Take off from Terrance B. Lettsome ap, 4 m NE of the capital
Road Town. There are lots of bays, beaches and resorts to explore on this trip. I have set the waypoints to the most obvious points in the landscape but have fun and explore! The British Virgin Islands has some of the highest terrain in the Carribean, with Sage Mountain National Park exceeding 2,000 ft.
Caribbean Netherlands consists of the islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. Bonaire is about 40 nm N of Venezuela. Follow the coast of Bonaire, visiting the enormous saltworks and their colourful drying pans south of the airport.
Take off from Gerrard-Smith International MWCB and explore the two smaller islands of the Cayman trilogy. Follow South Side Road along the southern shoreline to Pollard Bay and fly around the coast, back to the airport and then cross 5 miles of shark infested ocean to Little Cayman.
Grand Cayman is a major cruise ship destination and the largest in the Cayman's chain, the other two being Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. Fly out of the capital George Town and circumnavigate Grand Cayman Island.
Explore the Bay of Cardenas, 60 miles east of Havana. At about 3 miles past WP1 you will fly past Kawama Aerodrome / Santa Marta Airport MUKW on your right, at the base of the Hicacos Peninsula.
12 nm - WP 1: Bay of Camarioca
40 nm: WP 1 & 2: Hicacos Peninsula
67 nm: Entire route
Take off from Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba's capital city Havana and explore the countryside down to the south coast. Along the way familiarise yourself with the location of three other airports.
The lake at WP 1 is a good reference for approaching RWY 24, being 3 miles from the threshold.
Return trip options:
20 nm: San Antonio de los Banos Airport MUSA at WP 6
34 nm: Batabano Airport MUBO (Agricultural) at WP 5
40 nm: Lake at WP 1 and the dam at WP 2
56 nm: Juan de la Cruz Airport MUGU at WP 5
75 nm: Entire route
Fly out of Jose Marti International Airport in Cuba's capital city Havana and explore the local coastline. The lake at WP 1 is a good reference for approaching RWY 24, being 3 miles from the threshold.
Return trip options:
17 nm: Centre of Havana, WP 4
37 nm: NE shore and Havana: WP 1,2,3,4
48 nm: NW shore and Havana: WP 4,5,6
69 nm: Entire route
Fly out of Orestes Acosta MUMO at the town of Moa on Cuba's north east coast. Moa is dominated by the nickel mining operation at the Pedro Soto Alba Nickel Plant. Fly west through the Pico Cristal National Park and return along the north coast.
34 nm: Guajaco Uno
50 nm: Dam at WP 1, WP2 Guajaco Uno
101 nm: Entire route
Take off from Rafael Cabrera (MUNG) and find the fountain of youth on the Isla de la Juventud in the Gulf of Batanabo.
9 nm - Across Nueva Gerona, north of the airport
16 nm - to Las Nuevas Lake at WP 2
71 nm - Entire Route
Located 45 nm east of Havana, Matanzas is capital of the Province of Matanzas. Take off from Juan G. Gomez International Airport. Fly to Matanzas, over several large lakes and return along the coast from Santa Cruz del Norte, about 20 miles east of Havana.
15 nm: WP 1, Matanzas
36 nm: WP 1,2 - Caunavaco Dam
60 nm: Entire route
La Coloma MULM is the longest airfield in this area. This fertile region hosts a bevy of agricultural airstrips. Take a light aircraft, check out the farms and do touch and go's at the strips.
NOTAM: The large lake Embalse el Punto (2 miles EW, 3 miles NS) is about 2 miles from the threshold of RWY 25 at La Coloma.
11 nm - Pinar del Rio at WP 9
14 nm - La Coloma Port at WP 1
27 nm - WP 1,2
75 nm - Entire route
Santiago de Cuba is the second-largest city in Cuba and the capital city of Santiago de Cuba Province. Take off from Antonio Maceo International Airport MUCU and visit 7 of the local water cachements. See how many others you can spot on your trip!
11 nm: Fly north for 5 miles across the city of Santiago de Cuba
23 nm: WP 7, Blanka Lake Dam
85 nm: Entire route
Take off from Willemstad Airport TNCC, aka Hato International Airport and fly to the east end of Curacao. At the eastern end of Curacao youi can see the tiny uninhabited island of Klein Curacao about 6 nm offshore.
4 nm: Piscadera Bay
10 nm: Willemstad Harbour
15 nm: Curacao Sea Aquarium & Dolphin Academy
20 nm: Sint Joris Bay
31 nm: Eastpoint / Oostpunt
35 nm: Entire route
Follow the rugged coastline around the Island country of Dominica in the east Caribbean, north of Guyana and Venezuela. It's closest neighbours are Base-Terre to the north and Martinique to the south.
Routes (return distance):
3 nm: South to Roseau
15 nm: Scotts Head
28 nm: Straight line to Douglas-Charles Airport at WP 4
64 nm: Entire route
Punta Cana is a resort town at the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic. Check out 34 miles of resorts to the NE and return via the El Prieto and La Colora mountains.
17 nm: Punta Espada at WP 4 |
70 nm: Laguna del Limon |
91 nm: Entire route
Fly out of Santa Cruz de Barahona 60 nautical miles east of the Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo and marvel at the natural wonders in the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park.
NOTAM: The Haiti / Dominican Republic border runs through the mid point of Playita de Punta dam. The border ascends into the mountains after WP 2 and there are no visible clues as to where it is. WP 3-4 take you straight along the border from 5 miles after WP 3.
44 nm: NW to Lake Enriquillo
101 nm: Coastal flight, straight to WP 4 - Pedernales Beach, return along the coast via WP 5-8 155 nm: Entire route
Go to the highest point in the entire Caribbean. At 10,164 ft the Pico Duarte is located almost exactly in thecentre of the island continent of Haiti / Dominican Republic.
35 nm: WP 1 - Port town of Puerto Viejo
44 nm: WP 7 - Presa de Sanameta Yegua (Dam)
96 nm: WP 5 - Pico Duarte
148 nm: Entire route
Explore the lush valleys and go dam-spotting to the north west of the Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo.
53 nm: Fly across Santo Domingo to WP 1, return along the coast via WP 8,9,10
72 nm: Fly across Santo Domingo to WP 1, 2 dams at WP 6, return along the coast via WP 7,8,9,10
130 nm: Entire route
Fly east of the Dominican Republic's capital Santo Domingo to San Pedro De Macoris then go inland to a small strip near San Jose de los Llanos.
31 nm: San Jose de los Llanos
40 nm: San Pedro de Macoris
50 nm: Entire route