MBJ Airports Limited, operators of the Sangster International Airport in St James, has obtained airport health accreditation from the Airports Council International Latin America and the Caribbean (ACI-LAC), the first airport in the Caribbean to do so.
Best Airports in Jamaica
Fly to one of these Jamaican airports for a Caribbean experience like no other.
Jamaica is the third-largest island in the Caribbean with gorgeous views, unique culture, fantastic activities, unreal landscapes, and unforgettable hospitality. Not to mention mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets, blue waters, and calm breezes, all of which will leave you wanting more.
Jamaica isn’t just a beach vacation; it is an experience. After all, it is the home of diversity. With the beat of reggae, delicious foods, cold drinks, you will get the chance to experience heaven on earth.
But how do you get to Jamaica? What airports should you fly into to for the best experience? How many international airport options are available? Do you have to fly domestically to arrive at your destination?
Answering these questions can feel overwhelming. Luckily, we are here to help. At Serenity Villa, we want to make your Jamaican experience as smooth and straightforward as possible. That’s why we offer gorgeous ocean-front accommodation with a full personal staff for your stay.
We want you to get to Jamaica as comfortably as possible as well. We have curated a list of the best airports to fly into. If you want more information about the best time to visit Jamaica, check out the article here. If you want to learn how to skip the US customs line, check here.
There are three international airports in Jamaica: Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, and Ian Fleming International Airport in Ocho Rios.
Sangster International Airport
Sangster International Airport, considered the gateway to the Caribbean, is located in Montego Bay, the main entry point for most tourists. It is the recommended entry point if you’re traveling to Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, or Negril.
This airport is well-established, serving 9 million people yearly, which means all the amenities are well cared for, so you don’t have to worry about anything. Taxis, hotel shuttles, and car rental companies are available upon arrival to assist you to your destination.
And if you’re flying in on a private jet, it’s all good because Sangster International Airport has a private jet area with Immigration and Customs available.
Norman Manley International Airport
Norman Manley International Airport is located in Kingston, which is the capital and largest city in Jamaica. A diverse hub, it is a good option if you’re visiting the capital city, Port Antonio, or the Blue Mountains.
However, it isn’t a common choice for tourists. Mainly, the airport is used by locals or business travelers. But if you do arrive at this airport for business or pleasure, ground transportation (car rentals, taxis, tour operators) is available to take you straight to downtown or business centers.
Ian Fleming International Airport
Ian Fleming International Airport is Jamaica’s newest airport. Famously named after the British author of the James Bond novels, it is located in Boscobel, close to Ocho Rios, in northern Jamaica.
Located only 10 km from the city of Ocho Rios, getting to your beachfront hotel and resort district is as simple as hopping into a taxi or renting a car. Although convenient, most people still choose to arrive at Sangster International Airport before heading to Ocho Rios.
Despite being an international airport, very little is known about this single-terminal facility. And you will not find many international flights using it as an arrival point of entry. But if you do, it is a great option.
People always ask if there are domestic airports in Jamaica. There are. Taking your time and driving to get to your destination is good. However, some people prefer to cut down their travel time to see as much as possible, in which case you can use domestic airplanes and helicopter facilities.
Tinson Pen Airport is located in the heart of Kingston, and it is the largest domestic airport. This airport is the link between Montego Bay and Kingston and is mainly used by business travelers.
Negril Aerodrome is located in Negril. It is one of the best airports in Jamaica for tourists but for that reason, it does not offer night flights.
Ken Jones Aerodrome
Ken Jones Aerodrome is located in Port Antonio. As a well-established airport, just like Negril Airport, it serves mainly tourists. It isn’t as busy as Negril Aerodrome, which makes it a great landing point.
AIRSTRIPS TO CHECK OUT
The airports listed above are the main ones, but once you’re in Jamaica, there are some great airstrips to check out. If you book chartered or helicopter services, you may land at one of these locations.
Kirkvine Airstrip Community
Located 65 km from the Sangster Airport, it is an airstrip serving Mandeville City. If you’re driving by, definitely check it out, as it’s a unique little spot.
Located 20 km from Kingston, it is an airstrip that serves the town of Bog Walk in St. Catherine Parish in Jamaica.
The airstrip serves Manchioneal, a Caribbean Coastal Town, and the exciting aspect of this airstrip is that the departure is over the water, so the views are stunning.
BOOKING YOUR TRIP
Now that you’re an expert on the available airports, it’s time to book your trip.
Ocho Rios has transformed from a quiet fishing port to a bustling tourist destination with everything you need. From cruise boats to sandy beaches and calm waters, there is something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a peaceful, relaxing vacation, this is the place as it’s not as busy as Montego Bay or Kingston.
If you stay at Villa Serenity, you’ll have the opportunity to partake in numerous activities, such as snorkeling, inner tubing, sightseeing, and more. With a bustling food scene, you will find an unlimited variety of restaurant and café options in Ocho Rios.
For your stay at Villa Serenity, it is recommended to land at Sangster International Airport.
However, if flights are booked and you’re given another option, don’t worry. Every airport and local service will work tirelessly to ensure you get to your destination as comfortably and safely as possible. Contact us here if you need help or recommendations.
We cannot wait to have you stay with us!