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Maho Beach in St. Maarten

There’s a famous Blur song where lead singer Damon Albarn talks about getting his head shaved by a jumbo jet.  Chances are his lyrical muse came in the form of Maho Beach, a gorgeous sand scape on the Dutch side of the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten, which has become famous for a unique and extreme proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport.

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Due to the ubiquity of low flying airliners, the location is very popular with adventurous vacationers and plane spotters. This is one of the only places in the world where aircraft can be viewed in their flightpath just beyond the edge of the runway. Gazing at jumbo jets passing overhead at the beach is such a popular tourist activity that daily arrivals and departures airline schedules are prominently displayed on boards outside of on site bars and restaurants. Popular Sunset Beach Bar and Grill even has a speaker on its outside deck that broadcasts the radio transmissions between pilots and the airport’s control tower.  And if you’re a lucky passenger aboard one of the planes heading in, you might just catch a glimpse of some well defined posteriors pointed upward in salute.

Princess Juliana International Airport", "Princess Juliana", "maho beach"