Maho Beach has become the number one place in the world to experience the up close sensation of watching planes, including wide-bodied, taking off and landing. You’ll be greeted by a friendly guide and escorted to awaiting transportation to take a 35 minute air-conditioned bus ride to Maho Beach, famous for its close proximity to Princess Juliana Airport. Sit back, enjoy the scenery and listen to the informative narration as you pass through the Dutch capital of Philipsburg en route to Maho Beach.
For those who love the thrill, or are aviation enthusiasts, watch the incoming jets gliding in just a few feet above your head. There is no other place in the world where you can watch planes pass so close to you and experience the excitement of the jet-blast as the planes take off. Sunset Beach Bar offers music, refreshments and food for purchase. Relax on the beach or stroll over to the village for shopping or a casino visit. Your guide will be in attendance throughout the day to offer assistance. Your return journey to the ship, will pass through the village of Simpson Bay. A stop will be made at a fabulous view point where you can take photographs of the airport and Simpson Bay Lagoon, winter home to some of the world’s largest mega yachts. You’ll be given an option to be dropped off in Philipsburg and return to the ship on your own.
Need to Know:
Note: Maho Beach is European style and there may be the possibility of observing partial nudity, i.e. topless bathing. Sun loungers and beach parasols are available for rent, at your own expense. Jet blast from departing airplanes can be extremely dangerous and it is advised that guests do not stand behind or get to close to the end of the runway. Guests will be required to sign a waiver.
Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.