TripAdvisor puts Maho Beach, St. Maarten in the spotlight

POSTED: 06/22/12 2:18 PM
Tourists are drawn to Maho Beach, St. Maarten due to the attraction landing and departing planes have to offer.

St. Maarten – Traveler’s web site TripAdvisor put St. Maarten in the spotlight with a review of ten unique beaches. In the number 1 position, the site presents Maho Beach, ahead of nine other must-see spots around the world.
Up to yesterday, the choice for Maho Beach, St. Maarten seemed to please most visitors; there were almost 200 reactions from tourists who had been to Maho beach where they enjoy sun, sand, food and roaring airplanes.
Behind Maho Beach, TripAdvisor ranked Glass Beach in Fort Bragg and Pfeiffer Big State Beach in Big Sur, both in California as the number 2 and 3 on the list.
Palawan Beach in Singapore, a man-made beach using imported sand claims the number 4 spot, ahead of Hawaii (Punaluu Beach) and Israel (Mineral Beach at the Dead Sea).
Further down the list are beaches in New South Wales (Australia), Cape Town (South Africa), North Island (New Zealand), and Harbour Island in the Bahamas.
The beach-list, and especially the comments from TripAdvisor-visitors, gives a rare insight in what tourists love about their beach. At the top of the list are not natural beauty and peace and quiet, but action and result.
The man-made beach in Singapore for instance triggered this reaction: “Who cares if the sand is imported and the beach is manmade – this is a lovely picturesque and palm fringed little beach for families.”
And then the reactions to Maho Beach: out of the 184 comments, 83.7 percent ranked it as “very good to excellent” while 23 people (12.5 percent) who commented thought the beach average. Only five comments ranked Maho Beach as poor, and 2 said it was terrible.
“There isn’t much beach to lie on as there is a significant drop before the water but the sand is good and the bar is close by and of course the planes buzzing overhead make it a great spot,” a tourist from Magnolia (Texas) wrote.
“It’s small; rocky in areas. Water can be calm one minute to the big “tsunami” the next. Very picturesque to capture planes coming into airport. Beach vendors can be bothersome offering massages, jewelry to sell, and hair braiding,” a tourist from Washington DC commented.
And a visitor from Poughkeepsie, New York, had this to say: “During a recent vacation, we visited the island of Saint Martin for a week. The beach has a lot going on and is not for everyone. It was just perfect for me and we went back 3 times during our stay. The proximity of the beach to the airport was quite entertaining also. Watching people and their belongings get blown into the water was definitely a highlight of my trip. If you are looking for amazingly close shots of 747s and some action during a beach stop, I highly recommend this beach. Only thing… be sure to get there early because the beach fills up fast due to a large specific area marked for no occupancy due to the planes taking off.”

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