These days, flying can be so stressful and soul-destroying that by the time you’ve navigated check-in, security and all the chaos of the concourse you’re desperate for a vacation – even if you didn’t need one before. Which is why we’re fans of these Caribbean airports, which make our tropical transits that much easier. Featuring perks such as automated Immigration, plush lounges and smart layouts, here are our top 10 picks, based on major criteria including aesthetics, food and beverage options, shopping and, importantly, customer service levels.
Princess Juliana International Airport, St Maarten
A modern, well-run airport with perhaps the Caribbean’s best duty-free shopping collection, this was an easy addition to the top of this ranking. This airport has well-run immigration and, even more importantly, is the Caribbean’s great regional hub, with easy-to-make connections across the region. Congratulations to the Caribbean Airport of the Year for 2016.