SABA ISAND

Neighboring Saba Island Culture

Saba, the unspoiled relaxing island in the Dutch Antilles, is just 12 MINUTES flight away from Dutch/French St. Maarten/St. Martin and French St. Barth. St. Maarten is reachable via direct flights from Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Boston, Miami, Dallas and Toronto. “The Unspoiled Queen” or Saba is a Caribbean island that inspires your imagination. This magical island gives her second name “The Unspoiled Queen” honour…..it truly is unspoiled.

Saba’s flora and vegetation is lush, with tropical rain forests where one can find orchids, lige-feims, mahogonies, palms, as well as mango, orange and many other fruit trees. Saba is a paradise for the scuba enthousiast. According to the experts, one of the best diving spots in the world. There are three professional DIVE OPERATORS on the island. The waters around the island, as well as the seabed and the seamounts form the Saba Marine Park, formally established to preserve and manage Saba’s marine resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, in perpetuity.

Saba is a paradise for the scuba enthusiast. According to the experts, one of the best diving spots in the world. The waters around the island, as well as the seabed and the seamounts form the Saba Marine Park, formally established to preserve and manage Saba’s marine resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the people, in perpetuity.

Saba Island is also very well known because of its extensive trail network. For every hiker there is a suitable trail. Or just relax and take in the beautiful views it’s totally up to you. On Saba Island, you live in your own pace, and the population of Saba is always happy to tell you stories of the history and culture of Saba.

 

Language

Dutch is the official language on the St. Maarten side of the island, while French is spoken on St. Martin. Although Dutch and French are the primary languages on the island, English is also widely spoken and is taught in schools. Afro-Caribbean people brought their culture and language to St. Martin, and some of the native islanders speak a French-based patois, which is a mixture of French, African, and other dialects. In addition to these languages, Spanish and Papiamento (a dialect of the former Netherlands Antilles) are spoken on the island.

Religion

The main religious influences on St. Martin come from European cultures. The majority of the people on both sides of the island follow Roman Catholicism. The Methodist church is the second most popular denomination on both sides of St. Martin.

Food

The cuisine on Saba is a collaboration of tastes from Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa, and showcases the diversity of the island’s people. The cuisine reflects the island’s blended culture. You’ll find delicious authentic cuisine all over Saba. The most well-known dishes on the island include French, West Indian, and Creole foods, and featured island dishes include a mixture of French, African, and Indian recipes.

Music

The true voice of the Caribbean is found in the region’s unique musical styles. The original rhythms of this amazing part of the world mostly come from African roots and use a lot of drums. The types of music that have originated from the Caribbean region include calypso, merengue, soca, zouk, reggae. All of these styles of music share certain distinguishing features such as infectious dance rhythms and outlandish lyrics.