Travel Planning
Greater Antilles
Travel Planning
Greater Antilles

Greater Antilles at a Glance

The Greater Antilles include the Cayman Islands, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico. Come to the Greater Antilles to experience the French, Spanish, English and Creole speaking islands as well as their unique cultures. 

Puerto Rico is a U.S. Territory, but has a rich Spanish history. Visit its warm beaches, or spend a day in San Juan exploring colonial architecture. 

The Dominican Republic is a beach destination with a fascinating interior. Take in the Dominican Republic's famous white sands. For a different kind of trip, explore the dramatic headlands that abut the coast, or hike the interior volcanoes. 

Jamaica is a fascinating place to visit. Tourists love the coastal resorts, inland jungles and famous waterfalls. At night, groove to the island's best musicians and enjoy famous Jamaican-style beach parties.  


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  • Cayman Islands Cayman Islands
  • Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
  • Jamaica Jamaica
  • Puerto Rico Puerto Rico
Popular Places
  • Grand Cayman Grand Cayman
  • San Juan San Juan
  • Punta Cana Punta Cana
  • Ocho Rios Ocho Rios
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Sir Donald Sangster International Airport
  • Major Airport Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
  • Major Airport Las Americas International Airport
  • Major Airport Owen Roberts International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Visa requirements differ from nation to nation. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit for details. American citizens can use the U.S State Department website as a starting place for researching travel requirements. 

Need to Know

Severe Weather June to November is the Atlantic Hurricane season. Travelers during this time may encounter anything from increased thunderstorms and rain to violent tropical storms and hurricanes.

Safety Concerns Each island and area has its own safety concerns so it's a good idea to research before you go. The U.S State Department website posts travel alerts and warnings, which sometimes include islands in the Greater Antilles. 

Health Concerns Travelers to the Greater Antilles should purify local water before drinking it in most locations. Speak with your doctor at least two months before your trip to schedule any needed immunizations and to discuss health concerns. Insect repellent, sunscreen and plenty of water will keep travelers healthy and comfortable in the Caribbean heat. 

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