Mcr From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 125 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2383 times:
I'm going to be visiting St Maarten next January (one port of call on a cruise). The itinerary has us arriving at 8am and departing at 11pm, so I will have most of the day there. Obviously there's only one thing to do with a day on St Maarten and that's to visit the beach at the end of the runway to take pictures!
Can anybody fill me in with some practical details? Looking on Google Earth, I can see the beach is some way from the cruise terminal - does anybody know if there's a bus service or are local taxis readily available? What facilities are there at the beach? What can I expect to see there - are there a lot of air movements or are all those fantastic pictures in the database of "once a week" events? Just how wide a lens will I need to get great pictures? How big a risk is it that on any particular day planes will be departing rather than arriving at the beach end of the runway?
Of course, if any other a.netters are planning to be on the Atlantis "Freedom of the Seas" cruise in January, let me know and we could meet up over there!
(Yes, I've checked the archives, and while some of this has been discussed before, it hasn't been recently, things may have changed!)
N501US From United States of America, joined May 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2332 times:
I was there in December on a Princess cruise with a shoreter Window than you have. We got off of the ship and grabbeda cab to the Sunset Beach Bar. THe cab drivers have seen thsi drill before so be too worried. Opened a tab at the bar, sat right there and soaked up the sun and watched planes.
We were there on a Tues or Weds so there wasn't as much traffic as on the weekend. Nevertheless it was a thrill to stand on the beach as MD-80s and 757s came right over my head. Just as enjoyable, was speaking with all of the other aviation enthusiasts. In my case there were a couple of retired AA and CO pilots.
I think we spent $100 on beer and $50.00 on the cab. There are a million ways to skin this cat, but this worked for me.
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Indio66 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 474 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
There are very few stop lights in St. Maartin, as such traffic can be tough, and it can take a long time to cab from the Cruise port to the airport (and there is a drawbridge crossing in between). Allow yourself plenty of time (45 mins each way). It is very much worth the trip.