While the Caribbean has its attractions for everyone, Princess Juliana Airport in Sint Maarten has one unique one: an airport runway that goes all the way out to the beach, and airplanes land right over beach-goers' heads! Being an airplane nerd, finally dragged my butt out therem, after putting it off for years. Timed this trip for the seasonal return of the second daily Airbus A330 flight by KLM, in addition to the year-round (?) flight by Air France.
Day 1 - the redeye never gets any better, but at least when you get to Sint Maarten, you can immediately hit the beach.
Day 2 - all day airplane watching at SXM, plus a brisk walk over to the French side of the island.
Day 3 - a few more airplane landing photos before departure.