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 in Maho Reef, Maho Bay Beach is on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. Many of the other beaches in St. Martin are known for being quite secluded, offering beautiful backdrops and few disturbances. While these qualities are undoubtedly perfect for some, other visitors prefer lounging in the livelier environment 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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Every location around the world has its own culinary style, and St. Martin is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to experience delicious local dishes is right next to the coast. 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.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Maho Bay Beach is the ultimate convenience. If available, you could also try local specialties from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. It's also good to know that you will have access to umbrellas and chairs here, so visitors hoping for a shaded area to relax will get their wish. Happily, the off-shore waters are clear and good for snorkeling, so grab some gear if you are looking 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.

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

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on St. Martin's South coast. It's located near Casino Royale, which is found a few hundred yards away, and it is one of a few attractions in the area.

Historic attractions, including Fort Willem I, offer a nice compliment to the scenery of Maho Bay Beach, and allow visitors to learn more about St. Martin, for those willing to go exploring. As a matter of fact, this coast is four miles from this place of historical significance.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. 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
Mullet Bay Golf Course Golf Course 0.6 mi. NNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Starz City & Casino Casino 0.9 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Art Box Gallery Art Gallery 2.2 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
Tropicana Casino Casino 2.5 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Willem I Historical Site 4.1 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Amsterdam Historical Site 4.4 mi. ESE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Lb Scott Sports Auditorium Sporting Event Venue 4.4 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail 4.7 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Museum 5.0 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Simpson Bay is the closest city to Maho Bay Beach. It is not overly developed, and it will be a nice day out for those wanting to scope out the local scene. From the beach, Simpson Bay is a quick trip away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Beach-goers seeking a place to stay near the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from in the vicinity. Find the closest and most convenient lodging options by looking over those listed in the following table.

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
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino 0.2 mi. NNW Resort
El Zafiro 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Beachside Villas 0.5 mi. E Villa complex
Towers at Mullet Bay 0.8 mi. NNW Resort
Cupecoy Beach Club 0.8 mi. NW Villa complex
The Cliff At Cupecoy Beach 0.9 mi. NW Villa complex
Marys Boon Beach Plantation 1.0 mi. E Resort
Paradise Found 1.3 mi. E Hotel


If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the closest places to eat is Azul Mediterranean Restaurant. This restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

Restaurants near Maho Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
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
Sunset Bar & Grill (721) 545-2084 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. SE
Bajatzu (721) 545-2021 Fusion, International Fine Dining 0.2 mi. N
Maho Café (721) 545-2115 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNW
Ocean Terrace Restaurant (721) 545-2115 International Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNW
Palms Grill Restaurant & Bar (721) 545-2115 Eclectic Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNW
Pizzeria Napoli (721) 545-2115 Italian Very Casual 0.2 mi. NNW
The Point Restaurant (721) 545-2115 Caribbean Fine Dining 0.2 mi. NNW
Moulin Fou (721) 545-5777 French, Japanese, Thai Informal 0.2 mi. N
Subway Rhine Road -- American Very Casual 0.2 mi. N
La Rosa Top -- -- -- 0.2 mi. N

Other Beaches

Visitors who are looking for the ideal beach on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten will have lots of options besides Maho Bay Beach.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Maho Bay Beach is what you're looking for, you'll want to consider heading to Mullet Bay, another destination with a good amount of excitement. 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 just a little ways away.

Vacationers may also want to visit 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.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in St. Martin, and dropping by Maho Bay Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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