Imagine a beach with warm white sand and aquamarine water on a tropical island. That accurately describes Maho Beach near Phillipsburg in Sint Maarten. That sounds like the perfect place to idle away a sunny afternoon, doesn’t it? It is except your paradise is interrupted every half hour by the roar of very low flying planes coming in for a landing and the jet blasts of those taking off. The Princess Juliana International Airport is located just behind where this photo was taken. In the background is the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino.