Sunset Bar and Grill, St. Maarten (Martin) | CruiseBe
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Sunset Bar and Grill

bar, grill, plane spotting

The Sunset Bar and Grill is a small bar located on Maho Beach in Sint Maarten, formerly known as the Sunset Beach Bar. It is best known for its close proximity to Princess Juliana International Airport, making it a popular hangout for plane spotters.


Sunset Bar and Grill is located within walking distance of Princess Juliana International, and a short drive from the cruise ship docks on the island. The bar is located just to the north of runway 10 at the airport, on Maho Beach. The bar is also within walking distance of many resorts, including the Royal Islander Club.

Aircraft spotting

The low approach made by heavy jet liners over Maho Beach is part of what has made the bar popular. The bar posts departure and arrival times of all commercial aircraft on a surf board by the beach, and also sells the "Jet Blast", a shot named for the high winds created by departing aircraft, And Pizzas named after different airlines.

In February 2016, Sunset Bar and Grill set up a live webcam that follows aircraft arriving and departing aircraft on runway 10. The webcam includes a link to FlightRadar24 to allow users to see movement from nearby planes, ATC communications, and a microphone to hear the beach and the aircraft.


Daily events

The bar hosts hermit crab races every day on Maho Beach. Patrons may bet on the races. Nightly live music is performed by local Caribbean artists. The bar hosts "Lady's Nights", distributing free drinks to all female patrons, "even if they are not topless", taking a stab at their predecessor's promotion, "Topless women drink free". The bar hosts yearly bikini and dance contests, with the results posted on their website. In addition, the bar hosts yearly parties to celebrate the Super Bowl.

Food and drinks

The bar serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as having a full bar. The bar was voted "Best Beach Bar in St. Maarten" in 2011, in a poll conducted by the Daily Herald, St. Maarten's most popular newspaper. It is also ranked #2 in Nightlife on St. Maarten on


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