The island of St. Maarten is beautiful, but perhaps what makes it fascinating is Maho Beach, which has been dubbed as one of the best places in the world to witness extreme plane landings due to its proximity to the Princess Juliana International Airport.
Located at the very end of Maho Bay on the island’s Dutch side, everything from jumbo jets to small aircraft approach Maho Beach at minimum altitude to ensure a smooth landing, due to the short length of the airport runway. And if you’re into photography, whether professionally or just as a hobby, the sight also makes for some unique captures.
Plane sighting at Maho Beach in St. Maarten has become such a pastime for both residents and tourists that many local bars and restaurants have set up timetables for arrivals. The Sunset Beach Bar and Grill takes it a step further, where real-time audio transmissions between planes and the control tower are broadcasted for patrons.
Maho Beach also offers beautiful scenery that any visitor would expect at a typical Caribbean beach, with powdery white sand and exceptionally clear, turquoise waters. When swells come in, it’s also a popular spot for skimboarders and windsurfers.
Although the gorgeous Maho Beach in St. Maarten can make for a fun day of plane spotting, swimming, and watersports, visitors should take caution and not stand directly in the jet blast of landing planes.
Where to stay
If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in St. Maarten near Maho Beach, you’ll have a lot of options to choose from. One great choice that is just a stone’s throw away is Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino. The all-inclusive resort offers an array of activities for all, whether you just want to relax in their spacious pool or have a drink at the swim-up pool bar, or party all night at their casino and nightclub.
Charter a flight to St. Maarten
Charter a flight to St. Maarten, and soar over Maho Beach for one of the most scenic landings in the world in your own private aircraft. Contact us today to learn more about arranging a private jet for your upcoming trip to the lovely St. Maarten.