With an average flight time from the UK to the Caribbean of between nine and 10 hours, the many non-stop flights to the Caribbean make the islands very accessible.
With a huge number of direct flights from the UK, you can soon be reaching your preferred island. From London's Gatwick airport, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer a huge choice into many of the main island gateways, allowing for onward connections to the smaller islands. In addition, Virgin offers flights from Manchester to Barbados and Thomas Cook has flights from Manchester to St Lucia (UVF), Barbados (BGI) and Antigua (ANU).
St Kitts (SKB), Trinidad (POS), Tobago (TAB) and Grenada (GND) are all served non-stop from London Gatwick, and Caribbean Airlines has commenced flights to Trinidad from Gatwick in addition to BA.
Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM) serves Grand Cayman and is the main international airport for all of the Cayman Islands.
The Dutch Antilles are accessible through a number of airports. Aruba is served by direct flights from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN), and flights arrive at the Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). Bonaire is accessible via Newark, Houston (IAH) and Atlanta (ATL) or via Amsterdam (AMS).
Spanish speaking Cuba has direct flights to Havana (HAV), Varadero (VRA), Holguin (HOG) and Cayo Coco (CCC) from several UK airports, with charter airlines such as Thomas Cook and Thomson offering the bulk of flights along with Virgin Atlantic.
For those who are looking to visit the Dominican Republic, there are many direct flights from London Gatwick (LGW) and Manchester (MAN) and several other regional UK airports to Puerto Plata (POP) and Las Americas International (SDQ), also known as Santo Domingo. In addition, you can reach La Romana (LRM) non-stop from Gatwick and Manchester.
The French Caribbean islands of St Martin (SXM), Guadelope (PTP) Martinique (MQ) and Dominica are reached via European airports such as Paris, and the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are accessed via the US or main Caribbean gateways.
There are 57 airports within the Bahamas, including the three international airports of Nassau (NSA), Grand Bahama Island (GBI) and Exuma International Airport (GGT). Direct flights to Nassau (NSA) are available from London Heathrow (LHR) or via US cities such as New York, Miami (MIA) or Orlando (MCO). Grand Cayman's airport at Providenciales is reached with an onward connection from the Nassau flights from the UK.
UK flights are available to Kingston (KIN) and Montego Bay (MBJ) for those who are looking to visit Jamaica, along with some charter flights from airports such as Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.