For most people, their vacation begins the moment they land in their desired destination. This means the airport you land in can have a positive or negative effect on how your getaway gets its start. Fortunately, the airport you fly into to get to English Harbour has recently seen renovations to help enhance the visit of every passenger that travels through the big pink building.
About a half an hour drive outside of English Harbour in St. Johns is the only airport on the island of Antigua – the (ANU). Although the airport does welcome international flights and can handle the jumbo jets that typically carry them, most people visiting from North America, Europe, and Asia will instead make a connection elsewhere in the Caribbean before finally flying to the island. The common connection spots are at the San Juan Luis Munoz Marin International Airport on Puerto Rico for North Americans and the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten for European and Asia. Flights from North America make it to Antigua daily, while Europe and Asia typically touch down three to four times a week.
You can expect to see travel times of between three hours from Miami, Florida to nine hours from Germany. Upon your arrival, you'll encounter a very well-equipped facility for its moderate size. On site, there is a currency exchange, an automatic teller machine, a bookstore, a cafe, a post office, and about a dozen car rental agencies. There is even WiFi for guests who are willing to pay for the service. Do note, however, that customs officials here are known to be some of the most tedious in the region, and you could spend up to two hours in line waiting to get through immigration before you'll be able to begin the fun part of your vacation.
If you're visiting English Harbour from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and plan to stay less than six months, a passport and an original Naturalization Certificate is what will serve as your main form of identification. All others will need to present a visa. Along with these items, you'll submit an Immigration Form, which will be provided for you on the plane, a return or onward ticket, proof of your accommodations, and proof that you have enough money for your trip. When customs officials are satisfied that you have accomplished all of this, you will then be allowed to leave the airport.
If you're flying from the U.S. this chart may come in handy. The online booking services don't necessarily show the least costly options so it can be handy to see at a glance which airlines provide direct service to this airport.
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Airlines, United Airlines|
The following list displays airline companies that have direct service out of airports in Canada.
|Calgary, Canada||YYC||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
If you'll be flying from a European city this chart is the one you need.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Virgin Airlines|
Check below for airline service from other airports in the Caribbean. If there aren't any flights from an airport near you, a connecting flight from a regional airport could be a great option.
|Barbados||BGI||LIAT, Thomas Cook Airlines|
|Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda||BBQ||Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air|
|Basseterre, St. Kitts||SKB||British Airways, LIAT, Phoenix Airways|
|Castries, Saint Lucia||SLU||Caribbean Airlines, LIAT|
|Gustavia, St. Barthelemy||SBH||St. Barth Commuter|
|Isla Verde, Puerto Rico||SJU||LIAT|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KTP||Caribbean Airlines|
|Montserrat||MNI||Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air, Fly Montserrat|
|Nevis, Saint Kitts and Nevis||NEV||LIAT|
|Pointe a Pitre, Grande-Terre||PTP||LIAT|
|Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands||PLS||British Airways|
|Punta Cana, Hispaniola||PUJ||British Airways|
|Simpson Bay, The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten||SXM||Air St. Maarten, LIAT|
|St. Croix, US Virgin Islands||STX||LIAT|
|St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands||STT||LIAT|
|St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||SVD||LIAT|
|The Valley, Anguilla||AXA||Air St. Maarten, LIAT|
|Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago||TAB||British Airways|
|Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago||POS||LIAT|
|the BVI, British Virgin Islands||EIS||LIAT, Winair|
English Harbour is about a half an hour south of the airport. You can take a taxi for $31(USD) or rent a car for as little as $35(USD) a day and drive yourself. If you'll drive yourself, you'll find the directions to be quite simple. Head southwest on Burma Road, turn left toward St. Georges Drive, take a slight right onto the same road, then turn left. You'll then take the second right toward Sir Sydney Walling Highway, then turn left onto the road. Next, you'll take a right onto Jonas Road, a slight left onto Dig Tree Drive, and finally a right onto Dockyard Drive.
If you're looking for the quickest, and probably the least expensive way to get there, your visit to English Harbour will begin with a flight into V.C. Bird International Airport. With upgraded facilities and numerous airlines now offering regular flights, you should have no trouble making arrangements, and in the end will be happy that you decided flying was the right choice for you.
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