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Maho Reef
Travel Guide

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.

Sonesta Maho Beach All Inclusive Resort Casino & Spa
Sonesta Maho Beach All Inclusive Resort Casino & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Rhine Road, Maho Bay, Lowlands
The price is $283 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Lowlands, this beachfront property is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Maho Beach and American University of the Caribbean. Marigot ...
3.6/5Good! (643 reviews)
"I enjoyed myself. Everyone was very nice. Will definitely be back."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Sonesta Maho Beach All Inclusive Resort Casino & Spa
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
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $486 per night from Jun 16 to Jun 16
Located in Lowlands, this beachfront property is next to a golf course, just steps from Casino Royale and Maho Beach. Maho Bay and Mullet Bay Beach are also ...
4/5Very Good! (564 reviews)
"The staff were all amazing. I had a blast and they made us feel so welcomed from beginning to literally the minute we were leaving. Very helpful and informative about places to go and things to see & anything we needed was just 1 phone call away. I wasn’t the greatest fan of the food to be honest ..."

Reviewed on May 28, 2021

Sonesta Ocean Point All Inclusive, Adults Only Resort
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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Situated by the ocean, this romantic condo building is steps from Casino Royale and Maho Beach. Mullet Bay Beach and American University of the Caribbean are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Great Location
"Needs some updating"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 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.
Myriam and Frank Residence
Myriam and Frank Residence
3 out of 5
Nile Drive, 12 Maho Village, Lowlands
Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Casino Royale and Maho Beach. Mullet Bay Beach and American University of the Caribbean ...
3.1/5 (8 reviews)
Great stay!
"The couple owning the property were absolutely charming. So kind and willing to share island information and help with needs. Located in an area that has recovered from the hurricane and is walking distance to grocery and local dining. Property is located behind the largest casino in a bungalow and ..."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2020

Myriam and Frank Residence
Clean & Fresh: Blessed to Have Survived Irma ~ Beautiful White Sands of Maho Bay
Clean & Fresh: Blessed to Have Survived Irma ~ Beautiful White Sands of Maho Bay
Lowlands, Sint Maarten
Nestled on the beach, this Lowlands condo building is just steps from Maho Bay and Maho Beach. Mullet Bay Beach and American University of the Caribbean are ...
5/5Exceptional! (21 reviews)
Great experience...
"Property & location was everything we had expected based on prior reviews. Condo was clean & well kept. Good location to beaches and restaurants. Owners were great. Very good communication and always went the extra mile when offering advice and making sure everything was to our satisfaction."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Clean & Fresh: Blessed to Have Survived Irma ~ Beautiful White Sands of Maho Bay
New Studio at the Emerald Residence Maho
New Studio at the Emerald Residence Maho
Lowlands, Sint Maarten
This family-friendly Lowlands apartment building is located on a lake, within a 10-minute walk of Mullet Bay Golf and Maho Beach. Mullet Bay Beach and American ...
New Studio at the Emerald Residence Maho
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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