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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
Perfect
Our ship changed the itinerary so we were arriving to St Maarten a day later than the day I booked. I was afraid we had missed it but Viator came through and picked us up on time. Wellington did a super job and will book again with them
DianeBurnett, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Philipsburg

star-5
Fantastic experience - highly recommend!
Paul_B, 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
Fun in the sun!
matt_g, Nov 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Boy was a EXCELLENT driver. Made the trip in choppy waters nice! Beaches were nice. Food was FANTASTIC! Would recommend!
star-5
Safe and prompt!
Gloria_M, Sep 2021
Maho Beach Shuttle
Joseph and his daughter were prompt, friendly, and helpful. I would definitely trust Jo Junie tours again.
star-5
Boy was the BEST 😊
Kathy_S, Oct 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
Boy made the whole day awesome! He was polite, engaging & gave Island details..I would recommend this experience to anyone traveling to St Marten
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-5
Must do!
Derek_J, Oct 2021
Best Of Full-Day Snorkeling and Beach Excursion with Hot Lunch in Sint Maarten
We do excursions on every trip and this one set a new bar for greatness! We all got to swim with turtles, and they even made sure on of the children that hadn’t seen a turtle got to finally see one. Food was great!!!! Different stops and great information for us between stops. I’m so happy the other trip we booked with another company had to cancel for boat repair!
star-5
Awesome!
Amy_T, Jun 2019
St Maarten Shore Excursion: Orient and Maho Beach Half-Day Tour
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!
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
St. Maarten Personalized guided experience
Valerie_B, 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
Bill_V, 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
Leonard_R, 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!

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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