Maho Bay (St. Maarten)

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Maho Bay (St. Maarten)
Maho Bay (St. Maarten)
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Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Beaches, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
3.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 2.0Atmosphere

Are you looking to relax in tranquility? Keep looking – Maho Bay beckons to amateur photographers, aviation fanatics and curious thrill-seekers. The southwestern beach's fame is due to its unusual proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport. Every afternoon, travelers love to stand on the sands to take pictures of the approaching planes and feel their jet blasts. 

For many travelers, Maho Bay was a must-see bucket list-experience. For others, the beach was too small and crowded to enjoy. If you're looking for a quieter afternoon along the shore, try the island's other beaches, such as Mullet Bay.

Enjoying the beach and the planes is free, so splurge a little at the Sunset Beach Bar, which has a great vantage point. If you're not too scared, you can also try some windsurfing.

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