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Maho Beach
Maho Beach

Maho Beach

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
Great experience
This tour was perfect to spend time on two popular beaches. We had enough time to fully experience both beaches and have fun in the sun and in the ocean. Our tour guide was amazing, and as we drove the island he narrated the sights. Although this isn’t advertised as an island tour, it is a great benefit! Outstanding experience and highly recommended.
Neal_D, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Philipsburg

star-5
Beach break
Andrea_N, Mar 2022
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
Interaction with Edison during the time he was driving us around. Both beaches were nice but Maho beach stood out the most due to the chance of a lifetime watching the planes takeoff and land.
star-5
St. Martin full day of fun, on the water
Lisa_W, Mar 2022
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Best excursion in our whole week cruising the Caribbean! Captain Sammy & 1st Mate Marit were professional, warm & friendly, safety-conscious & lots of fun! This was a small group tour w/ multiple stops that have us a lovely on-the-water experience in St. Maarten…definitely do it!
star-5
Best Birthday Day Excursion!!
Jenne_R, May 2022
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Celebrated my 40th with friends on this 12 passenger speedboat. Our Capt was super fun and made the experience very memorable, the stops were absolutely beautiful, got to see some sea turtles! Drinks were plentiful, views were stunning, I couldn’t recommend this any more!!
star-5
Great Island Tour!
Richard_T, Apr 2022
Adventure Island Tour 2
John was great! Gave us good tour and history of entire Island. Our ship was late arriving and he waited until we arrived to leave. Would highly recommend.
star-5
Orient-Maho Beach Excursion
Alison_F, Feb 2022
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
Our driver/tour guide, Humphrey, was fantastic. We got a history lesson during our drive which was great. Lots of interesting information. Orient Beach was beautiful and Maho beach is a must-see/do experience on the island. Humphrey took great care of us during the whole excursion!
star-5
Definitely recommend
Michael_K, Mar 2022
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
Nice bus for the ride to the beaches. The driver stayed with the bus at each beach and had cold drinks available. He also gave some information about different landmarks as we passed.
star-5
Great trip!
Luanne_T, Apr 2022
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Captain Nicholas and Marit we're both very friendly and helpful during the trip. Loved the snorkeling and sightseeing.
star-5
Great value, great tour!
James_O, Mar 2022
Adventure Island Tour 2
Feeding iguanas was a treat! Excellent island tour! Mailman explained everything and shared fun stories.
star-5
Must-do Activity
Krysteal_G, Apr 2022
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
The crew was so knowledgeable and helpful. Did a very good job of showcasing the beautiful island and they kept the rum punch flowing!
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-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.

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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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