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Low-Flying Planes Soar Scarily Close to St. Maarten Beach [PHOTOS]

When most people plan a Caribbean getaway, their to-do lists might include a little snorkeling and some colorful cocktails — not sunbathing so close to arriving aircraft that they’re forcibly blown into the water by the jet stream.

Well, that’s exactly what happens at St. Maarten’s Maho Beach and apparently, the tourists actually like it. Its close proximity to the airport and the short runways make it necessary for planes to fly as close to the ground as possible while they’re coming in to land. Beachgoers flock to Maho in droves to see and photograph the planes, while adventurous windsurfers make it a point to catch the large waves generated as the planes go by.

If this sounds like your idea of a good time, be sure to book your trip quick. We’re sure it’s only a matter of time before the airlines figure out a way to charge for it.

Steve Lapensky, Flickr
Nick Busato, Flickr
Nick Busato, Flickr
John Niedermeyer, Flickr
John Niedermeyer, Flickr


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