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Aerial view of a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Isla Verde, San JuanView All Sizes

JOURNAL : July 5, 2003

San Juan to St. Thomas by Seaplane

Caribbean > Caribbean

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 Rico

San Juan, Puerto RicoView All Sizes

Shootin' Through Glass

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.

De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, Seaplane at San Juan, Puerto Rico

De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin OtterView All Sizes

Unknown Island near CulebraView All Sizes

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.

Aerial view of a beach near San Juan, Puerto Rico

Beach, Puerto RicoView All Sizes

Water Island in St. Thomas Harbor

Water Island in St. Thomas HarborView All Sizes

Unknown Caribbean Island from the Seaplane

Unknown IslandView All Sizes

Elephant Bay, Water Island. Boats on the Caribbean at St. Thomas, USVI

Elephant Bay, Water Island, as we landed.View All Sizes

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Aerial View of San Juan, Puerto RicoView All Sizes

Out Over the Caribbean

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, St. Thomas, USVI

Arriving in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

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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San Juan to St. Thomas by Seaplane

July 5, 2003

Caribbean > Caribbean

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