categories: caribbean travel
Hear about travel to the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Gary Arndt of Everything-Everyhwere.com. Gary just finished an island hopping tour that took him to most of the islands in the Caribbean. We will cover the islands of St. Martin, Anguilla, Saba, St. Barts, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, Barbuda, and Montserrat on this episode.
Gary found wonderful beaches, coral atolls, rugged volcanic islands (one with an active volcano), rich histories, a variety of languages and cultures. He found that the low season (Summer in North America) was a great time to go to the Caribbean but he also found some difficulties in trying to cover as many islands as he did.
“Basically all of the islands [in the Caribbean] are within eyesight of another island. With the exception of Barbados and I think Trinadad you can always see the next islands you are going to. So they are very close. They may be as close as 20 miles or sometimes even less; however, that doesn’t mean that going between the islands is at all easy.”
“For starters inter-island flights are pretty much a monopoly of an airline called LIAT which stands for Leeward Islands Air Transport but is also known as Leave Island Any Time, and Luggage In Another Terminal. I did a 26 minute flight from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands to St Martin in which my bag was lost. I had flights delayed for many many hours. What would end up being a 30 minute flight and you’re delayed 6 hours.”
“The ferry service between the islands doesn’t always make sense. A lot of times it is simply based on demand not necessarily distance. So you have things like St. Eustatius which is very close to St. Kitts but there is no ferry traffic in between them. The ferries for the most part ran on schedule although since Gary traveled in the low season they did not always run as often as they would in the high season.”
Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Princess Juliana International Airport
F.D. Roosevelt Airport
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Hi Chris, thanks for the name check the other week. I booked a San Diego dinner cruise with Viator and you mentioned it at the start of a show. Just to say the cruise was excellent, as was San Diego, which I know you are a fan of.
Not long back in the UK after 20 day in the US taking in Newport Beach (have relatives living there), San Diego, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, Roys Cafe at Amboy and a slice of Route 66, Las Vegas, Yosemite, San Francisco and the bay area (wife had a conference to attend at Berkeley) Santa Cruz and Monterey/Pacific Grove (where the other half of her conference was!). Had an excellent time and looking forward to coming back over the US in November to visit Florida’s Gulf coast and the Keys. Will have to have another look on Viator to see what happening in that vicinity.
Keep up the good work!