At this time a few years ago, we were landing in the Caribbean isle of Sint Maarten. Our airplane landing looked much like this, in fact:
This image has not been altered. The landing strip at Sint Maarten’s Juliana airport is just before a popular tourist area and beach, Maho Bay. Although the island has many beautiful and relaxing spots, this is not one of them – quite the contrary, it’s rather unnerving.
Google Maps provides a great visual indication of just how close the landing strip is to the tourist beach:
Here’s the back, with art work by daughter (a toddler at the time):
“Sint Maarten, Netherland Antilles.
Saint-Martin, French West Indies.
Landing at Juliana airport.”
Postcard message [dictated from toddler to parent]:
“I love you. Thank you for giving me that clay stuff. I hope me in St. Martin. See you soon! Love.”
The small island is half Dutch (Sint Maarten) and half French (Saint-Martin) side. The island is the world’s smallest land mass to be shared by two countries. The major international airport is on the Dutch side, but we stayed near Marigot on the French side (hence the French stamp, boring as it is).