Maho Bay Beach

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The waters of Maho Beach are especially popular with windsurfers, and are also great for swimming. There will often be crowds here on the weekends.

Located on the southwestern edge of Maho Reef, Maho Bay Beach is on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying very close. Those vacationers who thrive in busy, social environments won't have trouble fitting in at Maho Bay Beach.

How to Access The Beach
Beacon Hill Road runs right alongside this beach. It's just south of the roundabout where Airport Road becomes Rhine Road. The bars on either end of the beach provide parking for this beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Maho Bay is situated right at the foot of Juliana Airport's runway. With the sounds of the planes taking off and landing mixed with ambiance of the shore, this beach is full of dramatic touches.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Maho Bay Beach. There are several types of dining experiences in St. Martin that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be especially fun. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, on your way to the beach you could grab some carry-out from a casual dining spot.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

This beach has public restrooms——something you'll appreciate if you spend more than a couple of hours here. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas, so visitors hoping for a break from the hot sun will not be disappointed. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface. This is one of the St. Maarten's busiest beaches. Weekdays are best time to visit Maho Bay Beach, as the crowds then are generally smaller. During the weekend, just as many locals as vacationers flock to these shores. A lot of beachgoers enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the beach's Sunset Beach Bar, where there is even live music every evening.

Bear in mind that Maho Bay Beach's immediate surroundings are is a much-visited area, so you may find quite a few people vying for the use of the same facilities.

What's Nearby


The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. It's located near Casino Royale, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction, and it is one of a number of favorite local destinations.

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of St. Martin, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. For instance, nearby is Fort Willem I, which is four miles away.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Maho Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Casino Royale Casino 0.1 mi. N the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Dunes Casino Casino 0.2 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mullet Bay Golf Course Golf Course 0.6 mi. NNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Grand Casino-Mullet Bay Casino 0.6 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Starz City & Casino Casino 0.9 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Pelican Casino Casino 1.8 mi. ESE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Lightning Casino Casino 1.9 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Princess Casino Casino 2.2 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction 2.3 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mounette Radot Gallery Art Gallery 2.3 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Paradise Plaza Casino Gambling Site 2.3 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Tropicana Casino Casino 2.5 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Maho Bay Beach is close to Simpson Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The closest town to Maho Bay Beach is Simpson Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the beach, Simpson Bay is just up the road, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation area, it typically isn't that tough to find the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For guests looking to book a place that's near the ocean, the following table lists the options closest to Maho Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Maho Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
La Terrasse Suite Hotel At Maho Village 0.1 mi. N Resort
Sonesta Ocean Point 0.2 mi. NW Resort
Caravanserai Beach Resort 0.2 mi. SE Resort
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino 0.2 mi. NNW Resort
Towers at Mullet Bay 0.8 mi. NNW Resort
Royal Turtle Inn 0.8 mi. ENE Hotel
Marys Boon Beach Plantation 1.0 mi. E Resort
Paradise Found 1.3 mi. E Hotel
Airport Inn Hotel -- -- Hotel
Chatelaine Hotel -- -- Hotel


When you get hungry for an afternoon snack, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. Point is one of the closest eateries. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Maho Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Point -- -- -- 0.0 mi. NNW
Cigal's Garden Le Charolais (721) 545-2872 -- -- 0.1 mi. N
Mamma Mia (721) 545-3934 -- -- -- --
Morning Life (721) 545-2274 -- -- -- --
Morning Life (721) 545-2274 -- -- -- --
Paris Bistro (721) 545-5677 French, Mediterranean Informal -- --
Sopranos Restaurant (721) 545-2485 Italian Informal -- --
The Dali (721) 545-4039 -- -- -- --
Wine And Cheese (721) 545-2273 -- -- -- --
Granduca (721) 545-2800 Italian Fine Dining 0.1 mi. N
Azul Mediterranean Restaurant (721) 545-3100 Mediterranean Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NW
Ocean Terrace Restaurant (721) 545-3100 International Informal 0.2 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Of course, Maho Bay Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

Another location you might enjoy is Mullet Bay, a popular beach beloved by tourists. You'll find it a half mile to the northwest. The breathtaking shores of Mullet Bay Beach are popular with both vacationers and locals alike. If you're looking for a more secluded beach experience, you might find what you want at Burgeaux Bay. It is located only a short distance away.

Vacationers may also want to visit Cupecoy Bay, which is located within a short distance. Cupecoy Bay Beach is an unspoiled landscape with pure white sands, towering cliffs, and shoreline caves perfect for exploration.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in St. Martin, but visiting Maho Bay Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in St. Martin even more memorable.


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