As you know, the Caribbean is comprised of many islands, some big and some small. If your vacation plans include visiting multiple islands (a practice known as “island-hopping”), you have several ways of traveling among the islands. If you're taking a Caribbean cruise, your itinerary will most likely include stops at several Caribbean destinations. If you're flying directly to the Caribbean, transportation among the islands is possible using smaller local, inter-island airlines or by boat. TABLE 2-3 lists several of the inter-island airlines.
When contacting these airlines, ask about special promotions and travel packages for tourists. Several offer Caribbean “hopper passes,” which enable you to take a certain number of trips to any of the Caribbean islands the airline services within a certain time period, such as a week or thirty days. These passes are an excellent way to explore the Caribbean relatively inexpensively.
Island-hopping via ferry and other kinds of boats is a much less expensive way to visit various Caribbean islands. This mode of transportation, of course, takes longer than flying, so it may not be an option for you if your vacation is a short one. Reservations for these boats are recommended during the peak travel season, but they aren't always required.
Additional information about hopping to and from specific islands is included in Chapters 6 through 17, each devoted to a particular island.
When traveling to the Caribbean, you must have a valid passport as well as all necessary travel documentation. If you're arriving by air, you must be able to present a return airline ticket or a ticket showing you'll be going on to visit additional destinations upon your departure.