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 17/10 »

Surf report for Thu 17/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
11:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 2:19am (0.38m)
High 10:08am (1.75m)
Low 2:52pm (1.58m)
High 5:08pm (1.63m)
Daylight
First light05:44
Sunrise06:06
Sunset17:49
Dark18:11

Fri 18/10 »

Surf report for Fri 18/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 3:04am (0.32m)
High 11:30am (1.78m)
Low 3:50pm (1.69m)
High 4:43pm (1.70m)
Daylight
First light05:44
Sunrise06:06
Sunset17:48
Dark18:10

Sat 19/10 »

Surf report for Sat 19/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
14:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
Low 3:57am (0.28m)
High 12:54pm (1.83m)
Daylight
First light05:45
Sunrise06:07
Sunset17:47
Dark18:09

Sun 20/10 »

Surf report for Sun 20/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
20:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 5:00am (0.26m)
High 2:00pm (1.86m)
Daylight
First light05:45
Sunrise06:07
Sunset17:47
Dark18:09

Mon 21/10 »

Surf report for Mon 21/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
20:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
Low 6:10am (0.26m)
High 2:42pm (1.86m)
Daylight
First light05:45
Sunrise06:07
Sunset17:46
Dark18:08

Tue 22/10 »

Surf report for Tue 22/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 4ft 8s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 3ft 8s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 7:22am (0.28m)
High 3:12pm (1.82m)
Low 10:48pm (1.44m)
High 11:58pm (1.45m)
Daylight
First light05:45
Sunrise06:07
Sunset17:45
Dark18:07

Today's weather

Fair

28 °C
(82 °F)

Moderate breeze, 19.8 km/h from ENE

Sea temperature

29.7°C / 85.5°F

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