A 'special municipality' of the Netherlands, tranquil Saba is as vertiginous as its motherland is flat. There's something otherworldly about this spiky volcanic peak that sits but a hop, skip and jump from St-Martin/Sint Maarten. Dense forest drapes its peaks and valleys, making it look like Ireland, while the traditional red-roofed houses with their green shutters and white gingerbread trim seem plucked from a Brothers' Grimm fairy tale. Below the waterline lies a colorful kingdom of coral teeming with sharks, turtles and luminous tropical fish. There is no crime, little traffic and a close-knit local community that's genuinely happy to be here – and to see you in their earthly 'Garden of Eden'.