The ultimate sun block! Startling photos of beachgoers relaxing as planes come into land just METRES above their heads
- As well as having white sand and crystal clear water, Maho beach is also the ultimate location for plane spotting
- The island’s Princess Juliana International Airport is renowned for its low-altitude flyovers
PUBLISHED: 17:08 GMT, 12 May 2013 | UPDATED: 20:36 GMT, 12 May 2013
With its white beaches and crystal clear waters, it’s no wonder that St Maarten is one of the most popular tourists destinations in the Caribbean.
But there’s another reason holidaymakers flock to the island’s Maho beach – it is also the ultimate location for plane spotting.
In these startling images, tourists can be seen reaching up as if to try and grab the planes as they come in to land on the runway situated on the end of the beach.
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Princess Juliana International Airport is renowned for its low-altitude flyovers which frequently disrupt the tranquil setting as incoming Boeing 747’s carry new sun seekers to the island from around the world.
And even though these images make the flights look like a movie disaster waiting to happen, the safety record is impeccable.
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But an ominous sign does warn tourists daft enough to stand at the end of the runway that the giant jets blast is enough to sweep them off their feet – and potentially injure or even kill them.
The 37 square mile island is split in two with the French part to the north and the Dutch section to the south. The airport is situated in the south west of the island on the Dutch side.
The population of the island is around 75,000, with nearly 39,000 living on the Dutch side and 35,925 on the French side.
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