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Exploring St.maarten - Maho Beach Edition

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On a separate visit to the island of St. Maarten, this time on board Queen Mary 2, we decided to take in an equally famous beach  on the Dutch side of the island, Maho Beach.

 

This again necessitated a taxi ride and our early start paid dividends in getting ourselves a pretty good position to one side of the beach. Maho Beach is of course world famous because it is adjacent to the Princess Julian International airport.  Arriving aircraft touch down as close as possible to the beginning of the runway resulting in aircraft on their final approach flying over the beach at absolute minimal altitude.

 

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Maho Beach isn't that large a beach and it does experience some pretty heavy swells. For all its size it never seems to get too crowded, that is except the Sunset Bar which has a popularity all of its own...

 

 

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There is a great atmosphere to be found in the Sunset Bar and flight information is readily available to help plan your stay and see some of the bigger beasts arrive. There is also a comprehensive menu available for those who may not want to utilize the beach and just wish to witness the aircraft approaches. 

 

 

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and one courtesy of Wikipedia...

 

 

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Apart from the popular Sunset Bar,  the Caravanserai Resort and many other bars and restaurants catering for all budgets and tastes are located nearby. 

 

Another call into Philipsburg was made prior to returning to the ship. Philipsburg is a colourful town Philipsburg is the main town and the capital of St. Maarten.  It is situated on a narrow stretch of land between the Great Bay and the Great Salt Pond.

 

Philipsburg has a perfectly adequate beach though it does get busy and of course is within easy distance of the ship's berths...

 

 

 

For non beach-bums shopping is usually first on cruise passengers' to do lists. The main shopping areas are on the aptly named  Front and Back streets, as well as some quirky and charming side streets and alleys, all  crammed with duty-free jewelry shops, electronics and liquor stores...

 

 

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St. Maarten's jewelry shops are amongst the most competitive in the world and there is a boast that any kind of precious metal, in any shape or quantity, can be purchased.

 

The Philipsburg Boardwalk runs along glorius Great Bay Beach. Here are many bars, restaurants, additional tourist shops and landmarks...

 

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and not forgetting the jetty from where the water taxis await to return passengers to their cruise ships...

 

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The first in this series, Exploring St.Maarten - Orient Beach Edition can be found at...

 


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I absolutely love Maho beach. Visited twice and would love to go again. Fab Photos as always x

 

Thanks Bumble Bee.

 

My only regret was timing. No 747s landing. ;)

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I loved this beach! First we made a way a little further along to what seemed like a private beach for a hotel. But looking over at everyone whilst the planes were landing/taking off, we soon made our way back and joined in the fun! We stood behind a flight taking off - which was so funny but painful ha. Would love to go back! Also the bar on the beach was really good for food and entertainment. :D

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Now that a lady has been killed by a plane will people still be able to get so close or will health & safety prevail?

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16 hours ago, 2torts said:

Now that a lady has been killed by a plane will people still be able to get so close or will health & safety prevail?

 

Its horrible isnt it - there should be some safety measures put in place now its really not good!!

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Indeed OWT .. we have been to St Maarten many times and it never entered our heads to visit Maho beach, personally I don't see the fascination in planes flying so low but that's just me :huh: others obviously enjoy it.

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