Maho Beach is facing the west of the Caribbean sea, so sunset views are great, but sometimes obstructed by approaching airplanes landing at Princess Juliana airport (SXM). Touch down is about 40 -100 yds behind the beach. As bigger as closer!
Don´t forget to bring your camera, because nowhere else a Boeing 747 will be passing as close over your head as on Maho Beach.
Maho Beach, bordering the Maho Resort and Royal Islander Club, is a small stretch of white beach. It is the location that attracts all of its visitors: The beach is located at the Western end of the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM), thus providing you with a very special experience! For those who love the thrill, or just like airplanes, watch and see incoming jets gliding in and landing just a few yards above your head!
The best time of the day to see the most is between 1:30pm – 5:00pm. The 747’s and Airbus 340 usually glide in around 2:00 and leave around 4:00pm, which is sandblasting time!
Maho Beach is an almost white powdery sand beach with no natural shades, like trees. Loungers and umbrellas are available for rent. The beach has several resorts, hotels and beach bars/restaurants in walking distance. Facilities close by include the Caravanserai Resort, Sonesta Maho, and Maho Beach Resort.
Sit right in the middle of the beach, and you will get the full thrill! And when jets are taking off, the blast is so strong that it´s blowing sand and belongings all over the place!
The beach is lined with a few rocks to both ends, and a picturesque cave, however a bit too far to swim out to there. Snorkeling is supposed to be good around the rocks, depending on weather. Watch the waives in the evening. The back light let you see amazing fish in the surf.
In general , the leeward beaches to the west and southwest are calmer, facing the Caribbean Sea. Therefore, Maho is a beach with relatively low surf, although it can change quickly. The beach is not suitable for small children due to a rather steep drip off into the sea.
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