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best and worst airports for a speedy travel experience

Old Jan 2, 16, 8:38 pm
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best and worst airports for a speedy travel experience

Will be traveling to the Caribbean for 3 days and 2 nights, so I really need to minimize my time spent at the airport. Am open to many types of islands and have never been to the region before. Can someone give me a sense of which airports get you in and out quickly, and which are likely to be a nightmare? Are there any airports where you can arrive 1 to 1.5 hours prior to departure time, or do all require something more like 2.5-3 hours advance arrival? (I am traveling from the United States) Thank you.
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Old Jan 3, 16, 2:03 am
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Where in the US are you? 2 nights is really short so I would be more concerned about getting a non-stop from where you are. As long as you can avoid checking a bag and countries with lengthy exit immigration you will be fine. Let me know where you are coming from and if there are nonstop flights to any islands.
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Old Jan 3, 16, 8:34 am
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Thanks - yes, I am only considering nonstops. Ideally I would like to fly out of EWR but I can also do JFK.
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Old Jan 3, 16, 8:55 am
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I think ymmv with the Caribbean, if your flight is a large flight you will have to wait on the inbound with immigration and may have a wait on the outbound if several flights leave at the same time and the airports are small. Have ou considered a late night flight the night before to make it three nights?

There is a JetBlue flight to Barbados from JFK that leaves in the evening and you will land in Barbados around 3am. The line for immigration is long but bearable and you can wake up in the morning and be right there, v flying to Turks and Caicos at 7am and losing a half day (assuming Friday night departure v Saturday morning). On the way back, we were there with plenty of time but it was very crowded at check-in because we didn't print our boarding passes at the hotel and the kiosks didn't work.

Not 'Caribbean' but there are many evening flights to Puerto Rico and I would imagine you can enter/exit the airport speedily given that you don't need a passport to travel there.

Bermuda is a quick flight from NYC but they have a us customs pre-clearance facility which means you will need to arrive on the earlier side (though we haven't had many lines, and if you have global entry-we didn't at the time-I would imagine it would be super quick for you) and then quick offload when you land in New York just like a domestic flight. Note that we did have to get our tickets marked at the counter at check-in there in a certain way to proceed so ymmv.
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Old Jan 3, 16, 9:02 am
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Well both Aruba and the Bahamas require passing through US pre clearance on the way home so you might want to stroke them off your list. A lot of it depends on timing. No one really wants to be in an immigration queue when the weekend charter flights arrive or depart. If you can find an early morning flight to your destination and an evening flight home then you can maximize your 3 days and still give yourself adequate time at the airports.
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