One Caribbean Beach You May Never Want To Visit!

Among the stunning beaches of the Caribbean, there is one that, while extremely appealing, you may not want to visit anytime soon.

Maho Beach is located on the Dutch side of St. Martin (which is in the country of Sint Marteen). Every year, the beach attracts tourists from all over the world with its beautiful white sand and crystal clear waters.

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Photo credit: Boom/Thomas Prior

So what’s the issue? There’s one, unique, but quite dangerous aspect of this beach that will bring tremors to the weakhearted.

What’s that in the water above?

Well Maho beach is famous for being located ridiculously close to Princess Juliana International Airport. The landing strip to Runway 10 is only about 7,500 feet-long, so the aircraft landing there must touchdown as soon as possible. As such, planes coming in must resort to flying at a low altitude, thus just flying meters over sunbathing tourists.

This warning serves as a strong deterrent:

Photo credit Thomas Prior

Photo credit: Boom/Thomas Prior

If you think this isn’t as serious as it sounds:

Photo credit Thomas Prior

Photo credit: Boom/Thomas Prior

Photo credit: Boom/Thomas Prior

Photo credit: Boom/Thomas Prior

Convinced?

So why do tourists keep coming back?

Well, the above pictures are not the normal scene, to be clear, such issues only develop once in a while as normally the beach is more like:

Beach 2c

Beach 2b

Beach 3 a

Beach 3 final

But of course, every now and then, a pilot comes in slightly lower than normal, slightly too fast, slightly too forcefully, etc…that’s when disaster strikes! That’s when you don’t want to be there. If, however you’re a brave one, ensure you pack your goggles before going!

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