If you’re on Facebook, then chances are you’ve seen shared photos of big airplanes coming in over a beach in some exotic island. I got to go to this beach on spring break, and it was pretty great.
This was another cruise port that I was looking for low cost options where we could explore on our own, but I wanted for sure to hit this beach. The photos were way too cool to miss.
This cruise port is quite nice, and we liked it a lot. Clean and bright, and you can walk up to a big taxi stand where there are signs posted telling you the cost to go to different locations. The cost for a taxi to Maho Beach is $8 per person. Each way. So for a family of four, you’re looking at $64 to get to and from this beach. Which isn’t awful, but it’s definitely not nothing!
We got in a cab and were driven to the beach. It’s a longer drive from the port than I was expecting, but there were lots of nice sights along the way and the van was air conditioned and the driver was nice. Upon arrival, we were coming down the street right when a plane was coming in and it was very exciting. We were dropped off, with our driver telling us she’d be back at 2 and to look for her.
My initial plan was that this beach was not going to be a long stop, because how long can you stay and watch planes land? The answer: a long time! 🙂 The beach was hopping. It’s not a huge beach, and it was packed. Half of it has chairs and umbrellas that you can rent ($20 a set), there’s a bar on each end where you can buy buckets of beer and other drinks and food, and a big section below where the planes come in.
I took this video on the beach. Then when I posted it on Facebook, someone tried to claim it was fake! Nope, it’s the real deal!
We found a spot in the sand, got comfy, and started watching the planes. And it did not disappoint. Planes came in with regularity. The vast majority of them were smaller planes, but occasionally a big jet would come in, which really got the crowd worked up!
We found a nice spot in the sand, laid out our towels, and enjoyed the day.
The actual water and beach were very nice too. I had read that at some point a hurricane made the beach less pleasant, and that you didn’t want to play in the water or sand but that information must have been dated because this beach was super nice. The sand was soft and the waves were fun. We all had fun playing in the water.
Occasionally the jets would take off, and they take off in the same direction that they land. When a big one would take off, sometimes people in the direct path would be sprayed with sand or blown into the water. It was quite comical. Sometimes the pilots would open their windows and wave at the crowds on the beach before take off.
There restaurant and bar area has a nice bathroom, there was music playing, and you could get your drinks right on the beach.
When you wanted to leave, you just had to grab one of the many taxis cruising up and down the strip calling for passengers. We spent most of the day on the beach, then got a taxi back to the pier where we walked around, checked out the stalls, then headed back to the ship. It was a good day.