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.

Set in Maho Reef, Maho Bay Beach is on the South edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Although St. Martin has beaches that are more secluded than Maho Bay Beach, it has just the right mix of intimacy and atmosphere to attract beachgoers.

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.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Maho Bay Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. There all types of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in St. Martin, but trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially memorable. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The concession stand at this spot is also an option. If available, you could also purchase food from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Yes, there are public restrooms at Maho Bay Beach. In addition, you'll find umbrellas and chairs, so guests looking for a relaxing spot in the shade will not be disappointed. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. 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.

Maho Bay Beach including its available conveniences happens to be found well within a relatively urbanized region. As such, if you feel that these amenities make or break a trip, it'll likely be a good cause to visit in the morning well before the crowds do or perhaps going to a beach further away. If you wait around, you may be unable to fully enjoy the amenities which this beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on St. Martin's South coast. It is near some interesting sites like Casino Royale, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is one of a number of attractions in the region.

If you're intrigued by St. Martin's history, there are lots of sites which offer a historic look at the nation. The nearest historical attraction is Fort Willem I, which is four miles away.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are found 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
Atlantis World 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

The closest city to Maho Bay Beach is Simpson Bay, which is not overly developed, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for guests wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Simpson Bay isn't far off, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is located in a pretty popular tourist area, it shouldn't be very difficult to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. For visitors hoping to get a place that's near the beach, the table that follows shows 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


One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest restaurants is Point. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists dining options near this beach.

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, you'll find other beaches besides Maho Bay Beach on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

You may also want to try Mullet Bay, which is home to plenty of activity. It is located 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 something a little more private, you might find what you want at Burgeaux Bay. It is located just a little ways away.

Another option worth considering is Cupecoy Bay, located a mile and a half away. Cupecoy Bay Beach is an unspoiled landscape with pure white sands, towering cliffs, and shoreline caves perfect for exploration.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in St. Martin; then again, Maho Bay Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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