It’s getting warmer here in Florida 🌴☀️ since summer is approaching which means no school for 2 months which is great and I got a massive list of places to go not necessarily just for the summer, for anytime and one of those was going to St Maarten 🇸🇽 and I’m glad to say this, it’s time we check it off the list as I head over there for the weekend just for fun! And I’ll have a full day to spot on the famous Maho Beach 🏝️ without further to do, let’s get over to the airport and get this trip started!
Origin: Miami Intl ( KMIA )
Destination: Princess Juliana Intl ( TNCM )
Flight Time: 2:18
Boeing 737-800 ( American Airlines )
I will admit that it is such a change to fly to a warm Caribbean destination since the last time I was here, I came in from Buenos Aires, Argentina 🇦🇷 not to mention Ushuaia and Antarctica 🇦🇶 as well so a trip to a warm place was needed, but I am flying economy so I didn’t have lounge access so I stopped at Cafe Versailles before heading to Gate D27 where this 737-800 was waiting for us to take us to av geek paradise! 🏝️☀️😎
Despite flying in economy, I didn’t want to be in complete discomfort so I booked a seat towards the front so I can 1, provide a good engine and wing view 2, I can have more legroom and 3 I won’t have to deal with Babies so yeah this was a great seat even though it was a traditional economy seat for a plane usually used on domestic flights!
Speaking of babies, we had very turbulent takeoff with high crosswinds which was great 🙄 and all the shaking set the babies off not even a MINUTE after take off so I didn’t save myself from the infamous crying babies.
But once positive thing about this take off, we had an amazing view of Miami ☀️🌴 as we left the US east coast behind on the way to the Caribbean!
Climbed up to FL380 and cruised over the Bahamas 🇧🇸, Turks and Caicos 🇹🇨, Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 and some of the US Virgin Islands 🇻🇮 before landing in St Maarten 🇸🇽, I was handed a pack of pretzels and I got in my opinion AAs best hub, MIAMI 🏝️👍🌴🤩 I also got a coke as a complimentary drink for free!
We started our decent right above San Juan, Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 a lovely place which I hope to come back to since I was only there for like 5 or 6 hours on a cruise I went on over winter break.
Well that decent was quick and here is a view of Maho Beach 🏝️ while on short final and since this flight was slightly delayed, we landed with a sunset 🌅 which is nice! and all those spotters on the beach with cameras 📸 made me feel like a celebrity!
TOUCHDOWN! Welcome to Princess Juliana International Airport serving the island of St Maarten 🇸🇽❤️
Buy the time I got through customs, picked up my bag and left the airport, it’s already dark out so there was no beach or spotting now but did have a nice dinner near my hotel to wrap this day up, tomorrow I’m going to be spotting here ALL DAY so that sounds like fun and Sunday I cry since we head back to Miami but between now and time, see you at the beach! 😉