Destination guide

Jet off to a beach like no other in the world

Even if you've never heard of Maho, you've probably seen a picture of its world-renowned beach of the same name, where you can practically reach up and touch the 747s landing on the runway. Maho vacation rentals are on the Dutch side of Saint Martin (known as Sint Maarten) in the north Caribbean, near the enormous inland lagoon of Simpson Bay. The Dutch side has busy beaches, secluded coves, cute shops and - cha-ching! - lots of casinos. The French side is where you'll find all those clothing optional-beaches.

Things to do

The extra 'a' in Sint Maarten stands for 'attractions'

Simpon Bay is an enormous lagoon that mostly divides the French and Dutch sides of the island. Not out of necessity you understand, this is the Caribbean and everyone gets along. The lagoon's a great place to snorkel, swim, boat, and dive. Do some ziplining and other adventuring at Loterie Park, or admire the animals at the Seaside Nature Park or the St Maarten Zoo. Do you like sweeping views? Of course you do, so visit the island's highest point, Pic du Paradis, for your Kodak moment. And visit Philipsburg, the Dutch capital, which has a beachfront boardwalk with bars, shops, and restaurants.


Have a blast, or rather, jet blast, at Maho Beach.

If you're here, you're likely a beach lover and, rest assured, there's lots of white sand near your Maho vacation rental. In fact, the soft sand and blue balmy waters of Maho Beach, plus, of course its jets, are the thing everybody roars about. Test your luck at one of the casinos, tee off on a lush golf course, or get tipsy with a sampling of local rums. The island's national liqueur is Guavaberry rum and its liquor experts have created rums with just about every exotic fruit that exists. Hit a distillery to see for yourself.


Sunny with a slight chance of hurricanes

The rainy season is August through November, and yes, there's always a chance of hurricanes at that time in this area of the Atlantic. And when it rains, it comes in like the jets: intense but over quickly. But overall, the weather here is pretty agreeable, especially if you agree with nice hot sunshine. Year-round temps are in the 80s, with the thermo creeping up to the 90s from June to November, and slightly decreasing to the upper 70s from December to May. And a heads-up that the latter is the most popular time for Maho vacation rentals.

Natural features

A tiny island with 2 nationalities and tons of wildlife

This hilly island is of volcanic origin, which sounds like a fact you heard in geography class, but you probably never studied Sint Maartin because, in truth, it's pretty small. The island's 37 square miles are divided nearly in half between the French and the Dutch side, with the highest point, the 1,400-foot Pic du Paradis, belonging to the French. Each side has stunning scenery, from harbors and rocky coves to white-sand beaches and seaside bluffs. And its wildlife, which prefers no particular side, consists of bats, mongooses, iguanas, geckos, sea turtles, and a huge variety of birds.

Where to stay around Maho?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 284 vacation rentals near Maho. From 149 Condos/Apartments to 75 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Maho for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Maho?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Maho:

  • Oyster Pond: 190 vacation rentals
  • Pelican Key: 189 vacation rentals
  • Red Pond Estates: 133 vacation rentals
  • Les Terres Basses: 411 vacation rentals
  • Indigo Bay: 49 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Maho?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Maho. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Starz City Casino: 791 vacation rentals
  • Mullet Beach: 761 vacation rentals
  • American University of the Caribbean: 775 vacation rentals
  • University of St. Martin: 790 vacation rentals
  • Shoal Bay Beach: 324 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Maho listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Maho?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 149 Condos/Apartments in Maho. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Maho include:

  • Villas: 75 rentals available
  • Houses: 34 rentals available
  • Resorts: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Maho?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 227 vacation rentals with pool available in Maho. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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