You'll have to get to St. Maarten before you can get to Saba. American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300 in the U.S. and Canada; www.aa.com) flies nonstop from New York's JFK; Continental Airlines (tel. 800/231-0856 in the U.S. and Canada; www.continental.com) flies out of Newark. From Queen Juliana Airport on St. Maarten, you can take the 12-minute hop to Saba on Winair (tel. 866/466-0410 in the U.S. and Canada, or 599/545-4237; www.fly-winair.com). There are at least five flights per day, depending on volume; fares are from $115 round-trip.
Saba's Juancho Yrausquin Airport (tel. 599/416-2255; www.b-v-i.com/sabaairport/default.htm) is one of the shortest landing strips in the world, stretching only 394m (1,293 ft.) along the aptly named Flat Point, one of the few level areas on the island.
Many guests at hotels on St. Maarten fly over to Saba on the morning flight, spend the day sightseeing, and then return to St. Maarten on the afternoon flight. Winair connections can also be made on Saba to both St. Kitts and St. Eustatius.
You can also take a high-speed ferry from St. Maarten's Pelican Marina at Simpson Bay to Fort Bay on Saba; you'll arrive in about an hour. The Edge (tel. 599/544-2640; www.sabatourism.com) departs Wednesday to Sunday at 9am, returning at 5pm, making a day trip to Saba possible. Sometimes the waters are turbulent, making passengers seasick. The round-trip fare is $75 per person or $50 one-way if returning on a different day from your departure. There is also a port fee of $12 per passenger.