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When you imagine a tropical paradise, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful island than Saint Martin.  Cool blue waters, white sandy beaches, fancy drinks with umbrellas in them…you name it they got it.

[image_border img=”http://www.ripleys.com/weird/files/2013/05/Saint-Martin-Planes-300×200.jpg” caption=”” pos=”right” border=”true” buffer=”true” /]Being such a popular tourist destination, of course they need a convenient airport. However, I think they could have picked a better location than right next to the beach!

The number 10 runway at Princess Juliana International Airport is so short that the airplanes have to fly in at a super low altitude.  The result is that the planes have to fly in directly over the happy vacationing sunbathers!

[image_border img=”http://www.ripleys.com/weird/files/2013/05/Saint-Martin-Planes-6-300×200.jpg” caption=”” pos=”left” border=”true” buffer=”true” /]Popular spots to watch the planes descend are beach bars and the runway fence.  However, the local government does want to note that there is a danger plane watching so close to the giant jet engines, as so eloquently illustrated with displayed signage.

So, what are your thoughts?  Cool vacation spot, or no way?

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