An Island Adventure That Could Kill You

April 12, 2012 | By | 17 Comments

At St. Maarten’s Maho Beach, the shore-ex of choice is playing chicken with jumbo jets that seem poised to plow into onlookers and beach chairs instead of land at the adjacent airport.

That — actually quite safe — endeavor is nothing compared with the take-offs from Princess Juliana International, which inspire thrill-seekers to ignore warnings of possible death and test their grip against hurricane-force jet exhaust. Don’t worry, reports indicate that the teenage girl was “okay,” despite a gash to the head.
Maho is about nine miles from where mega-ships dock in Phillipsburg, and debarking passengers can grab a taxi from the pier or hop a bus from Back Street. Cruise Critic readers in the know say to time your arrival with that of heavy machinery (the 747’s) bound from Europe — typically from noon to about fourish (official arrival schedule). Like a cocktail with your flybys? Land a bar stool at the ideally situated Sunset Bar & Grill (pictured).
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    17 Responses to “An Island Adventure That Could Kill You”

    1. Filip Demuinck
      April 12th, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

      Looks dangerius. We are certainly going to visit this beach but I will not stand so close.


    2. Heidi
      April 12th, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

      Looking forward to our Disney Cruise this summer and stopping at Maho Beach….I won’t be attempted the take-off thrill but looking forward to seeing some jets land:)

    3. Rich
      April 12th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      Great place to visit when in St. Maarten! Just use common sense and obey the posted signs. To see the 747’s and other jumbo jets, arrive around 1-2p, they all fly in later in the day.

    4. Brent
      April 12th, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

      This was one of the most exhiliarating experiences ever. I know it’s risky, but I had wanted to feel jet blast in my face at least once, and I got a good taste of a United A319. I wouldn’t recommend doing what the girl in the video did though. Yikes!

    5. Kim
      April 12th, 2012 @ 5:27 pm

      We went there and I had no idea how powerful the air was. My friends were yanking me to to the side and I couldn’t figure out why. They kept yelling JUST DO IT – WE’LL TELL YOU AFTER. Well there was no need to tell me after. That’s really a risky thing to do to stand right behind them. If you loosen your grip for one second, you’re going to end up like that young girl. She was very lucky.

    6. Di
      April 13th, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

      Loved watching the huge jets land just over Maho Beach. Thanks to all the cruise critic friends that mentioned not missing this at St. Marteen. We were there in February 2012 via NCL EPIC. Taxi was $9 per person each way. Sunset Bar and Grill was perfect for lunch and a couple drinks. No problem getting a taxi back to the ship. There was a steady stream of taxis coming and going. Thanks Lil Twin for the narrative about the island on the way back to the ship.

    7. dog
      April 13th, 2012 @ 3:38 pm

      Wait I’m to feel sorry cause of some idiot did this to her self? I guess she the one that pets the bear at the zoo.Numb skull.

    8. Dave Morris
      April 13th, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

      Stupid is as stupid does….(sigh)

    9. smartytour
      April 13th, 2012 @ 6:49 pm

      Please obey safety rule,we most read the safety sign that said you should not get behind starting air plane ,not because you are a tourist you are immune to death,so why you are on vacation,obey all safety rule when you are on a tour whether with smarty tour or any other tour company,it is rather to be safe than sorry.

    10. Brian
      April 15th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

      Just one word for those who do this: Duh!

    11. transatlantic cruiser
      April 16th, 2012 @ 10:25 am

      We visited St Marten on our most recent cruise but ended up spending most of the day on Orient Beach – had a great time and can’t wait to go back and check out Maho Beach.

    12. Philip
      April 18th, 2012 @ 9:45 am

      Breathing the jet fumes is not a good idea.

    13. Mikel
      April 18th, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

      I’m a pilot for an airline that flies out of Princess Juliana airport and I’m always astonished by this. People don’t realize just how strong even an average jet engine can be or how much debris can be flung at you. I especially want to yell at parents who allow their children to do this. This girl is very very lucky to be alive.

    14. Blind rid
      April 18th, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

      Uh, Phil you are feeling air passing thru thr turbines, not jet fuel. One must have a clue….

    15. Hickey Law Firm, P.A.
      May 4th, 2012 @ 10:12 am

      Cruise lines often maintain that they are not responsible for any injuries, accidents or attacks that happen when passengers are off the ship. In truth, it depends, and cruise lines could be held liable for injuries or attacks if company officials knew of dangerous situations and did not fully inform passengers. Do not assume that the cruise line has the absolute last word if you are hurt on a cruise excursion.

    16. Janna
      May 15th, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

      That was just dumb, there are things in this world exciting enough to risk injury. That’s not one of them. That’s for those that don’t get out much. Live more and you’ll agree.

    17. Jean
      September 22nd, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

      My husband is a pilot and couldn’t wait to watch the planes landing and taking off. I recommend standing in the water or on the beach right by the water and you won’t get hurt and it is very exciting. When they are taking off, the sand blows a lot so keep your camera protected. Use common sense, pay attention to the signs and it can be an exhilarating experience :)

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