Summer is here and I can’t seem to stop daydreaming about a frozen drink at a swim-up bar with views of gorgeous white sand and the bluest of waters. No, I don’t have a trip booked at this moment, but who knows that could change. Manifesting this. It is helpful to be in Charlotte as we have easy access to Caribbean destinations with 11 magnificent islands a simple nonstop flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. And these are some world-class destinations, a passport is not always required. Whether you share the same perfect vacation as me where you go from the beach to a swim-up pool bar to dinner at a fantastic resort restaurant, or you are more adventure-minded and want to explore and live like the locals.

So browse this list, find the perfect accommodations, and pack your bags. The Caribbean is calling. With so many Caribbean destinations on a short nonstop flight from Charlotte, there really are no excuses! And if you don’t mind a connection, there are even more offerings. All of these flights are offered on American Airlines, thanks to Charlotte Douglas International Airport being a hub. Most run daily and some even have multiple flight times on the weekends. If you book a trip and need someone to tag along, I’m available! And may be booking something now. Who knows?

  • Aruba

    American has a nonstop flight from Charlotte to Oranjestad, Aruba. I have heard many great things when it comes to the island of Aruba. There are tons of things to do like visiting the Butterfly Farm, taking scooters around the island, flamingos at the beach, and more! Aruba has clear blue waters perfect for picture-taking moments on the beach as well.

  • Grand Cayman

    American offers daily non-stop flights to Grand Cayman Island. Check out some of their main attractions like Starfish Pointe, the turtle center, and visit the beaches to do plenty of water activities. Take a crack at snorkeling to see all of the sea life, paddle boarding, scuba diving, and more.

  • Montego Bay

    American offers a direct flight to Montego Bay Jamaica, which is home to many resorts and tourist attractions. Montego Bay is one of the most popular destinations to visit in Jamaica. They have the BEST KFC you can find, horseback riding both on land and in water, catamaran cruises, plenty of nightlife, and shopping. Check out some of the local spots for that true Jamaican flare.

  • Nassau

    Fly direct to Nassau with direct access to the island and nearby Paradise Island on American. When visiting Nassau you can find plenty of shops, beaches, restaurants, and locals to keep you entertained. Take your time to look at all of the local shopping centers to find hidden gems specific to the Bahamas, the local bars, and beach clubs for great drinks, food, and vibes.

  • Providenciales

    The gorgeous teal water of Turks & Caicos is accessible nonstop from Charlotte. Turks & Caicos is the travel spot for many looking for the perfect, blue water to relax next to. Visiting Thursday Fish Fry for a great taste of local flavor or go night snorkeling to see what sea life you can spot under the sea. Makes you feel like a real mermaid!

  • Punta Cana

    The Dominican Republic and its capital of Punta Cana have everything you could want in a tropical vacation, just a short 3.5-hour direct flight from Charlotte. When visiting Punta Cana you have plenty of all-inclusive resorts to enjoy or hotels and Airbnbs nearby. Visit the ecological reserve or go ATV riding through the jungle. There are tons of beaches that offer relaxation and adventure with excursions you can participate in if you choose.

  • San Juan

    Whether you stay in an all-inclusive resort or historic hotel in Old San Juan adventure awaits you in Puerto Rico. And it’s a less than 4-hour direct flight from Charlotte. When visiting Puerto Rico, you won’t need a passport so that is a great bonus. Check out some famous tourist spots and snap photos to capture the memories. Visiting Old San Juan is a must as you can see the culture and history that lies in Puerto Rico.

  • St. Croix

    American offers a direct flight from Charlotte Christiansted St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Another part of the Caribbean that you won’t need a passport. Take a trip to the botanical gardens in the Virgin Islands to capture beautiful moments and views. Enjoy the beach, shop and party with locals, and experience a new side of the Caribbeans.

  • St. Lucia

    Name a better vacation than exploring the mountains, jungles, beaches, and historic sites of St. Lucia. And don’t worry there are plenty of beaches to enjoy the crystal clear waters. And it’s just a nonstop American flight away from Charlotte. 

  • St. Maarten

    St. Maarten shares an island with St. Martin the former being part of The Netherlands and the later French. If you’re looking for a direct flight you’ll want to fly into St. Maarten. Visit a distillery and enjoy a few cocktails. Or go zip-lining through the jungle and see the amazing views from up above.

  • St. Thomas

    You don’t need a passport to visit the US Virgin Islands and St. Thomas. Combine that with a 3-hour and 40-minute direct flight, your Caribbean vacation couldn’t be easier! Enjoy the water, because why not? Go snorkeling, deep sea diving, paddle boarding, and more.

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