Isla Verde, San JuanView All Sizes
JOURNAL : July 5, 2003
|Series||San Juan to St. Thomas by Seaplane|
One way to get to St. Thomas from San Juan, Puerto Rico is by amphibious aircraft. We've had several great experiences with Seaborne Airlines and highly recommend them. Tickets are usually $80 - $100 USD and the trip is awesome.
On the way to the U.S. Virgin Islands a string of jewel-like Caribbean islands roll by below. Taking off and landing on water is very smooth — none of that horrible jolting when wheels meet asphalt. It's hard to tell when the floats actually touch the water. Seaplanes also operate at much lower altitudes than commercial jet aircraft, closer to the vista and the action.
San Juan, Puerto RicoView All Sizes
The only unfortunate part of this exciting episode is that I had to shoot through the window like the glider ride over Mokuleia or the helicopter trip to Mendenhall Glacier or up in the London Eye. This affects the exposure, color quality and detail. Despite this, the photos came out presentable.
Above, Isla Verde is the main beach in San Juan. Exactly one week before this flight we were jet-skiing in front of those same hotels. In the upper left is the airport.
Puerto Rico was very green and scenic. From the air it looks like a vast garden.
Beach, Puerto RicoView All Sizes
Water Island in St. Thomas HarborView All Sizes
Unknown IslandView All Sizes
Elephant Bay, Water Island, as we landed.View All Sizes
Aerial View of San Juan, Puerto RicoView All Sizes
Islands started right away. The ocean was a transparent blue and boats buzzed all around in silent slow-motion, leaving white wispy wakes. A few islands were habitated, but most were not. On another day, I'd like to rent a sailboat or motor boat and check out these islands in more depth, like diving or snorkeling depth.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
Charlotte Amalie is spread out along the curve of the bay. The seaplane whisked in to this scenic port and taxied into Seaborne's terminal. Once deposited in the harbor area, we walked around town a bit, then grabbed the ferry to St. John so we could camp out for a week in Cinnamon Bay.
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July 5, 2003
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