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One of the most famous beaches in the entire world is Maho Beach in St. Maarten.
This beach has been on my radar for years and I always enjoy watching the videos of it online. What videos as I talking about?
Videos such as this one:
Maho Beach is located right outside the Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten, which is an island in the Caribbean. Only a few yards away, do planes land and take off. The best part is watching the planes land as they literally do so right over you!
There used to only be one bar – the Sunset Bar which still remains as the main bar to go to. There is a parking lot and as long as you are a customer at the bar, your parking is free. The bar has actually expanded over the years, as I have learned from locals.
There is now a pizza spot within and a plunge pool along with a deck that stretches out east along the beach for prime seating. There are two main bar areas, one in the middle that is bigger and a small circular bar by the beach entrance. Go to the latter to be able to get drinks quicker as you watch the planes and step onto the beach. Yes, they take credit card and they have delicious food! Happy hours occur daily.
There is actually a second bar at the opposite end of the beach called Driftwood Beach Bar. This one has only about five parking spots, so you either have to walk from Maho Village or park in a lot nearby. There are many options, but if you stay within Maho, I would advise you to walk. The bar has drink specials as well.
On the actual beach, stand in the middle to get as close to the planes as you can! Be careful when others take off, you may get sandblasted. The sides of the beach are safe for your drinks not spilling over and for sand not getting into your face.
The BEST TIME to go is between 12pm and 3pm, when the biggest aircrafts come in from international destinations. Check the surfboard when you get to Sunset Bar or you can also search for daily arrivals on the SXM’s airport website.
Have you experienced Maho Beach?