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Things to Know BEFORE You Go to the French Islands

Essential Information US, Canadian and EU visitors will not find any Caribbean island which requires an entry visa, although US visitors require special permission to visit Cuba. Travel insurance is recommended for any trip to the Caribbean, particularly emergency evacuation coverage in case airlift is required. Check also that insurance policies cover so-called dangerous activities such as scuba diving. FRENCH …

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How to Get to St. Barts

Airports and airlines: St. Barts airport (SBH) is known for its dramatic hilltop approach. Regular stream of small planes buzzing in from St. Maarten, St Martin and Anguilla. Cruise ports: Gustavia. Ships tender ashore. Mainly on the radar of luxury cruise lines such as Seabourn and Oceania. Yachting: Gustavia Harbour hosts numerous yachts and is the de facto capital of …

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How to Get To St. Martin FWI

Airports and airlines: Grand Case Esperance Airport has regional flights to Guadeloupe and St. Barts. Cruise ports: None, but served by Philipsburg. Yachting: Marina Fort Louis has secured a lot of business from neighboring St. Maarten. Charter yacht bases at Oyster Pond and Anse Marcel. Ferries: Regular service to Anguilla and St. Barts.

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How to Get to Martinique FWI

Airports and airlines: Aime Cesaire International Airport (FDF) has direct flights from Miami on American Airlines, and is also served by Air Caraibes, Air France, Corsair, and Air Canada. Regional service on Air Antilles Express and LIAT. Cruise ports: Fort de France is on the upmarket cruise list for Princess, Seabourn, Carnival, Holland America, and Oceania. Yachting: Large charter base …

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How to Get To Guadeloupe FWI

Airports and airlines: Le Raizet Airport, Pointe a Pitre (PTP). No direct flights from the US, whose passengers will need to connect from San Juan instead. Air Canada flies direct. Daily flights from France on Air France and Air Caraibes. Regional service on LIAT to other islands, with shuttle service to Marie Galante and Les Saintes. Regular shuttle on Air …

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How to Get Around St. Barts

Taxis congregate around the airport and port in Gustavia. The best option is a rental or scooter, located at the airport, or delivered straight to your hotel. Be warned that there are only two gas stations on the island, and both are closed on Sunday. If St. Barts had a public bus system, it would require tinted windows and payment …

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How to Get Around St. Martin

Taxis can be found around the harbor in Marigot or at Orient Bay. Rates are fixed according to zone. Buses run regularly from Marigot and Grand Case to Philipsburg, but not around Orient Bay. Hail them along the route and look for the destination in the window. Most car rental firms are around the airport on the Dutch side of …

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How to Get Around Martinique

Car rentals are abundant at the airport, but quality varies enormously so stick with a recognizable name. Be warned that traffic congestion in some areas, such as Fort de France, can be soul-sapping. Taxis cover the main routes but are prohibitively expensive considering the availability of minibuses (marked with TC) which zip across the island from Fort-de-France to popular tourist …

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How to Get Around Guadeloupe

The best way to get around Guadeloupe is by rental car, available at the airport in Pointe-à- Pitre and at the resorts, but agencies are typically booked out over the Christmas period. Taxis are metered and fairly expensive, especially at night. Much cheaper and not much of a drop in quality is the public bus system which covers most routes, …

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Where to Stay in St. Barts

Overview This tiny French island is the place to go for exclusive, luxury accommodation and dining. St. Jean and Cul de Sac are some of the prettiest spots but the island is so small that it’s hard to pick out a single highlight. Deals Not so much. Highlights Eden Rock on St. Jean and the Hotel Guanahani at Grand Cul …

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