A Guide to Buying Property in Saba for Foreign Buyers
Once a haven for sea captains, today the tiny island of Saba is one of the region’s top “under the radar” destinations offering a relaxing lifestyle and a unique property market.
If you are currently considering investing in real estate in Saba but you are wondering “where are the best places to buy property in Saba?” or “how do I go about owning property in Saba as a foreign buyer” then this guide is for you.
Our guide takes you through the process of buying property in Saba from beginning to end, including an introduction to the real estate market, the buying process and the taxes you will need to be aware of.
Overview – The Saba Real Estate Market
Ever since a group of shipwrecked Englishmen landed on the shores of Saba, the tiny island has had an association with sailors. Subsequently settled by the Dutch, the red-roofed cottages with white gingerbread trim and green shutters that are traditional to Saba have been home to pirates and ship’s captains. Today there are under 2,000 residents who enjoy a laid back, quiet lifestyle surrounded by the magical natural beauty of the “Unspoiled Queen of the Caribbean.” Traditional Saban cottages are built into the island’s hills, offering magnificent views of the 887m peak of Mount Scenery, the island’s woodland, dramatic cliffs, and the deep blue sea. A home on Saba is also the ideal base for exploring the reefs that lie off the coast. Home to about 150 species of fish, healthy coral, turtles and lobster, Saba is an exceptional diving destination.
Besides its fascinating history and colourful landscape, Saba offers much more to those considering investing in real estate. Saba benefits from the stabilty that comes with being a special municipality of the Netherlands. Like fellow Dutch Caribbean islands Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao and St Maarten Dutch is the official language, but English is the main language. A bonus for North American buyers, the US Dollar is the official currency. With a population of under 2,000, Saba is also safe and friendly with no crime.
Property for sale in Saba ranges from a parcel of land for sale with stunning sea views to cottages with private pools tucked away in the hills in areas such as Windwardside, Zion’s Hill and Hell’s Gate.
Buying Property in Saba
Can a foreign national buy property in Saba?
There are no restrictions on foreign buyers purchasing real estate on Saba and, unlike other Caribbean islands, an Alien Landholding License is not required.
Can foreigners buy property in Saba?
Yes, foreigners can buy property in Saba and the island welcomes investment from overseas buyers. There are no restrictions on foreign buyers acquiring real estate in Saba. Unlike in other destinations in the Caribbean, non-citizens purchasing real estate in Saba do not require a license or permit of any kind.
Buying property in Saba is a relatively simple process, which typically involves the following steps:
- Begin your property search.
- Find your perfect property and make an offer.
- A notary will oversee the legal transfer process from seller to buyer and ensures free and clear title. The closing process can take up to 8 weeks.
- Pay all required taxes and fees.
Buyers are required to pay closing costs / Transfer Tax amounting to approximately 6%.
There is no annual property tax on Saba.
Search Saba Real Estate Listings
As specialists in luxury Caribbean property, we can introduce you to a wide selection of the finest residential property in Saba.
Homes for Sale & Condos for Sale
Land for Sale
You can also browse undeveloped land. Purchasing a lot of land provides you with a blank canvas and the opportunity to build your dream home in Saba.
Whether you are looking for beachfront land or a centrally located lot, we’re here to help you find the perfect lot of land for sale in Saba.
For larger parcels of land for commercial development, please see our commercial real estate listings.
Hotels for Sale
Searching for hotels for sale in Saba? Browse hotels, B&Bs and guests houses right here.
Finding the Perfect Property for Sale in Saba
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To find your perfect property in Saba, search our Saba real estate listings.
Best Places to Buy Property in Saba
Windwardside & Hell’s Gate
The quaint village of Windwardside (together with the suburb of Booby Hill) and Hell’s Gate are the most popular locations for investing in Saba real estate. There are a number of red-roofed cottages for sale built in a traditional Saban style from native volcanic rock. With a selection of restaurants, bars and shops real estate for sale in Windwardside and Hell’s Gate offers privacy and seclusion as well as access to conveniences when needed.
How long can a foreign citizen stay in Saba?
Citizens of the EU, EEA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other countries may stay in Saba for up to 3 months (90 days) without a visa. Dutch and American citizens may stay in Saba for up to 6 months (180 days) without a visa.
Do I need a visa to live in Saba?
Non-citizens wishing to live in Saba are required to apply for a Residence Permit. Residence permits are issued for a period of 1 year and can be renewed thereafter.
How do I become a resident of Saba?
Individuals who have legally resided in Saba with a temporary residence permit for at least 5 years may apply for a permanent residence permit which is valid for an indefinite period.
How do I become a citizen of Saba?
If you have lived continuously in Saba for 5 years with a valid residence permit and have a good understanding of Dutch you may apply for Dutch citizenship by naturalization.
Mortgages in Saba
Looking for financing to fund the purchase of property in the Caribbean?
Contrary to popular misconception, it is possible for foreign nationals looking to invest in Saba real estate to apply for a mortgage.
Our partner – a very well respected international financial organization – offers mortgages for qualifying non-residents buying, building or improving a second home in Saba.
For more information, see our page on: Caribbean mortgages.
Sending Money to Saba
You could save money when investing in Saba real estate by using a foreign exchange expert to get the best rate for your property purchase. We have partnered with Halo Financial, a specialist in foreign exchange, to help you get the best exchange rates when making one-off or regular international payments for a property purchase in Saba. To see how you could save money, read more: Foreign Exchange.
How to Get to Saba
Saba’s Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is reputed to be home to the shortest commercial runway in the world.
From Europe or North America, fly to St Maarten and then take a connecting flight with Winair on to beautiful Saba.
St Maarten to Saba: 0 hours 12 mins