If you’re looking for a cheap flight to the Caribbean, you’ll find plenty of options on major carriers like American, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and United. But if you live in a major North American gateway, don’t forget about airlines based in the region such as Caribbean Airlines and Bahamsair, which are often priced competitively.
Find Out Where Airlines of the Caribbean Fly
Once you’ve landed in the Caribbean, there are several small airlines flying within the region that can fulfill all of your island-hopping dreams and days spent on unspoiled beaches. These are usually on small “puddle-jumper” aircraft, which provide amazing views of the islands when flying at low altitudes. Here’s a roundup of where some of these airlines based in the Caribbean can take you.
Larger Airlines Based in the Caribbean
Air Caraibes is based in France and is mainly used to connect Paris with the Caribbean, but there is also a regional branch of the airline that is based in Guadeloupe (PTP). Flights are available within the French Caribbean and to the island of Hispaniola, which includes Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Air Caraibes also partners with other airlines in the region to connect passengers all over the Caribbean. Its website is only in French, so you’ll have to translate the page in your browser if you’re not fluent.
If you live in South Florida, Aruba Airlines can fly you from Miami (MIA) to Aruba (AUA). From Aruba, the airline operates flights to other Dutch Antilles islands Curacao (CUR) and Bonaire (BON), and between Aruba and Venezuela.
Based in Nassau (NAS), Bahamasair flies from a few select cities in the U.S. to the Bahamas. Mainly from Florida, but other cities have popped up on its route map from time to time, most recently Houston (IAH). Of course, plenty of flights are offered within the Bahamas and to other Caribbean islands such as Cuba, Haiti, and Turks & Caicos.
The largest airline of the region, Caribbean Airlines has bases in Kingston (KIN) and Port of Spain (POS). Nonstop flights from New York, Toronto, and Florida are available to these cities and other Caribbean destinations such as Georgetown, Guyana (GEO) and Montego Bay (MBJ). Plus, you’ll find flights from Jamaica and Trinidad to plenty of other Caribbean islands.
Cayman Airways has grown its presence in the U.S. recently. Nonstop flights to Grand Cayman (GCM) can be found from Miami (MIA), New York (JFK), Tampa (TPA), Chicago (ORD), and Denver (DEN). The airline also offers flights to other Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, and Honduras.
Operating out of bases in Antigua (ANU), Barbados (BGI), and Port of Spain (POS), LIAT offers flights to several Caribbean islands. You won’t find any flights from the mainland U.S., but if you’re starting a Caribbean adventure in Puerto Rico, you’ll find flights from San Juan (SJU) to a few Caribbean islands.
Headquartered in San Juan (SJU), Seaborne Airlines is now owned by Florida based Silver Airways and operates seaplanes and land service throughout the Caribbean including flights to the U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Antigua, and Dominica.
More Airlines Based in the Caribbean
Finding flights within the Caribbean can be a bit tricky. Many smaller airlines operate limited flight schedules and rely mainly on chartered service. The flight schedules can change frequently and specific routes and airlines are known to come and go depending on demand. Below, I’ve listed some more regional airlines based in the Caribbean with links to the airlines’ websites where you can find current information regarding routes, schedules, and booking.
Note: Some websites are only available in a foreign language. In google chrome, you can translate in your browser, by right-clicking anywhere on the page and choosing “translate to English”.
Aerolineasmas (Dominican Republic)
Air Antilles Express (Guadeloupe)
Anguilla Air Services (Anguilla)
Fly Montserrat (Antigua)
InterCaribbean (Turks and Caicos)
Mustique Airways (Mustique and the Grenadines)
St. Barth Commuter (St. Barths)
Sunrise Airways (Haiti)
SVG Air (Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenadines)
Trans Anguilla Airways (Anguilla)
Western Air (Bahamas)
Winair (St. Maarten)
Vieques Air Link (Puerto Rico)