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Maho Beach

End of SXM Airport Runway | Phillipsburg, St Maarten, Maho 3550-147, St Martin / St Maarten
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Located at the end of Maho Bay and also very close to the airport where airplanes fly right above the beach.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“planes landing” (221 reviews)
“sunset bar” (174 reviews)
“take offs” (68 reviews)
End of SXM Airport Runway | Phillipsburg, St Maarten, Maho 3550-147, St Martin / St Maarten
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is great if you love the thrill of planes flying overhead, sometimes so low you almost think you can touch them. Wear old glasses when a plane is taking off or your sunglasses will be ruined, an expensive mistake I found after day...More

Thank choilinl
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great little beach with a nice beach bar in walking distance. It's a nice spot also for people watching as well as watching passenger jets come into and out of the airport.

Thank Jim2430
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came in on a Royal Caribbean cruise at the beginning of January. My son and I are huge aviation enthusiast and wanted to see large Jets come into this airport. We did not go for the swimming. Thank goodness because there’s not much beach...More

Thank BRensing
Reviewed 4 days ago

Its a bucket list item. Right by the run way, the sand storms from the pending take off, picture postcard photo opportunity. If you visit St Maarten you simple MUST go here. That said, the beach is pretty awful. Narrow, very crowded and access is...More

Thank LeeDJones
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Worst. Beach. Ever. Must get to the beach from the parking lot by walking along a narrow road with high curbs (dangerous) and climb over large rocks (also dangerous) to what little sand there is. No chairs, no umbrella, no facilities. NO lifeguards! Very poor...More

Thank Anthony A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Checked out Maho Beach on a recent Eastern Caribbean cruise. Taxi from the cruise shop dock was about $18 for three people and dropped us off right near the famed beach by the airport. Beach is gone. The high end hotels and bars in the...More

Thank pdxken2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just a small average beach. The water is a little cloudy but clean of debris as is the beach. We didn't get to see any planes land but my review is of the beach so I would not have rated it any higher...More

Thank Allen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maho Beach, aka Airplane Beach, is know for being so close to the SXM runway that the airplanes that are landing are literally feet above your head. As a beach destination, it is not great. As a unique experience, it really can't be beat. Unfortunately...More

Thank CCLoop
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As the reviewer below stated, this is not what it once was but the beach is slowly returning. The beach was crowded but we were lucky to see a few planes land and take off. I am hopeful that this beach will return to what...More

Thank Lov2travelz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shared taxi at $8US a person will take you to Maho beach. Post Irma the beach was very small with waves creating a strong undertow and a steep drop off. Beach is located at across from the airport runway and the attraction was the plane...More

5  Thank Howard P
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29 December 2017|
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Response from Ken F | Reviewed this property |
A quick visit to Maho Beach is all you need. There’s not much of a beach since hurricane Irma struck. There’s a nice piece of beach at Simpson Bay just before the Resort Hotel. There’s also a fun beach bar at the same... More
11 December 2017|
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Response from bill890 | Reviewed this property |
20 minutes, about 10 miles,longer to get back as traffic is nuts in the afternoon.
14 November 2017|
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Response from Mark E | Reviewed this property |
Haven't got an answer as to where the best place to stay is as we always rent a condo for our stays. I understand Beachside Villa's is up and running which is right behind the airport runway. Very very nice place! As far as... More