World's most dramatic runways
(CNN)Â -- Arriving at an air terminal is rarely a memorable event.
All the more reason to book a flight touching down at one of these hairy or awesome air strips.
Princess Juliana International Airport, St. Maarten, Caribbean
Vacationers flock to the Caribbean for a laid-back vacation.
But arriving at the region's airports can have the opposite effect -- the compact, rugged nature of many of the islands forces runways to be built in inventive locations.
Perhaps everything feels all the more serene after landing.
On St. Maarten,Â Princess Juliana AirportÂ -- named after Dutch royalty -- has people gnawing their fingernails in the air and on the ground whenever a plane lands.
The runway starts mere meters from the edge of the ocean, with aircraft coming in almost low enough over the beach to spike a volleyball set.
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ByÂ Tom Jordan
, for CNN
updated 11:45 PM EDT, Thu October 10, 2013