Philipsburg, St Maarten
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clock-o4 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Discover the thrill of St Maarten's Maho Beach, where jetliners literally fly less than 100 feet above sunbathers—making for a heart-pounding experience. Set out from your Philipsburg port to enjoy Maho's white sands and Caribbean waters as well as its Sunset Beach Bar, where you can sip cocktails (own expense) while actually feeling the vibrations of incoming and outgoing planes. Not only is it sensory overload, but you'll score some incredible pics. This shore excursion includes round-trip port of call transfer.
  • Round-trip port transfer to Maho Beach, aka Airport Beach
  • Get outstanding views of planes taking off from St Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport
  • Swim, sunbathe and purchase drinks and snacks at Sunset Beach Bar
  • Stop for a photo op at Cole Bay Hill
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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J
, Apr 2018

Had to wait for an hour and a half just to get on the bus.

L
, May 2017

This was just a simple excursion from the ship to the Maho beach Airport beach. Basically we just paid for the transfer but it was nice because the bus was air conditioned and we got a rum punch on the way back. The driver was very nice and answered all our questions. The beach for beautiful and really fun. The planes seemed so close. You have to pay for the chairs and an umbrella 20. If you want to stay out of the sun you don't have much choice. There is two restaurants right there if you want a drink and or lunch. I think it is a must see.

D
, Apr 2017

The directions from the ship to the pick-up point are vague and confusing. Once we found it, they seemed to be well organized and professional.

The drive was uneventful, but I do have a problem with the driver using his cell phone most of the way there. Distracted driving isn't safe, and he shouldn't be doing it.

One word of warning: The beach will be VERY busy on some days. We were there in April, and there was hardly enough room to stand. We did rent a lounge, but the water kept coming in and swamping us, so we left that area as there was no place to move the lounge.

We finally went over to the Sunset Bar and paid 5 each to be able to sit by and use the pool. Service is only fair at the Sunset Bar, and, it too, was packed, though there was more room around the pool.

We weren't able to use the transfer on the return due to a medical emergency not the fault of the tour operator, but my biggest complaint and what gives the reduced star rating us that they do not answer the phone number printed on the voucher. I tried many times with no answer. I even sent them a message via their Facebook page. Still waiting for an answer there.

If you're going to have a local phone, it needs to be answered. Very poor customer service in that regard, especially when I was trying to notify them that we wouldn't need the return transfer.

Glad we went, but wouldn't do it again.

K
, Mar 2017

Really easy and reliable transportation from the cruise ship to Majo beach. Easier than a cab!

H
, Oct 2016

Let's start that I have always wanted to go to Maho Beach and this was the BEST excursion ever. The staff was great and very friendly. On the way to Maho beach the driver gave me an inside on the difference between the French and Dutch side of the island and also how life is like on the island.

If you decide to use this excursion, when you get off the ship just walk north all the way to the dead end and make a right it's the only way you can go anyways. Continue to walk and you will see the drop off and pick up for the taxi's but if you look to the left you will see a BIG WHITE TENT and that's where you will grab this exciting trip transfer to Maho Beach.

I can't wait to go back to St. Maarten and use them on my next trip.

C
, Apr 2016

The excursion was great. We were picked up by Will, and he was an absolutely wonderful tour guide. He told us about the history of St. Maarten while on our way to Maho Beach, and he was waiting to pick us up exactly where he said he would be. I would recommend Will to anyone. My only issue is that the time of the excursion was a little confusing. One part of our voucher said 9:00 am, another part said 10:00 am. So we got there at 9:00, checked in, but boarded the wrong bus. Luckily, they found us and took us off before they left, we were supposed to leave at 10:00. Will arrived early, and we left a few minutes after 9:00. It was a great day!

M
, Apr 2016

True bucket list experience! Where else can you lie on a beach in the Caribbean and be almost assaulted by planes landing right over you thankfully though not on you! Driver was accommodating and efficient--pick-up/delivery was easy and on time to get us to boat.

A
, Jan 2016

Great !!! Our driver, Bert was awesome.

V
, Oct 2015

It was a nice excursion. We were taken to an additional beach since the Maho beach did not have much sand and I got to play in the water which was fun. The Maho beach with the airplanes was very interesting.

k
, Aug 2015

We had a great time on the excursion, our driver was friendly and very informative. My only issue was that we didn't get very good directions about where to get the shuttle. We wandered around a little bit until a security guard helped us find someone.


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