Maho Beach, St Maartens – the Caribbean
Maho Beach on the tropical island of St Maartens is exactly the kind of idyllic beach that we think of when we dream about whiling away our time on a Caribbean beach. Think tropical blue waters, gently lapping against the softest, most yellow sand, with beach huts selling coconut cocktails dotted along the sand.
Maho is situated on the South West shore of the island and promises everything you need from a Caribbean holiday. Except for one thing – peace and tranquility. This perfect beach also happens to be under the flightpath from the nearby Princess Juliana International Airport. Quite unremarkable, until you appreciate that Maho Beach is quite literally adjacent to the (very short) runway and planes fly less than 30 metres above the sunworshippers and beachgoers heads.
For this reason (and the fact you can probably look straight into the eyes of the pilot), Maho Beach is extremely popular with plane spotters and those who want to witness this multiple-times-daily spectacle. Plane pass by so closely, that the jet blast from planes taking off is capable of knocking people off their feet and into solid objects or the water. You have been warned!