St. Francois continues to be one of the top tourist destinations on Grand Terre, and the easy access to the nearest airport no doubt plays a role in its popularity. It takes just about a half an hour to travel to this destination after landing on the island, though, getting to Guadeloupe in the first place can be somewhat of a challenge for some.
When compared to the airports on other islands in the Caribbean like Puerto Rico or Jamaica, the Pointe a Pitre Le Raizet Airport (PTP) is certainly a small facility. Still, it gets the job done, welcoming several non-stop flights from major destinations in the United States, Canada, and Europe about once a week.
American Airlines in currently the main source of transport between the United States and Guadeloupe. Flights are available on Saturday from Miami, Florida, so it is likely that you'll have to book a connecting flight.
Canada is interesting because flights to the Caribbean are most commonly made out of Toronto, yet it is Montreal that connects to Guadeloupe, perhaps because of their French connection, via Air Canada.
Tourists visiting St. Francois from Europe will find their connection at the London Heathrow Airport. Flights are offered by Air France on a weekly basis. It is also possible to fly to another island in the Caribbean, then take a smaller plane the rest of the way to Guadeloupe.
Daily flights are possible from within the Caribbean thanks to regional carries that include WinAir and LIAT. This makes it easier to work out a trip to St. Francois if you have a specific schedule, because you can fly to another island from numerous locations around the world before transferring to Guadeloupe.
While flights may be limited, flying remains the most popular form of transportation when you're heading to St. Francois from an international location. With only a half an hour drive to complete once you arrive on the island, getting to your final destination is a breeze.
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