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Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

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Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

We are spending 3 days 4 nights in Barbados the first week of February then want to go onto St. Maarten...mainly because it's the only place we can find a half decent flight home from (using miles, but still has a stop) I have a flight held from St Maarten home until midnight tomorow. Trying to figure this out fast.

The problem is getting from Barbados to St. Maarten. Liat only has early flights with one stop or afternoon flights with 2 to 3 stops and plane changes. It seems risky to have the plane changes on other islands and then it takes 4 hours to get to St Maarten. Crazy.

Liat's site says to arrive 2 hours prior to flights that you must be checked in 45 minutes prior. All airlines recommend arriving 2 hours early. Is it really necessary to check in that much before your flight? That would mean getting up at 5am....really Hate! getting up early, especially on vacation. I won't sleep all night knowing we have to get up that early! Could we check in at 7am for an 8:20 flight?

Also, are there other carriers, small hopper flights to the other islands? So far Liat is all that is coming up. Can't find anything non stop or one stop in afternoon.

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1. Re: Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

Have you tried Caribbean Airlines (CAL) who operate a direct flight (1 hour 15 minutes) up to three days a week. One way flight from US$246.91.

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2. Re: Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

The flighs on Feb 7th are to port of spain friday night then onto st maarten in the morning. Worse than Liat unfortunatley. Our best option currently takes 4 hours and has 2 stops. Frustrating when it's a 1 hour 15 minute flight away. We were hoping we missed an option, that there was another small carrier we didn't know about.

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3. Re: Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

There is a Saturday morning flight non stop to St. Maarten. We could change hotels for Friday night the 7th and stay near the airport and leave early Saturday. (We are at the Fairmont using free night certificates and they are booked solid for Friday the 7th, no option of buying a night there)

How long does it take to get to the airport from the area of the fairmont? We could stay and a hotel near it.

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4. Re: Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

30-40 minutes depending on the time of day and traffic.

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5. Re: Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

We only found non stops at that length on Saturday mornings. We have to fly on Friday

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6. Re: Getting from Barbados to St. Maarten

You will need to arrive at the airport as specified given that LIAT can sometimes leave up to 30 minutes prior to departure or 30 hours after hence the regional names LIAT-Leave island any time.

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