In our series of five best beaches on St. Maarten, Maho Beach stands out from the rest for being the most outrageous beach setting on the island. Why? Because jumbo jets almost land on your head while you're on this beach. Planes fly extremely low, within a few feet/meters over your head, on final - and I mean final with landing gear down - approach to Princess Juliana Airport. This is a beach experience unlike anything else. We recently learned that KLM's Boeing 747s will no longer be landing there but this video will let you see what it looked like for viewers when they did land there. But no matter. Smaller jet planes will continue to land there and blow you away on the beach, and we mean almost literally blow you away. You will actually feel the jet blast and the stinging blowing sand as they fly over you.
Dawn Beach is one of our favorite beaches on the Dutch side of St. Maarten, and how could it not be as this is where we stayed while vacationing in St. Martin. It is perfectly situated on the island for easy access to the beaches on the French and Dutch sides of the island. It has several good restaurants, hotels and rental properties, and best of all, the beach is fairly calm, with great snorkeling and an amazing sunrise that is not to be missed.
We had the fortunate experience of staying here as our prize for winning the 2012 Islands Magazine Readers' Choice Award for our photo of Capri, Italy. This resort was luxurious and perfectly situated on the island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. The beach, the sunrises, and the suite are exactly as we experienced it. We were so lucky to have had the opportunity to stay here.