Maho Bay Beach, St. Martin/St. Maarten

Sunset Bar Maho Bay: Where People Watch People Watching Planes

Many visitors to St. Martin/St. Maarten flock to Sunset Bar on Maho Bay to experience an odd tourist attraction: the airport. Princess Juliana Airport to be exact.

No doubt, you’ve seen amazing photos of jumbo jets passing just above the heads of beachgoers, right? What really amazed us on our last visit, though, was how strangely excited all the people were.

I mean, they’d all flown in from all around the world. They were on a gorgeous island in the Caribbean. An island teeming with topnotch restaurants, topless/clothing-optional beaches, vibrant reefs, tens-of-thousands of locals to meet, and more…

Despite all of this, their biggest obsession was spending the day at Sunset Bar Maho Bay at the edge of a noisy airport.

It’s a strange, backward obsession we tried to capture in this photo essay. Click through the photos below to see what it’s all about.

Last updated by Patrick Bennett on .

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