Maho Reef

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Maho Reef which includes landscape views, tropical scenes and a sandy beach
Watch powerful jumbo jets fly low overhead and land just a short distance from this popular beach, the ultimate plane-spotting experience.

While this incredibly popular beach does feature the white sands and blue waters that the Caribbean is famous for, many visitors venture to this area for a more unusual reason. Maho Beach is located at the end of a runway throughout the day jumbo jets make their final approach passing less than 100 feet (30 meters) above the heads of beach revelers. Between takeoffs and landings the beach is a beautiful place to soak up the sun. It is lined by a number of popular bars and restaurants.

Announcements coming from the beach bars will tell you when planes are approaching. Large displays providing information about the size of the jet and the name of the airline help watchers to get into position. Most people photograph the aircraft approaching just above the sand from a safe distance. Daredevils can find a spot beneath the flight path to experience the jet blast that comes from the plane. If you do so, be cautious before you decide to get “up close and personal” with a jet. It has led to serious injury in the past when people have been blown over.

Once you’ve seen this spectacle, walk further along the beach to enjoy the cool water and lively local atmosphere. Smell the sizzling barbecues that are regularly cooking on the beach or rent your own grill from a vendor. Maho Beach is regularly visited by local food hawkers and souvenir vendors. It is one of the most popular beaches with the people of the island. The beach is also a well-liked destination for watersports a range of equipment can be rented from vendors on the beach.

Maho Beach is located next to the Princess Juliana International Airport and is best reached by car or airport taxi. The parking lot is located above the beach and is free of charge. There is no guard at the parking lot so it is recommended to take your more valuable belongings with you or leave them at your hotel.

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Sonesta Maho Beach All Inclusive Resort Casino & Spa
4 out of 5
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Sonesta Ocean Point All Inclusive, Adults Only Resort
Sonesta Ocean Point All Inclusive, Adults Only Resort
5 out of 5
1A Rhine Rd., Maho Bay, Lowlands
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DISCOUNTED Royal Islander Club 2 Bdrm Suite, Sleeps 6, Wifi, Pool, - MAHO BEACH!
DISCOUNTED Royal Islander Club 2 Bdrm Suite, Sleeps 6, Wifi, Pool, - MAHO BEACH!
Lowlands, Sint Maarten
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Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

DISCOUNTED Royal Islander Club 2 Bdrm Suite, Sleeps 6, Wifi, Pool, - MAHO BEACH!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
DISCOUNTED Royal Islander Club 2 Bdrm Suite, Sleeps 6, Wifi, Pool, - MAHO BEACH!
DISCOUNTED Royal Islander Club 2 Bdrm Suite, Sleeps 6, Wifi, Pool, - MAHO BEACH!
Lowlands, Sint Maarten
Stay at this golf condo in Lowlands. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (20 reviews)
Excellent location and communication
"Sunny is a fantastic host. He checked in with us periodically to be sure everything was ok and to ensure our happiness. The two bedrooms are very quiet and very comfortable beds! We slept like little babies. The air conditioning worked very well throughout the whole apartment. The location is very ..."

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2021

DISCOUNTED Royal Islander Club 2 Bdrm Suite, Sleeps 6, Wifi, Pool, - MAHO BEACH!
Maho Beach - Royal Islander - La Terrasse - Studio
Maho Beach - Royal Islander - La Terrasse - Studio
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Maho Beach - Royal Islander - La Terrasse - 1 Bedroom
Maho Beach - Royal Islander - La Terrasse - 1 Bedroom
Lowlands, Sint Maarten
Stay at this beach condo in Lowlands. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a beach locale. Popular attractions Mullet Bay Beach and Casino Royale are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
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Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Maho Beach - Royal Islander - La Terrasse - 1 Bedroom
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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