I really don’t think you can say you have been to St. Maarten (St. Martin) unless you have been to the beach at Maho Bay. While Maho Beach may not be the most scenic beach on the island, it is the most famous because planes fly low right over it to land at Princess Juliana International Airport. When planes take off, it’s another story, you can watch fellow beach goers battle the jetblast. Maho Beach came in at #3 in the world on Tripadvisor’s 10 unique beaches you need to see to believe.
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As you can imagine, this is not your typical beach. It’s one of the best places in the world to watch planes land and take off. KLM used to fly a Boeing 747 into Princess Juliana Airport, but since October 2016 they started using a smaller plane (A330). The beach can get very crowded especially on days when there is a cruise ship in port. I don’t recommend setting up camp on the sand. It has a steep slope and if you sit above the slope you will be pounded with sand when jets take off. (more…)