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Saba is different from all the other islands in the Caribbean, in that it is the top of a mountain (the rest of the landmass is undersea), with winding mountain roads and little villages clinging to its sides. More and more divers are flocking here to the last of the "virgin" dive locales, with some of the best sites in the Lesser Antilles.

Diving & Snorkeling -- Saba is one of the world's finest diving and snorkeling destinations. Dive sites teem with colorful coral and other sea creatures. Dive up to 110 feet at Saba Marine National Park, which circles the island. The park also has several marked spots for snorkelers; the adventurous should try the snorkel trail.

Things To Do -- Climb the 1,064 hand-hewn steps up to Mount Scenery, traversing a rainforest where wild orchids bloom along with giant elephant ears, palms, ferns, and mangoes. Explore the Bottom, the island capital, a charming Dutch village of chimneys, gabled roofs, and gardens.

Eating & Drinking -- Despite it size, this little island serves up plenty of savory Caribbean dishes and fresh seafood. Indulge in almond-crusted snapper in an eco-lodge or sea-bass filet on a rooftop terrace with panoramic valley views.

Nature -- Saba is as beautiful above the water as it is below. Hike to the top of Mount Scenery, where you'll pass through a lush rainforest of palms, bromeliads, lianas, and tree ferns. For Saba's most panoramic views head to Crispeen Track.