Saba

The Road

more than a year ago
The 'parent nation' of the Netherlands is as flat as a pancake and covered with roads, so the local government naturally asked a Dutch engineer from Holland to build a road on Saba. The island is basically one big volcano with steep hills and slopes on all sides, so the European from the Low Countries certainly had his work cut out for him. Until the 1930s Sabans faced the arduous task of traversing the island on dirt trails and everything from kitchen sinks to pianos were transported with the help of donkeys via gruelling tracks and twisting trails. Everybody agreed that a road had to be built, but many responsible civil engineers deemed it a foolhardy task due to the island's extreme topography. Thus the road was dubbed ‘the road that can't be built’.

It took almost another decade before a clever local man, who studied civil engineering by mail, decided to prove otherwise. Without using any heavy machinery it took him and his fellow Sabans exactly 25 years to complete the road between the airport and Saba’s main point of commerce, the harbour at Fort Bay. In 1947 the first motorised vehicle finally appeared on the island and today it takes roughly 30 minutes to complete a journey by car around this route of stunning views and chiselled cliff sides. But every minute is a thrilling roller coaster ride, making it one of the island's best outdoor attractions.

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