Strange Airport #4: Princess Juliana Airport and Maho Beach

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Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of the Caribbean island of Saint Martin. If you love watching airplanes takeoff and land, this should be your next holiday destination, because sitting right next to the Maho Beach is the busy Princess Juliana International Airport. Aircrafts approaching the airport comes from the direction of the sea and because they must touch down as close as possible to the beginning of runway 10 due to its short length, the aircraft on their final approach flies over the beach at minimal altitude.

You can lie on the beach and watch the underbelly of a 747 thundering within a few dozen yards over your head; the blast from the jet engine blowing sand and belongings all over the place. The thrilling approaches and ease of access for shooting spectacular images makes the airport one of the world's favorite places among plane spotters.

Watching airliners pass over the beach is such a popular activity that daily arrivals and departures airline timetables are displayed on a board in most bars and restaurants on the beach, and the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill has a speaker on its outside deck that broadcasts the radio transmissions between pilots and the airport's control tower.

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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2 comments:

  1. We used to do that at LAX until a German 747 dropped an engine on the beach!!!

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  2. Why the hell would anyone chose to go on holiday here unless they actually like the thrill of it ?

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