The tip of a volcano rising from the Caribbean Sea? The shortest commercial airplane runway in the world? The smallest territory by permanent inhabitants in both of the Americas? Saba is many things, and somehow they all got packed into five square miles of land in the Lesser Antilles, most of which is either steeply up or down. The one flat area in the mountains is taken by the island’s capital, The Bottom. 

We rented a house on the mountainside overlooking The Bottom, and spent our days hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and simply relaxing. Saba was holding Carnival while we were there … even with only 2,000 inhabitants, they still made it sing. I would happily return to finish more of the hiking trails, drive the twisty narrow roads, and eat again at some of the delicious restaurants.

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