The best way to take in all those incredibly close landings? Beer in hand, at St. Martin's Sunset Beach Bar.
Right at the end of the runway but still perched on the island's glaringly white sand, Sunset Beach Bar isn't just for plane spotters. The food is top notch and the place regularly hosts live musical acts, making it one of the world's top places to kill a few hours before your flight.
Sunset Beach Bar, #2 Beacon Hill Road, Maho Beach, St. Martin, Dutch West Indies
33. Little Ochie (Alligator Pond, Jamaica)
Seafood and Red Stripe are the twin raisons d'êtres of this colorful and gloriously ramshackle operation on Jamaica's south coast.
City dwellers drive for miles to eat jerked crab and other crustaceans in thatched boats on stilts as well as tables and chairs set out on the beach.
Reggae and dance hall blast from the jukebox, attracting the odd beachcombing mutt and roaming pig.
There's beer aplenty, but you won't find any alcohol in the signature Fish Tea -- it's a fiery warmup broth to precede the likes of snapper simmered over pimento wood.
Little Ochie, Alligator Pond, Manchester, Jamaica, W.I.; +1 876 852 6430
32. Wreck Bar (Cayman Kai, Grand Cayman)
This local hangout is a good hour from the tourist strip of Seven Mile Beach, whose visitors rarely make it out here.
Weekends are abuzz with regulars arriving by private boat, but on weekdays it regains a sense of placid nonchalance.
The thatched bar is a replica of one that first went up some 60 years ago, when bartender "Old Judd" invented the frozen mudslide, which became the national drink.
This heady mix of Kahlua, vodka, Baileys and ice is best sipped in a hammock strung between casuarina trees, though you'll want to get up eventually to taste the fine conch fritter, served with jerk mayo made to a secret recipe.
Rum Point, Cayman Kai, Grand Cayman
31. The Star of Greece (Port Willunga, Australia)
For lunch on a sunny day, few places match this colorful beach shack named for a nearby shipwreck in 1888.
It's attracted celebs from Kylie Minogue to Sting, yet displays no attitude and serves delicious food and drink at good prices.
Best of all it's on a beautiful broad stretch of clean, white sand that seems largely deserted, in spite of being fewer than 15 minutes from the vineyards of Maclaren Vale.
Visitors can expect gourmet dishes strewn with edible flowers as well as good fish and chips, top local wines and cold beer and cocktails.
Star of Greece Cafe, 1 The Esplanade, Port Willunga 5173, South Australia; +61 8 8557 7420
30. Bar de la Plage (Juan-les-Pins, France)
In a happening little resort where every private beach has a bar, this relatively new entry has injected a little chic into the genre.
Even better than the sand within a toe's reach are the private cabanas set out for spa treatments along the jetty.
Built on the site of the legendary but long gone Maison des Pecheurs disco, cool sounds now emanate from a decent sound system.