You Say Grenada, I Say Granada: 8 Pairs of Destinations That Sound Alike, But are Totally Different

by Tommy Burson

You Say Grenada, I Say Granada: 8 Pairs of Destinations That Sound Alike, But are Totally Different

by Tommy Burson

It sounds impossible to buy a ticket to the wrong destination, right? You’d never mistake York, England for New York State. But would you notice an airline issuing a plane ticket for Grenada instead of Granada, like British Airways once did? Or the 1,500-mile difference between airline codes SJO and SJU? Believe it or not, these things do happen, and these commonly confused destinations should make you check your boarding pass.

It sounds impossible to buy a ticket to the wrong destination, right? You’d never mistake York, England for New York State. But would you notice an airline issuing a plane ticket for Grenada instead of Granada, like British Airways once did? Or the 1,500-mile difference between airline codes SJO and SJU? Believe it or not, these things do happen, and these commonly confused destinations should make you check your boarding pass.

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Grenada
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Grenada

Grenada, Granada; potato, potatah… Or not. Grenada is the Caribbean “island of spice” located off the coast of Venezuela. 

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Grenada, Granada; potato, potatah… Or not. Grenada is the Caribbean “island of spice” located off the coast of Venezuela. 

Granada
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Granada

Granada is Spain’s premier ski resort on the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unfortunately for a sad American couple, a few days of Spanish history turned into a few days on an island.

Read more: The Best Things to Do in Spain
 

Granada is Spain’s premier ski resort on the edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Unfortunately for a sad American couple, a few days of Spanish history turned into a few days on an island.

Salvador, Brazil
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Salvador, Brazil

Salvador is a pristine coastal town in northeastern Brazil.

Read more: What to See, Do, and Eat in Sexy Rio de Janeiro
 

Salvador is a pristine coastal town in northeastern Brazil.

El Salvador
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El Salvador

El Salvador, on the other hand, is a Central American country that attracts surfers from around the world. 

Read more: 4 Reasons to Take an Eco-Vacation to El Salvador
 

El Salvador, on the other hand, is a Central American country that attracts surfers from around the world. 

San Salvador, Bahamas
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San Salvador, Bahamas

Taking this Salvador conundrum even further, San Salvador is supposedly the Caribbean island on which Columbus landed in 1492. 

Read more: A Budget Weekend on Bimini, Bahamas
 

Taking this Salvador conundrum even further, San Salvador is supposedly the Caribbean island on which Columbus landed in 1492. 

San Jose, California
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San Jose, California

California city or Costa Rica's capital? One is a tech hub, the other a starting point to tropical paradise. Needless to say, a quick way to spoil a vacation is by finding yourself in Silicon Valley rather than the beaches or jungle.

Read more: 5 Geeky Reasons to Visit Silicon Valley
 

One is a tech hub, the other a starting point to tropical paradise. Needless to say, a quick way to spoil a vacation is by finding yourself in Silicon Valley rather than the beaches or jungle.

San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica

Though we probably wouldn't complain if our business trip sends us into lush rain forests and vibrant beaches...even if our colleagues don't make it there. Double-check your itinerary before booking a flight to either San Jose.

Read more: Stay 3 Ways, from Budget to Splurge: Costa Rica
 

Though we probably wouldn't complain if our business trip sends us into lush rain forests and vibrant beaches...even if our colleagues don't make it there. Double-check your itinerary before booking a flight to either San Jose.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico

How could anyone mix up San Jose and San Juan, you ask? This mix-up here lies in the airline code. Juan Santamaria Airport operates under the code SJO, and San Juan’s airport code is SJU. One wrong keystroke and you’re landing 1,300 miles in the wrong direction.

Read more: How Much It Costs to Explore Puerto Rico: Independently vs. With a Guide
 

How could anyone mix up San Jose and San Juan, you ask? This mix-up here lies in the airline code. Juan Santamaria Airport operates under the code SJO, and San Juan’s airport code is SJU. One wrong keystroke and you’re landing 1,300 miles in the wrong direction.

Panama City, Panama
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Panama City, Panama

Imagine a group of revelrous spring breakers ready to celebrate graduation only to be stuck watching vessels sail through the Miraflores Locks in Panama. While both cities have beautiful beaches and accept the U.S. dollar as currency, Panama's capital acts as the gateway of the Atlantic to the Pacific and, well, speaks Spanish.

Read more: 3 Ways to Experience Panama City, Panama
 

Imagine a group of revelrous spring breakers ready to celebrate graduation only to be stuck watching vessels sail through the Miraflores Locks in Panama. While both cities have beautiful beaches and accept the U.S. dollar as currency, Panama's capital acts as the gateway of the Atlantic to the Pacific and, well, speaks Spanish.

Panama City, Florida
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Panama City, Florida

Florida's Panama City is probably best known as the city where you totally got your party on at your high school reunion.

Read more: 6 Under-the-Radar, Affordable North Florida Beaches
 

Florida's Panama City is probably best known as the city where you totally got your party on at your high school reunion.

 

 

St. Petersburg, Russia
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St. Petersburg, Russia

This city is Russian and is situated along the Baltic, just south of the Arctic Circle. 

Read more: St. Petersburg Port Review

This city is Russian and is situated along the Baltic, just south of the Arctic Circle. 

 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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St. Petersburg, Florida

The other St. Petersburg holds the largest pride parade in Florida. Could these cities be any more opposite? Still, on the off chance you made a typo while booking, Russia may not be the place to arrive dressed in lime green booty shorts and glittery eyebrows.

Read more: St. Pete, Florida: 3 Ways to Explore
 

The other St. Petersburg holds the largest pride parade in Florida. Could these cities be any more opposite? Still, on the off chance you made a typo while booking, Russia may not be the place to arrive dressed in lime green booty shorts and glittery eyebrows.

Dakar, Senegal
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Dakar, Senegal

Pity the American couple who ended up 7,000 miles from their destination after an airport code error sent them to Dhaka instead of Dakar.

Read more: 11 Destinations Across the World to Discover Your Roots
 

Pity the American couple who ended up 7,000 miles from their destination after an airport code error sent them to Dhaka instead of Dakar.

Dhaka, Bangladesh
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Dhaka, Bangladesh

According to the couple, they thought Dhaka was the correct pronunciation of Dakar with a slight Turkish accent. Friendly reminder: Double-check your country codes because you never want to end up in a different city, let alone a completely different continent.

Read more: Our Guide to Exotic River Cruises
 

According to the couple, they thought Dhaka was the correct pronunciation of Dakar with a slight Turkish accent. Friendly reminder: Double-check your country codes because you never want to end up in a different city, let alone a completely different continent.

Manchester, UK
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Manchester, UK

We once stumbled upon a $150 round-trip flight to Manchester. Immediately, we clicked – only to realize a three-hour flight to England is awfully short.

Read more: Manchester, England Sheds Its Workaday Skin
 

We once stumbled upon a $150 round-trip flight to Manchester. Immediately, we clicked – only to realize a three-hour flight to England is awfully short.

Manchester, NH
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Manchester, NH

It turned out the flight was to New Hampshire. For some reason, flight aggregators don’t immediately distinguish between New Hampshire and the U.K., so check your airport codes carefully.

Read more: Checking In: The Glen House, New Hampshire
 

It turned out the flight was to New Hampshire. For some reason, flight aggregators don’t immediately distinguish between New Hampshire and the U.K., so check your airport codes carefully.

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