When I think of summer, I think of nature trails, which makes me think of Saba. Saba is ideal for the recluse, adventurer, who prefer a destination with less tourists. Its rugged landscape and breathtaking sceneries is worth the hike.One of the islands that makes up the Dutch West Indies, Saba is only 30 minutes ferry ride from St. Martin/St.Maarteen. However, a quicker journey for the not so faint of heart, you can experience the infamous Saba airport.
There are many trails that you can choose from to experience Saba such as Sandy Cruz and Spring Bay trails. The most popular trail is the Mount Scenery trail.
Tips for hiking Mount Scenery in Saba
- Choose a trail that you can trek without over exhausting yourself. The island of Saba is a small, but the many trails island ranges from moderate to difficult.
- Take along water. Most trails are more than 2 hours long. The popular Mount Scenery trail is very grueling with its 90 minutes to the summit which is over 2800 ft above sea level.
- Ensure you have comfortable shoes with good traction to avoid slipping when it rains. Certain trails wind through the rainforest such as the Mount Scenery trail can get very muddy during a sudden downpour.
- Do stop at the trail shop at the bottom of Mount Scenery for trail supplies such as maps, whistle and contact for a local guide.
- Do get a walking stick, which will help you on your ascent.
- A great option if you would like to experience the beauty of Mount Scenery, but with an easier trek is to use Buds Mountain trail to ascend to the top, then descend using Mount Scenery trail.
- Live in the moment and enjoy the beautiful foliage, birds and mist on your hike.
- At the top, there are a few viewpoints – the main one facing the view of the Caribbean sea on the left can be difficult to access over boulders. The other view-point on the right is easy to access with great views over Windward side of the island. On a clear day, you can see all the neighbouring islands :St.Martin/St.Maarten, St Kitts-Nevis, St Eustasia, and Montserrat.
Known as the ‘Unspoiled Queen’, once you have hiked the trails of Saba and experienced her beauty, you will understand why this name is well fitted.