Photo by Aaron Cranford
By Aaron Cranford
Hell’s Gate, Saba — While I would highly recommend visiting the emerald of the Caribbean, there is one con that is difficult to deal with on a daily basis.
Saba is a unique place, but if you plan on visiting this small gem, keep in mind that you will probably pay more money for food and drinks than you would visiting other local islands.
While most produce and meat can be bought for a reasonable price, many items, ranging from nuts and cheese to chips and berries, are much higher in cost.
For example, a large bag of crunchy Cheetos at Unique Supermarket in Windwardside costs $9. Meanwhile, a bag of sliced almonds can set you back $24.74.
Saba’s popular restaurants, including Brigadoon and Tropics Cafe in Windwardside, are experiences you shouldn’t pass up. On the other hand, though, most restaurants here are not cheap, so be expected to pay anywhere from $15 to $35 per plate. That figure doesn’t include drinks, so a tab could easily ring up close to $40 to $50 per person.
Some moderately-priced restaurants and cafes Selma Neel and I have enjoyed while here include Saba Snack in Windwardside and the Bottom Bean Cafe in The Bottom. We normally shop for produce and day-to-day groceries at Unique Supermarket and Big Rock Market in Windwardside.
Here are a couple of pictures of items from both markets:
What do you think of the prices? Would you pay more than $20 for a bag of almonds?
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