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“You need to experience this at least once” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Maho Beach

Maho Beach
Maho Bay, 3550-147, St Maarten-St Martin
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Owner description: Located at the end of Maho Bay and also very close to the airport where airplanes fly right above the beach.
Valley Stream, New York, United States
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“You need to experience this at least once”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Not everyone's an airplane geek, but it really doesn't matter. My wife went to Maho Beach to humor me and by the time she left, she was glad we went - she had a great time. It's one thing to look at pictures, it's another to literally stand directly under an A340 as it passes 20 feet above your head, or to sit directly behind a 747 as it literally blows you into the water. It may sound ridiculous, but these are as good as any amusement park ride. Everybody on the beach is laughing and cheering after a big landing or takeoff like that.

When you leave, you may say to yourself "once is enough", and we did too. Five days later, we were back again for one final time.

As for the beach itself, it's really not much of a beach, but it is just really interesting to be swimming in the water or sunbathing like you're on any beach and having these planes flying right over you. The beach itself is small, quite steeply banked and there can be a pretty strong undertow. I can't stress it enough - the planes are the reason why you go to Maho Beach, not the beach itself. If you just want to go to a beach, go to Mullet Beach 500 feet away - it's a better beach and it has no planes (though you can still see them, just a bit further away). The St. Maarten government obviously knows this is a tourist attraction because they rebuilt the beach after it was destroyed by a hurricane a few years ago, despite it being one of the lesser beaches on the island.

Maho Beach also has the Sunset Bar and Grill, which capitalizes on the planespotting with a souvenir stand selling t-shirts with slogans like "get blown" and "watch out for your beer" on them, if you want a memento of your being sandblasted by a 747.

Really gives the nonsensical Blur lyric "I got my head shaved by a jumbo jet" some context.

Tip: the best takeoffs and landings seem to be in the afternoons, and on or just before weekends. When we visited the second time on Monday, the KLM 747 wasn't flying and the arrivals board at the Sunset bar was a lot thinner in general.

Visited February 2013
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“MAHO TO MULLET”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Took a shuttle from the cruise ship to Maho Beach to watch planes come in for a landing virtually above our heads. KLM 747 comes in around noon most days. Make sure you make that. What a rush!!! We did miss the take-off, which is usually around 2 or 3. The bar there has arrivals posted on a surfboard. After a couple hours, we walked about 20 or so minutes north and west thru town to Mullet Beach. A great beach for peace and quiet after the noise of Maho. Topless is allowed. Walked back to Maho to catch a ride back. I highly recommend visiting either one or both.

Visited January 2013
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Cincinnati
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“Adventuresome Beach to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We went to MAho beach to see the jets take off and Land. It was an experience you cannot get in the USA. The beach is about 15" from the fence of the airport. When the planes take off is when most of the wind from the engines sand blast the sun bathers on the beach. You can get some really neat pictures of the planes landing flying low right over the beach. I would not take my kids there. The best time for planes taking off and landing is 12:30-2:30

Visited January 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Pretty but Noisy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

The facility is beautiful. Lots of amenities. However, the noise from the airport takes some getting used to. The planes fly very low overhead because the runway is right next to the beach.

Visited March 2012
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Green Bay
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“Beautiful Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Wonderful beach when the waves are calm. The sand is great for the kids. When calm the beach is great for the kids. There are some beautiful Angel fish there to feed if you are patient....so bring bread. Only problem....NO BATHROOMS. There is a portapotty you can pay for...so gross. But that is it.

Visited January 2013
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