Last Update: 26-DEC-2011
We arrived in St. Martin and knew we wanted to go to Maho Beach, Sunset Beach Bar, to watch the planes land. Another group was getting a taxi at the stand where we had to wait, and tried to get us to join their island tour. We knew we wanted to see the 747 land so had to go directly to the beach since nobody knew the schedule. So we got a taxi and for $20 total we were dropped off at Maho Bay. We rented 2 chairs and an umbrella since we knew we had hours to relax and wait. The weather was a bit cloudy but it never rained. I snorkeled there last year and knew it wasn't the best but it made Ken happy. Where else can you snorkel and have large planes flying directly overhead? I even found a dollar bill on the sea floor and dove down to retrieve it--my soggy dollar and thought it was an omen to go visit the Soggy Dollar Bar in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands. The planes started landing around 11:00 or so and the big one flew over @ 12:20, slightly ahead of schedule. The hats flew off when the jet passed by but I didn't see anyone rolling backward from the jet blast. The sand blows back at you and must be hard on cameras.
Welcome to St. Maarten
Looking towards Princess Juliana International Airport from A.J.C Brouwer Rd.
Looking down the runway from Maho Beach
No need to get up !
Twin engine commuter arrivals.
Sunset Bar and Grill has the arrival times. (Were not sure if it was for Sat or Sun)
The famous warning sign
Looking at the Sunset Grill and Saba 40 miles to the south.
Looking down the runway
Someone is having a bad vacation. This ship was in port when we arrived and it looked like it needed some serious work !
The KLM 747 arrives early. Mary took the beach photo. I was under the plane shooting the video (I am standing below the second column from the left on the blue building in the brown shirt / gray pants)
Twin engine commuter VERY LOW ! The lowest one of the day.
More jet arrivals
The 747 is on the move
Most people we have seen. Weekends are definitely busy !
The 747 departure. It was not that impressive
Two ships in today. Ours is on the right
Cool shore protection
Costa Luminosa - Bigger than our ship but less passengers at 2,260
Looking west to Saba. My favorite island. It's not on my Garmin GPS. It's appx. 28 miles away
Saba above the date / time. Sint Eustatius on the right side of the flag appx. 35 miles away. You can see Saint Kitts to the left of the flag over 45 miles away.
Looking at Philipsburg which is the largest settlement on Dutch side of island.
Port facilities at Philipsburg
Interesting that they cary prop parts. Not sure how they could install it at sea ? Interesting seating area up front.
Departing St. Maartin
Container port facilities at Philipsburg
Darn. A second 747 departing
Very smooth and St. Kitts 45 miles away.
Saint-Barthélemy (France) 15 miles to the southeast
Excellent sunset - Saba on the left
Saba and a sailboat
Looking back at St. Maarten
Porno ice cream dessert
Sunday evening football at sea.