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

Sat 14/12 »

Surf report for Sat 14/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
14:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
20:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 2:35am (-0.55m)
High 10:43am (1.41m)
Daylight
First light06:11
Sunrise06:35
Sunset17:38
Dark18:02

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
14:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
20:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 3:26am (-0.45m)
High 11:26am (1.34m)
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:35
Sunset17:39
Dark18:02

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
14:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
20:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 4:20am (-0.28m)
High 12:02pm (1.25m)
Low 8:05pm (0.82m)
High 8:46pm (0.82m)
Daylight
First light06:12
Sunrise06:36
Sunset17:39
Dark18:03

Tue 17/12 »

Surf report for Tue 17/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 25mph
14:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
20:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 5:18am (-0.05m)
High 12:31pm (1.16m)
Low 7:59pm (0.55m)
High 11:48pm (0.74m)
Daylight
First light06:13
Sunrise06:36
Sunset17:40
Dark18:03

Wed 18/12 »

Surf report for Wed 18/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 22mph
14:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 21mph
20:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 6:23am (0.21m)
High 12:56pm (1.08m)
Low 8:31pm (0.24m)
Daylight
First light06:13
Sunrise06:37
Sunset17:40
Dark18:04

Thu 19/12 »

Surf report for Thu 19/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 18mph
14:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 17mph
20:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 1:52am (0.81m)
Low 7:38am (0.47m)
High 1:18pm (1.04m)
Low 9:09pm (-0.07m)
Daylight
First light06:14
Sunrise06:37
Sunset17:41
Dark18:04

Today's weather

Fair

26 °C
(78 °F)

Fresh breeze, 34.6 km/h from E

Sea temperature

28.2°C / 82.8°F

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