tropic

Tropic Ocean Airways provides a highly personalized, stylish, and adventurous experience from the moment you first arrive at a private terminal. Tropic’s seaplanes land directly at destinations normally accessible only by boat, or helicopter; perhaps, your own private island residence as well. Have destinations in mind without a runway? Perfect.

When a runway is your only option, our Cessna Grand Caravan EX wheeled aircraft will take you where you need to go.  Experience a luxurious, fast, and well-equipped airplane to meet your travel needs.

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Tropic was founded by a Navy TOPGUN fighter pilot Rob Ceravolo, and is managed by US Veterans. Our Team consists of highly-motivated professionals with a passion for travel and providing a bespoke service to our guests.  The Tropic family consists of experienced pilots, first-class sales center, and in house maintenance facility.  Our pilots with over 100+ years of combined flying experience operating in tropical and harsh environments.  Our sales center is ready to create bespoke packages and itineraries customs tailored to meet your lifestyle.  Our maintenance staff stays active in ensuring that safety remains a top priority and we service our own planes to ensure quality standards are not just met, but exceeded.

Through the years, we are proud to be Florida’s premiere seaplane operator, offering private charters to The Bahamas and throughout Florida and the Keys.Our seaplanes are amphibious and able to preform water based, or runway landings and departures. Several popular destinations we fly to include, Bimini, Fresh Creek, Great Guana Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Harbor Island, Hope Town, Kamalame Cay, and most Bahamian Out Islands—Eleuthera, Abaco, Exuma, and etc. Bimini is considered our home island where we first began running scheduled service to the Bahamas in 2011 due to its popular demand.

Tropic travels to many remote destinations in the Bahamas catering to the private residences of celebrities, international corporations, and homeowners that are in search of luxury, style, and solitude. We provide yacht provisioning to bring crew, supplies, and air ambulance flights saving time, money, and resources for boat operators and their guests. When traveling to destinations where there is no dock or ramp for the planes to operate, we arrange a boat transfer from the plane to your destination. This is what makes Tropic unique and why people choose our airline as their preferred choice.

Flying is generally the most enjoyable part of a person’s travel, however it normally goes south once a person arrives at a commercial terminal—long TSA wait times, Customs and Borders enforcement zones, common flight delays, and public waiting areas often one and half (1.5) to two (2) hours wait times. Tropic operates out of Sheltair, a private terminal at Fort Lauderdale International, and provides exceptional service making your trip seamless and efficient. Sheltair provides free parking and a gourmet cafeteria while you await your departure.  A dedicated sales agent will greet you at the terminal and assist you with your check-in procedure, baggage, and walk you to your flight. When you return from your trip, Tropic’s pilot will walk you and your family through  private US Customs enforcement zone, where you will be on your way in approximately 15 minutes.

Additionally, we utilize the Miami Seaplane Base located behind the Children’s Museum on Watson Island. The channel is a cruise ship port in Miami and  is a water landing  / takeoff.The Miami Seaplane Base is also a dedicated seaplane museum decorated with Chalks and PAN-AM memorabilia. Free parking is included and the private terminal employees are there to assist you and answer all your questions.Our pilots will ensure that all of the proper paperwork is completed and provided to customs. On your way to your final destination we stop at the nearest Bahamian Customs location, such as Bimini or Nassau, to clear and fly to your final destination.

We are here for you to provide last minute flights as we know schedules can change at a moments notice. We have a two (2) hour minimum time the flight must be booked before departure. Regardless of your departure and arrival destination, our dedicated sales staff will ensure every detail is handled on your behalf. To our trained staff, the small details count the most.

To many of our guests, colleagues, and comrades in the skies, the aviation industry is broken. People used to look forward to the flying experience, and along the way something changed.  Through the love of flying seaplanes and the unparalleled way to fly, Tropic Ocean Airways was founded to change the way flying should be. Most importantly, our guests (not passengers or clients) are the reason we stay afloat.  Not because the money, but the experience we share and the memories created by flying in our unconventional style.  Sound too good to be true?  Then that person has probably never flown in a seaplane, much less with Tropic Ocean Airways.