While Caribbean destinations are typically frequented by tourists from the end of November until April, the summer months in the region allow for a welcome respite from peak-season crowds. Travelers who elect to visit the Caribbean in the summer via private jet are less likely to encounter operational hurdles including accommodation limitations, heightened airport congestion, and other potential challenges associated with travel during the fall and winter.
From the Caribbean’s most popular locales to airports exclusively suited for private jet activity, global private charter provider BitLux shares a list of the places that offer the most incredible opportunities for tropical summer travel.
The Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN) in the Bahamian capital city of Nassau is able to accommodate private jets of any size and regularly handles a high volume of commercial and private flights. The close geographical proximity of the Bahamas to Florida amplifies the popularity of this Caribbean destination for travelers departing from the United States. For vacationers seeking a quieter experience in paradise, Norman’s Cay Airport (MYEN) is situated in the Exumas Islands chain of the Bahamas and is only open to private jet travel. Norman’s Cay is able to handle aircraft including the Cessna Citation Excel, Bombardier Challenger 300, Beechcraft Super King Air 350, and other comparable jets.
Puerto Rico’s two most popular airports for private jet travel include the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan (TISJ) and the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (TJIG). Both airports are consistently ranked at the top of private jet activity charts in the Caribbean, but TJIG is limited to jets capable of utilizing its shorter runway such as the Bombardier Challenger 300. The island of Vieques offers a secluded experience away from Puerto Rico’s mainland with private aircraft access available to Antonio Rivera Rodriguez Airport (TJVQ) through global private jet charter providers like BitLux. Operations at the airport are limited to piston and turboprop aircraft due to the location’s short runway length.
The Princess Juliana International Airport (TNCM) is notorious for low-altitude approaches and is a mecca for planespotters from around the globe. The airport serves as a hub for connecting flights to the Saint Barthélemy Airport on St. Barts (TFFJ) which is home to another famous runway configuration and complex approach path. The 2,100-foot-long runway at TFFJ on St. Barts is suitable for private aircraft such as a Cessna Caravan, Pilatus PC-12, or a DHC-6 Twin Otter.
Maurice Bishop International Airport (TGPY) is located in the capital city of the parish of St. George’s in Grenada. The airport serves any size of private jet and is a premier yachting destination. After flying into TGPY, travelers requiring the ultimate degree of privacy can take a short boat transfer to Calivigny Island. The private paradise is available for exclusive use through the rental of the entire island.
Private jet travelers can access Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (TQPF) on aircraft as large as a super midsize jet such as a Challenger 350. The island is a popular hideaway for those seeking an alternative to the liveliness of St. Barts. Anguilla does not allow cruise ship tourism which helps secure an additional sense of privacy for tourists traveling to the island on a private jet.
British Virgin Islands
Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ) is a gateway to the British Virgin Islands and serves private light jets such as the Citation CJ3 as well as turboprops. TUPJ is the closest international airport to the pristine oasis of Necker Island. Sir Richard Branson owns the island, but it can be hired exclusively for group usage. Guests can choose to board a 30-minute private boat transfer to the island from TUPJ, anchor a yacht off the island, or arrive by helicopter to the island’s helipad.
Antigua and Barbuda
The island of Antigua is home to the V.C. Bird International Airport (TAPA) which is a hub for surrounding Caribbean islands. Private jet travelers flock to this destination to reach private island resorts including Jumby Bay Island. The 300-acre private island is accessible via a private resort catamaran ride from the airport.
Turks & Caicos
While the Providenciales International Airport (MBPV) in Turks & Caicos is an attractive destination for private jet travelers, the nearby Ambergris Cay International Airport (MBAC) offers an additional paradise within the island region. Ambergris Cay is a private island resort that offers more than 1,100 acres of nearly untouched land. Guests can connect by private plane from MBPV to MBAC or they can fly directly to the island. The Ambergris Cay runway serves private aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G450.
Other Caribbean destinations
Additional tranquility can be found in Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Summertime in the Caribbean offers increased opportunities to experience truly private retreats, hassle-free private jet operations, and the ability to travel unencumbered by peak season constraints. A summer Caribbean vacation is best paired with private jet travel to ensure an absolutely seamless adventure.
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