St Vincent’s new international airport (airport code SVD) opened in February 2017, enabling direct flights to and from SVG.
If you are arriving on a Saturday for a course starting on a Sunday, you may also want to check out accommodation options for the night before your course. You could also choose to arrive earlier or stay for a few days after your course to get to know St. Vincent better!
Before getting into routing details, two important messages.
- While it is very rare, there can be circumstances under which BOSS is forced to cancel a course, due to weather, a serious issue involving one of our yachts that unexpectantly makes it unavailable for use, a health issue that prevents an instructor from teaching as planned, etc. If BOSS is forced to cancel a course, we will of course offer a full refund, but we strongly advise course participants to purchase trip interruption or cancellation insurance to ensure that you can recover travel costs in the extremely rare event of a cancellation.
- For the same reasons, course participants should consider booking airfares that are refundable with little or no change fees in the event that you need to make changes to your travel plans.
American Airlines – Miami [MIA]
Wednesdays and Saturdays, MIA-SVD: year round.
For our Sunday to Saturday courses, you can arrive on Saturday, start the course on Sunday, and catch a return flight the following Saturday afternoon. You can book a room at the base for Saturday night.
Feb 2023 Update: looks like AA is running three return flights per week from MIA to SVD on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays
Caribbean Airlines – New York [JFK]
Flight days vary. Check the airline website for the best combination of flights to accommodate a Sunday to Saturday course.
Air Canada – Toronto [YYZ]
There are direct flights from YYZ-SVD some days of the week, and you can also connect via Barbados.
As of Feb 2023, there are direct flights from YYZ-SVD on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
For a Sunday to Saturday course, you can fly in on Thursday or Friday, and leave on Monday or Tuesday after your course.
Connecting through Barbados
There are daily flights to Barbados from Toronto and Montreal. For a Sunday to Saturday course, you can catch a daily flight from Toronto-Barbados (BGI), connecting to SVG on Intercaribbean Airways on Friday or Saturday. While you can also return home through Barbados after the course, the American Airlines Miami flights is also an option for the return.
There are sometimes significant pricing differentials in the cost of flights to and from SVD. Don’t try to search for or book a two-way return flight, or you may get sticker shock. Search for and book each leg separately. If any of the AC flight segments are overpriced, you have the option to connect via the American Airlines Miami direct flights, or connecting through Barbados as discussed above.
Direct flights LHR-SVD now operational on Wednesdays and Sundays. For our Sunday to Saturday courses, fly here on a Wednesday, start your course on Sunday, and return home the following Sunday.
If you are having difficulty finding flights, contact us as we may be able to provide guidance.
- Our airport in St Vincent is Argyle International (AIA) airport code – SVD
- Barbados – Grantley Adams International Airport – BGI
- St Lucia – Hewanorra International Airport – UVF
- St Lucia – George Charles Airport – SLU
- Grenada – Maurice Bishop International Airport – GND
- San Juan, Puerto Rico – Luis Munoz Marin International Airport – SJU
- Port of Spain, Trinidad – Piarco International Airport – POS
When You Arrive
Our full-service charter base is a 20-minute drive from St Vincent’s airport. We are located at Blue Lagoon, the best protected harbour on St Vincent’s south coast.
If you’ve notified us of your flight details and arrival time, we’ll be happy to send a taxi to meet you at St Vincent’s Argyle International Airport. The ride to our base takes about 20 minutes and costs $6 per person (minimum 4 person charge). Someone will be here to meet you at the base, show you to your room, and if you desire, direct you to Driftwood, our restaurant / bar for refreshment after your long day of travel.
- From North America, in addition to direct flights noted above, there may be scheduled flights to St Lucia (UVF) and Barbados (BGI) from New York (JFK), Miami (MIA) and Toronto (YYZ).
- Barbados (BGI) is usually the best transit airport as there are regular flights to St Vincent.
- From Europe, the best route is usually from London (LGW) to Barbados BGI (British Airways and Virgin Atlantic), then connecting to St Vincent (SVD).
- Both from North America and from Europe, Trinidad (POS) is another possible hub, though note that this route may require guests to overnight there either on the way out or on the way home and there have also been instances of the connecting flight from Trinidad to St Vincent being cancelled.
- Other possibilities from Europe would be from Paris (PAR) or Amsterdam (AMS) to St Maarten (SXM), although the connection to SVD is currently suspended due to Covid
- San Juan (SJU) is a possible hub, but the cost is likely to be higher than routing via Barbados (BGI)
- If flying via St Lucia, remember that there are two airports there. Most international flights arrive at and depart from Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) but check with your airline to be sure, as (UVF) is an expensive, one-hour taxi ride from the other airport, George Charles (SLU).
Despite some web sites advertising a ferry service, there are currently NO international ferry services to or from St Vincent.
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