Dutch Deception?

Flowery cocktails

Today, on my SeaDream sailing, I hiked to the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. No, I’m not geographically challenged. The Netherlands, as anyone knows, is as flat as a stroopwafel, but within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, situated in the Netherlands Antilles, is Saba, a rugged island rising abruptly from the sea to a height of more than 3,000 feet.

Disembarking SeaDream I with a group of hearty adventurers, I hiked the Crispeen Track, which skirts through rainforest to join Mt. Scenery Trail. Along the trail, plopped amid banana trees and palms, is the Ecolodge, a small family owned hotel and restaurant, where refreshing cocktails, such as the one pictured above, quenched our thirsts.

The trail dumps into the small and aptly named town known as The Bottom.

SeaDream I’s Activities Director Richard Jones told us not to miss Saba. “It’s the highlight of the itinerary,” he said, which is a bold claim on a sailing that included spectacular St. Barts and the visually stunning Virgin Gorda.

Jones was certainly right about Saba. It is sensational – from top to The Bottom.

To view photos of the hike, click on any of the thumbnails below or click here to launch a Flickr slideshow.

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