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Maho Beach

Maho Beach

star-5
2,452 Reviews
Beacon Hill Road, St Maarten

The Basics

The planes’ flight path makes Maho Beach one of the island’s most notable attractions, but this stretch of sand would be a lovely spot even without its low-flying attractions. In addition to plane watching, you can enjoy great swimming and snorkeling. Many tours of the island include a stop at the beach along with other popular sites on both the island’s French-Dutch border, including spots like Orient Beach and Cole Bay Hill.

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St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
star-4.5
$40.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome!
The driver was friendly and knowledgeable, and he shared some interesting facts about the island. Orient Beach was BEAUTIFUL and not over run with people. While we were there, we stopped to get drinks at the KonTiki Hut and they were delicious. MaHo Beach was pretty, but it much more populated and busy. BUT the experience of the planes coming in overhead is something I’ll never forget. Great trip and would definitely do it again!
trammellsrus, Jun 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Philipsburg

star-5
Fantastic experience - highly recommend!
kbender8, Aug 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Billy Bones Charters was a very organized business from start to finish. Our father/son captains were terrific, they know how to navigate the waters and they know the island so well! Our 40’ speedboat was very clean and offered plenty of space to sit. The day was fantastic - we were able to see almost the entire island and some great snorkel spots to explore. Lunch was awesome, and a chance to stop in Grand Case for local flavor. Truly grateful for this experience on St. Maarten!
star-5
Good day out on the water
Catherine_S, Aug 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
The check-in was easy & the boat was very up-to-date and offered plenty of shade. Nickolas and Natalie provided lots of good information on the island itself and all the excursion sites. It was a very enjoyable day.
star-5
Beach tour st maarten
stringer393, Jan 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing
Very good tour, good tour guide -Douce, nice clean van. Punctual pick up, good beach afternoon seeing planes overhead at Maho beach
star-5
Great way to see all the beauty of Sxm
Taylor_W, Jul 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Captain was great! Boat was a lot of fun. Great trip. Saw many beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. Lunch was delicious!
star-4
Maho Beach Party!
dmjonz, Feb 2020
St. Maarten Maho Beach Tour
The tour was excellent value for money and the fact that we could be left at Maho beach for 3 hours and not just the planned 30 minute stop was great news. We had a fabulous time at the Maho Beach Bar & Grill watching all the comings and goings at the International Airport whilst eating, drinking and partying away Caribbean-style! Recommended. David & Anita
star-4
Orient Beach and Maho
William_R, Mar 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach and Orient Bay Sightseeing
Driver (Deuce) shared a lot of interesting information along the way. Van was comfortable and clean.
star-5
Excellent Excursion, zero complaints!
Laura_R, Jun 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Great experience! Friendly staff, really nice boats (don’t be fooled by the boat on the advertisement. These boats have full covers). Very informative and excellent food and beverage service. Nice local hot meal.
star-5
St. Maarten Personalized guided experience
bvtjt, Feb 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
Jose was a fantastic guide. He was knowledgeable of the culture, history, and able to determine based on our group what to see and do. Definitely if you are wanting to see St. Maarten book this excursion.
star-5
Amazing tour guide
jwv1942, Jan 2020
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient Beach, Marigot and Maho Beach
Joese is the best! Greeted us with a hug and one the most positive attitudes one can experience. Extremely knowledgable about the island and its history. Knows where to go and how to have a good time. There should be a six star rating. Love this guy!
star-4
A Delightful Tour
pastorsuepr, Jan 2020
St.Maarten Beach Hopping Tour
Our tour guide, Shawn, was wonderful. We were at the wrong pick-up site (our fault), and he came and found us. He made it his priority that we have a fun time....and we did, He was knowledgeable and professional and personable. We learned alot about the island (French and Dutch sides), and we stopped at many sites. The van was comfortable and it was a wonderfully private tour for the two of us. We would take this tour again....and we recommend Shawn to be the guide!
star-4
Missed excursion, but still happy customer
Phil G, Dec 2019
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Maho Beach Round-Trip Transfer
Due to various reasons, we did not make it on this excursion, but my dealings with Viator were very good. I asked for a refund and quickly received a reply and a full refund from them.
star-5
Highly recommend
Meredith, Jun 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Went above and beyond. Got to do more than what was described. Saw 4 planes land on the runway from the boat. Was an unforgettable experience. Sammy and Marigot were awesome!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The best spot for watching the planes is by the fence closest to the airport.
  • Flight schedules are posted everyday at the Sunset Bar and Grill on the beach.
  • Don’t forget to pack sun protection, swimwear, and bottled water.
  • Lounge chairs and umbrellas are available for rent.
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How to Get There

Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of St. Martin (Sint Maarten) on a spit of land near Simpson Bay Lagoon, right next to Princess Juliana International Airport. If arriving on the island through the cruise terminal, you can take the free shuttle bus from the dock to the beach. Taxis are also readily available. If driving to the beach, you can park around the corner from the Sunset Bar and Grill.

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When to Get There

For the best plane watching, come during early afternoon, when the larger planes typically land. The beach tends to be crowded all day long. The weather on St. Marten is pleasant year-round and warmest in July and August. From February through June, you may be able to spot migrating humpback whales off the coast.

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Wildcard

Mullet Bay Beach Before or after watching the planes, walk about 10 minutes—or take the free shuttle or a taxi—to Mullet Bay for a serene (and less jet-fueled) beach experience. Low-hanging sea grape trees and palms provide shade, and snack bar-style restaurants serve barbeque (chicken, ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers) and drinks. Beachside huts rent out chairs, umbrellas, towels, and snorkeling gear.

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