I'm sure many readers have seen video clips of aircraft landing at St. Maarten airport in the Caribbean. Here's one such clip, out of many on YouTube and elsewhere.
Reader D. M. sent me this picture of a KLM Boeing 747 landing at St. Maarten. It's taken from a higher vantage point than the beach, and thus shows more clearly than the video clip just how very, very close the aircraft comes to the beach, the road, and the perimeter fence when landing - particularly its wheels. Talk about a close shave! (Click the picture for a larger view.)
After seeing that, I don't think I want to land there in a large aircraft, thank you very much! I'd prefer something smaller, which doesn't have to strain to use every available inch of runway.