Our excitement was pegged out, and we hadn’t even begun our trip yet! We’d spent the last few months planning this epic trip, and these past few days were a whirlwind of emotions. Just as my eyes glazed over daydreaming of crystal clear, turquoise waters, I’d be jolted back to reality and begin scrambling through the file cabinet looking for those passports I kept forgetting. Oh and Jesse, don’t forget the carry-on requirements are different for the last flight into the Caribbean on the smaller aircraft of SVG Air. I wonder how much it would cost to pay someone to plan our perfect vacation for us? In the end, the trouble was well worth the effort. This was an amazing adventure which we’ll have fond memories to share forever.
Join us for a Caribbean adventure through Saint Vincent & The Grenadines. In Part 1 we fly to the Eastern side of the Caribbean, with our last flight on a small plane landing on a small runway which just happens to have a few mountains in front of the landing zone. As soon as the plane clears the last mountain we begin an abrupt descent and the skilled pilots safely stick the landing gear onto asphalt while most passengers are still feeling the adrenaline pursing through their veins. We also get our first glimpse of Union Island known by some as the “Tahiti” of the Caribbean due to its impressively shaped mountains.
From Barbados to St. Vincent & the Grenadines, our two primary airline choices were LIAT and SVG Air. Liat seemed to be the cheaper option, but didn’t fly our route so we ended up on SVG, a much better airline based from our experience. We think they were better because on arrival in Barbados, they walked us and each of their passengers through customs so there weren’t any surprises and to help the whole process go smoothly. An expat who now resides in St. Vincent explained, “You never fly LIAT unless it’s your only option”. We didn’t see what the big deal was until ten days later when we did fly a LIAT flight we’d booked months earlier. More on that in A Pirate’s Life Part 5.
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