Travel Planning
Lesser Antilles
Travel Planning
Lesser Antilles

Lesser Antilles at a Glance

The Lesser Antilles are a long string of islands that form the eastern boundary of the Caribbean Sea. Many of these small islands are volcanic and tourists can split their time between beach activities and fascinating hiking and sightseeing in the interior.  

Visit the French overseas territories Martinique and Guadeloupe for eco-tourism, beach sports, and a strong French influence over language, food and culture.

The Netherlands administers Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire and these luxurious islands have a reputation for good living.

Funky Trinidad and Tobago is a two-island nation with a strong music culture, fun carnivals and excellent diving opportunities. 

The British Virgin Islands have good beaches and beautiful mountainous interiors. The U.S. Virgin Islands have a resort for every budget. 


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Popular Places
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  • U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands
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Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Piarco International Airport
  • Major Airport Grantley Adams International Airport
  • Major Airport Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport
  • Major Airport Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport
  • Major Airport E. T Joshua Airport
  • Major Airport Cyril E. King 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. Use your common sense and avoid leaving items unattended on the beach and in cars. Avoid flashing cash and keep your passport stowed in a hotel safe or in a money belt. 

Health Concerns Travelers to the Lesser 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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