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We are coming to Saba this November. I have read alot about Saba but would like info from the "horses mouth".

My questions:
Is Willard's worth the price?
Is auto rental available ..for maybe one day? Needed just to drive around and see all of Saba?
Which restaurants really are the best?
I will be stuck in St Maarten for a day...what to do?
I am a diver, no night life necessary, I like peace and quiet.

Thanks in advance.

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    I live on the next island over from Saba and visit often. In regards to your questions:

    I have not personally stayed at Willard's, but have visited the property and it is very nice. I don't know their prices, so I can't say whether it's worth it, but it is definitely one of the nicer resorts on the island.

    I have never rented a car, nor desired to since I stay in the heart of Windwardside. However, I believe that rental is available. Take caution, though, because it takes a certain kind of driving experience to drive on Saba. Most Saban's do not recommend renting for tourists. It is very easy to hire a cab to go to the various villages, or to take an island tour. I personally recommend Eddie Peterson, who can be arranged easily by your hotel.

    As far as restaurants, I can highly recommend Tropics Cafe and YIIK in Windwardside for casaul lunches. I also recommend The Gate House and Queen's Garden Resort for fine dining. The Gate House has been written up in Wine Spectator magazine and has an excellent selection of wines. They are our personal favorite for a fabulous evening meal.

    In SXM for the day, I would suggest either taking a tour of the island, or hiring a cab to go to Marigot for lunch and shopping, then Grand Case for some beach time. You can easily find a cab in Marigot for your return, but you might want to make prior arrangements for a cab to retrieve you from Grand Case as there are no cab stands there. You could also rent a car and tour the island on your own. Driving on SXM is quite easy and you can navigate easily with a simple map from the tourist desk at the airport.

    If you are a diver, who prefers peace and quiet, then Saba is THE place for you. If you have time, you might also want to consider a day trip to Statia for diving, as well. Don't forget to have a nice massage from Sally at Saba Day Spa. It's a nice ending to a relaxing retreat there.

    Have fun!

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    Statia,
    Thanks so much for all the info. I will contact Eddie Peterson to drive us around for a day. I plan on walking the rest of the trip.
    We were thinking about Willard's for fine dining due to the view. I will be celebrating my big 5-0 and want something really special that night. We already have accomdations in a Villa in Windwardside.
    I did not realize Saba had a spa. A massage sounds good!
    Tell me what one does at Statia..I know there is a volcano one can explore.

    Thanks!!

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    roxytn, where is your villa located in Windwardside? That is the most convenient village to stay in, IMO, since it's very convenient to walk everywhere. So, you've made a good choice.

    I haven't dined at Willard's, but as I said before, I can highly recommend The Gate House for a wonderful birthday dinner. They also have a very nice view. The Gate House faces St. Maarten and St. Barth's, whereas Willard's faces Statia.

    Yes, Sally, the owner of Saba Day Spa has a lot of really wonderful treatments. I highly recommend you plan for a relaxing afternoon there as a treat for your birthday! Just stop in the day before and make arrangements. She is located right next door to "The Swinging Doors Saloon" in Windwardside.

    Statia is very similar to Saba, yet very different. Statia is a very historical island. Our main tourism is focused on history (we were the first to salute US independence), as well as diving and hiking.

    If you want more info on either island, feel free to email me at statia69@yahoo.com. I may not reply the same day, but I WILL get back to you.
    Happy birthday and enjoy your trip!

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