St Barth’s Travel by Plane or Boat?
The landing pad of the St. Barth’s airport is only 2170 feet, thus a larger commuter plane won’t be able to land at this airport. But don’t worry the next island over offers a larger landing pad making St Marteen (MSX) as your closest large airport. You can also fly into Puerto Rico, at either airport you can arrive via commuter plane usually 19 seats or smaller from Winstar or St Barth’s commuter, from Juliana airport in St Marteen it is just a 12 minute flight. I was surprised to see how quickly you can arrive and how close to the road the planes arrive. On any given day you will find a small group of people with cameras in hopes of catching a photo or video of the airplanes landing on one of the most beautiful runways amidst the Caribe sea.
We arrived via Voyager Ferry boats from Oyster Bay. The chopping seas inbound to St Barth’s can make someone who dislikes boating a little sick. The Ferry ride back to St Marteen (about 45 minutes) is very enjoyable. However, we encountered a lot of traffic inbound and almost missed our Ferry, in which case you may have to spend the night in St Marteen. If the winds are very strong, this may also be a problem to fly into St Barth’s. Either way, you will get to your paradise destination.