to study medicine. Here is a gorgeous tourism video of this remote will be so surprised when you watch it. I was astounded by it's beauty. Saba (pronounced 'say-ba'), is ideal for the traveler looking for a secluded haven, in peaceful and friendly surroundings. Rising steeply from the azure sea, the tiny island in the Caribbean is a magical experience far away from the cares and worries of today's hurried world. Four small villages are as quaint and charming as the gentle, friendly manner of the Saban people, descended from hardy 17th century pioneers. Visitors feel they have stepped back in history, yet many modern luxuries are here to be enjoyed. Saba is a monument to nature's best above and below the ocean's surface. The famous Saba Marine Park is second to none. Saba is a magical place for scuba diving, hiking, admiring the nature or honeymooning! Saba has one road, aptly named 'The Road'. The whole island is only 5 miles wide !!! She will be arriving in Saba at the end of August and will study/live there for 20 months. Then she will head off to the United States to finish her studies. The journey to Saba is an interesting one. One must fly into St. Marten's and then take a small plane (landing at Hell's Gate on a very short runway...oh my) or ferry (1.5 hours) to the island. There is no need for cars on is a very small mountain island. The beauty of Saba is breathtaking. It reminds me of something out of King Kong, Jurassic Park, James Bond or Survivor. The photo at the very top shows the University in the bottom right corner. Did I mention that there are only 1400 people who live there? Paradise found. She is a well-deserving, 'Spoiled' Queen (girl). I am so very proud of her.

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