When it’s time for that long-awaited tropical vacation, the last thing we want is to spend a lot of time in multiple airports waiting for connecting flights and praying that they’re not canceled. Direct flights are typically more expensive, which makes this a much tougher decision for a lot of travelers, but if you ask anyone who has ever had to sprint from one terminal to another to make the next flight, price suddenly might not matter as much.
If you live in or near Washington D.C. and you’re dreaming of escaping to the Caribbean, you have some great options for direct flights. It’s all a matter of which island you prefer and how much you can afford for airfare, and the latter might actually help you choose the former if you’re traveling to this region for the first time.
Here are the direct flights offered by major airlines from Dulles International Airport (IAD), Reagan National Airport (DCA), and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).
DC travelers can enjoy nonstop service from IAD to Aruba, Barbados, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Nassau (Bahamas), Turks and Caicos, Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), St. Thomas (USVI), and St. Maarten.
Direct flights are available from DCA to San Juan (Puerto Rico).
Take off from BWI for nonstop trips to Aruba, Montego Bay (Jamaica), Nassau (Bahamas), Punta Cana (DR), and San Juan (PR).