Maho Beach

Photos

Airplane landing at St Maarten airport
Photo: © alljengi / CC BY
Maho beach, St Maarten
Photo: © ToddOnFlickr / CC BY

Video

Video

The small beach of Maho on the western shore of St Maarten is a pleasant enough although by Caribbean standards, fairly unremarkable. Yes, there is white powder sand and yes, the water is crystal clear aquamarine - but around these parts that doesn't make it anything special.
What puts Maho beach on the map is that it sits right at the end of the main runway of St Maarten's Princess Juliana international airport. This means that several times a day aircraft practically skim the heads of the those on the beach as they come into land. And we aren't just talking small island hoppers here - there are regular Boeing 747 / jumbo jets flying in from Europe which as you can see from the photo and video make for some pretty spectacular scenes.

It isn't just the planes landing that draw a crowd. For those with slightly more masochistic tendencies there is the take-off. Whilst this sounds much the same as the landing it is a whole different experience. The aircraft actually take off in the opposite direction to the beach, but as they prepare to head down the runway they jet blast is like a mini hurricane. There is plenty of footage around of people being literally blown over on the beach as towels and bags go hurtling towards the sea. For the ultimate (and sand free) experience, you can hang on to the perimeter fence of the airport as the jets rev up.

Maho Beach Weather Info

5 Day Maho Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Maho Beach tide times & sea state

Thu 21/02 »

Surf report for Thu 21/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 23mph
11:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 24mph
17:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
Low 01:38am (0.32m)
High 07:47am (5.98m)
Low 02:03pm (0.25m)
High 08:10pm (5.68m)
Daylight
First light06:13
Sunrise06:35
Sunset18:16
Dark18:38

Fri 22/02 »

Surf report for Fri 22/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 23mph
11:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 22mph
17:00 7ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
Low 02:20am (0.45m)
High 08:27am (5.83m)
Low 02:43pm (0.48m)
High 08:47pm (5.49m)
Daylight
First light06:13
Sunrise06:35
Sunset18:16
Dark18:38

Sat 23/02 »

Surf report for Sat 23/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 23mph
11:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
17:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 02:59am (0.73m)
High 09:02am (5.56m)
Low 03:22pm (0.85m)
High 09:21pm (5.22m)
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:34
Sunset18:16
Dark18:38

Sun 24/02 »

Surf report for Sun 24/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
11:00 7ft 7s  °  ° 22mph
17:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 03:37am (1.11m)
High 09:36am (5.21m)
Low 03:59pm (1.29m)
High 09:54pm (4.91m)
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:33
Sunset18:17
Dark18:39

Mon 25/02 »

Surf report for Mon 25/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 23mph
11:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 20mph
17:00 6ft 7s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 04:15am (1.54m)
High 10:11am (4.85m)
Low 04:38pm (1.73m)
High 10:33pm (4.62m)
Daylight
First light06:11
Sunrise06:33
Sunset18:17
Dark18:39

Tue 26/02 »

Surf report for Tue 26/02
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 20mph
11:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 21mph
17:00 6ft 8s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 04:59am (1.95m)
High 10:58am (4.51m)
Low 05:27pm (2.13m)
High 11:33pm (4.38m)
Daylight
First light06:10
Sunrise06:32
Sunset18:17
Dark18:39

Today's weather

Fair

25 °C
(77 °F)

Strong breeze, 39.2 km/h from E

Sea temperature

26.7°C / 80°F

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