Simpson Bay, Saint Maarten

Nothing asays fun in the sun like roaring engines and the smell of jet exhaust. Landing on this Caribbean island forces pilots to fly over a little strip of beach, clear a decent-size fence and pass over a road before hitting the runway.

Why It is Matchless:
Not lots of airports are flanked by oceanfront property filled with tourists standing under incoming aircraft. While the tourists are not in harm's way with the exception of their hearing Schreckengast says that trucks driving on the little road between the beach and the runway could be in danger. "The challenge is to make positive there is not a huge semi truck coming through when the plane is landing. It becomes a vertical hindrance, and, if the truck is light, the jet blast could blow it over."

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