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 outskirts of Maho Reef, Maho Bay Beach is on the South edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider dropping by whether or not you're staying particularly close by. Beaches in St. Martin are often though of as hidden gems with potential for deep relaxation. Though some travelers can't wait to enjoy these secret spots, those who like to keep active will find there's much more variety 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.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Maho Bay Beach at all, it's worth a try. Each country in the Caribbean has its own culinary style, and St. Martin is no different. One truly memorable place to enjoy delicious local specialties is right next to the coast. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of St. Martin's famous street food along the way.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy. You may also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Maho Bay Beach because there are public restrooms. You will also be pleased to find chairs and umbrellas here, so guests seeking a place to relax in the shade will get their wish. You'll find the waters off-shore to be clear and good for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you want to do 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.

Don't forget that Maho Bay Beach is in an area which is visited by quite a number of tourists, so the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Maho Bay Beach is on St. Martin's South coast. It's located near Casino Royale, which is found a few hundred yards away, and it is among the attractions in the area.

To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but some visitors find that museums like Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit (one of the closest to Maho Bay Beach) offer a fun learning experience and help visitors understand St. Martin's interesting past.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. Attractions close to this beach can be 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
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 near Simpson Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Cities near Maho Bay Beach include Simpson Bay, which is certainly not a bustling region, but it can be an interesting destination for guests wanting to get a taste of local life. From the coast, Simpson Bay is a fairly short distance away, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist area, it is not typically very tough to find the kind of hotel you're looking for nearby. For visitors wanting 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


If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Point. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's just a little ways away.

The following table provides a list of dining options located 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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Maho Bay Beach.

You may also want to try Mullet Bay, where there's usually lots 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 were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Burgeaux Bay could be a good option for you. You'll find it not far off the beach at all.

Travelers may also want to consider Cupecoy Bay, located a mile and a half to the northwest. Cupecoy Bay Beach is an unspoiled landscape with pure white sands, towering cliffs, and shoreline caves perfect for exploration.

Maho Bay Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, St. Martin offers a variety of beaches for travelers who wish to try elsewhere.


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