Go to This Caribbean Island in 2016 Before the New Airport Brings the Crowds (and It’s Not Cuba)

Things change fast when a Caribbean island has a major airport and a major cruise ship harbor.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines have lacked both, but that is soon to change. I was alerted by the Frommer’s Best Places to Go in 2016, and accompanying podcast (listen here).

Argyle International Airport, under construction since 2008 and delayed since 2012, looks set to open in 2016 as early as March. The current, small E.T. Joshua Airport is served by local carriers, primarily out of Barbados.

My visit was curtailed due to a hurricane and LIAT operational issues, though I liked what I saw in St Vincent and wish I had time to see some of the Grenadines.

You can go now picking up a local carrier, or once the airport opens, be on one of the first big flights before word spreads of this newly accessible Caribbean destination.

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  • Maxi

    I feel like LIAT has operational issues every day on every flight. Avoid flying with them!

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Maxi – oh boy did I learn that lesson on that trip. Stranded for 2 days in Dominica.

  • Ron Wargo

    How were you able to use points for booking Choice hotels in Norway?

  • Rapid Travel Chai

    @Ron Wargo – Choice has quite a few hotels across Europe, some as low as 8,000 in good locations. In my stops in Oslo and Tromsø both had several at 16,000 with breakfast and one with evening smorgasbord. Choice also has a lot in Australia though award prices often high.