As we gear up for another exciting travelling season, we continue with a countdown of the Liberty Park Press’ top-5 airports to land at in the world. Selection criteria include scenery, excitement and of course, reputation.
After soaking up the scenery at the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the entire Bay area, we are ready for our next landing adventure as we head over the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches of this tropical paradise.
The Caribbean island of Saint Martin has a reputation as an amazing tourist destination with an abundance of sun, surf, bikinis and exotic cocktails, but just flying into the paradise proves to be an exhilarating experience all its own. Divided between the Dutch and French governments, the territory, with a population of nearly 75,000, is located roughly 175 miles east of Puerto Rico.
The island’s sole airport, located in the Dutch zone, parallels a popular resort beach where the incoming passengers skim over translucent blue waters and oil-covered tourists who seem to enjoy the roar of the big jets overhead.
After a glide path is established from the West, the pilots have to nail the landing on the 7,546 foot long runway with laser precision. One miscalculation and it is literally a splash down. Daytime arrivals and departures attract a hearty crowd on the beach adjacent to the airport, complete with drinks in hand and the hope of spotting a Boeing 747 “so close it seems we could touch it.”
VIDEO: Landing In Saint Martin