Wanting to provide a beach for its locals, Saba imported sand from St. Maarten recently to construct a small “beach” near the airport. In order to make the water swimmable, rocks were placed as a barrier against the current to form a small swimming hole, shown in the photo above. There is technically a natural beach on the island at Well's Bay, but it’s hard to count it as such considering that it comes and goes with the tide, sometimes for months or years at a time.
So why go to the Caribbean to visit Saba? Visitors typically come for one or all of three reasons: To check out an island that is so unlike any other in the area, to hike, and to dive. As far as the hiking goes, we’ll take care of that in a photo-oriented post tomorrow.
What makes the diving in Saba world class is the existence and preservation of the soft coral, according to Kayleigh at Saba Deep (think sea fan coral). Water-churning storms and large amounts of inexperienced tourists have had huge impacts on these ecosystems in other areas of the world – two things Saba has been lucky enough to avoid for the most part.
The lack of beaches are a large reason why. Tomorrow, we'll talk about the other: The island's airport.
[Photos: Will McGough]