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By Taxi

Taxis meet every flight. Up to four people are allowed to share a cab. The fare from the airport to Windwardside is $8, or $15 to the Bottom. A taxi from Windwardside to the Bottom costs $6.50. There is no central number to call for service. Taking a taxi ride on Saba is likely to involve you in local life -- it's decidedly informal here. Don't be surprised if your driver interrupts the trip to rush a sick child to a plane to be flown to a hospital or pick up an old man to take him up the hill because he's fallen and hurt himself.

By Rental Car

None of the major U.S. firms operates on Saba, partly because most visitors opt to get around by taxi. In the unlikely event that you should dare to drive a car on Saba, locally operated companies include Caja's Car Rental, the Bottom (tel. 599/416-2388), starting at $55 per day and including a full tank of gas and unlimited mileage. Some insurance is included in the rates, but you might be held partly responsible in the event of an accident. Because of the very narrow roads and dozens of cliffs, it's crucial to exercise caution when driving on Saba. Note that traffic moves on the right.

By Hitchhiking

Hitchhiking has long been an acceptable means of transport on Saba, where everybody seemingly knows everybody else. And if you hitchhike, you'll probably get to know everybody else, too.

On Foot

The traditional means of getting around on Saba -- walking -- is still much in evidence. Just don't do the walk from the Bottom up to Windwardside unless you're fairly fit and have shoes with good traction, particularly after a recent rain.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.