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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