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jerber160
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Help with day trip by plane
      #1732966 - 05/16/17 07:45 AM (76.125.190.133)

I'm asking here (and elsewhere) if anyone knows the logistics of a day trip via air to another island. My questions would include, which island (leaning toward St. Barts and Nevis/St Kitts although Antigua is on the table if it's possible-open to suggestions-I don't think I want Saba), clear input on travel time required like how early do I have to be at the airport on SXM then how much time is required at airport for return flight? If the other islands are anything like SXM and it turns out I'd have to check in 2 hours prior to flight, are there places nearby (like Sunset's) to kill time? It might turn out that it would be easier to just check out of SXM hotel and spend 2 days somewhere else? but a day trip without relocating completely seems easiest and I NEED easy. Thanks for any input.

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: jerber160]
      #1732968 - 05/16/17 07:59 AM (96.233.64.115)

Try St Bart Commuter from SFG on the French side to St Barth. SFG is a small airport, less hassle, lower taxes/fees. Be checked in an hour ahead of time, 10-15 minute flight, same thing on the return. SBH airport has a small bar/restaurant upstairs, Chez Joe (closed on Sundays). All is easily doable as a day trip.

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: Bahston]
      #1732994 - 05/16/17 02:40 PM (136.28.35.128)

Have you been to Anguilla? That's easy and doable.
I would say no to Antigua.


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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: jerber160]
      #1732995 - 05/16/17 02:59 PM (96.39.52.186)

We did the Commuter flights out of Gand Case to St Barths. Depending on the time of year you can get a full day out of it. I think they run 75 each way. And definitely get to the airport an hour early, they will leave if everyone is there! We arrived in March before our flight was even supposed to take off!!!

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: irina]
      #1732997 - 05/16/17 03:12 PM (47.192.9.53)

I personally wouldn't bother to fly to Anguilla, but that's just me. But Anguilla is probably the easiest day trip from SXM.

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: Carol_Hill]
      #1733029 - 05/16/17 10:48 PM (75.133.113.202)

I'm with you, Carol. It's much easier to take the ferry to AXA. Saba, even if not on the OPs wishlist is an easy flight from PJIA and St. Barths a quick trip from L'Esperance on the French side. Not so sure about St. Kitts as there used to be a dedicated daily flight from PJIA but I think today it's one that hops around to multiple islands and makes for a short day or possibly an over-nighter? It used to be a golfing trip r/t same day but that was a while back. Of all of them my personal choice is Saba because it's so very different from most of the other islands, and I think St. Barths is the one to see and be seen on. Bring lots of $$.

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: Bahston]
      #1733040 - 05/17/17 08:07 AM (76.125.190.133)

exactly the info I'm scoping out. thank you so much

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: Bahston]
      #1733041 - 05/17/17 08:08 AM (76.125.190.133)

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Bahston said:
Try St Bart Commuter from SFG on the French side to St Barth. SFG is a small airport, less hassle, lower taxes/fees. Be checked in an hour ahead of time, 10-15 minute flight, same thing on the return. SBH airport has a small bar/restaurant upstairs, Chez Joe (closed on Sundays). All is easily doable as a day trip.


exactly the info I'm scoping out .. thank youi.

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: irina]
      #1733042 - 05/17/17 08:10 AM (76.125.190.133)

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irina said:
Have you been to Anguilla? That's easy and doable.
I would say no to Antigua.


I took a tour to Anguilla in 2015. It was fine but too structured for my taste but the price was right at the time. Now I want something different.. Why no Antigua? I had some awesome soup there years ago...and a nice half morning before a Windjammer sail. I always thought it was too expensive to do a whole week there, so I was considering a day trip.

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Re: Help with day trip by plane [Re: kim]
      #1733043 - 05/17/17 08:12 AM (76.125.190.133)

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kim said:
We did the Commuter flights out of Gand Case to St Barths. Depending on the time of year you can get a full day out of it. I think they run 75 each way. And definitely get to the airport an hour early, they will leave if everyone is there! We arrived in March before our flight was even supposed to take off!!!


cool. thank you. how do you find out about commuter flights? do you go directly to individual airlines or is there an airport website at grande case? this sounds really doable

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