Update: Since I made this post in November of 2013 the Sonesta has become an All-Inclusive resort which is highly patrolled by guards so that only resort guests are allowed on the property. I encountered the same issue that Tim, a commenter below experienced this past November 2016. The solution is simple: swim from the shore, climb up, walk around to the pool and just do it. That’s what I did.
New Video from November 2016 trip
So you want to jump off a cliff? Well St. Maarten has the best spot I’ve ever found in all my travels.
Out on the point of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort you will find this gem. It’s the perfect height to get your adrenaline going, the perfect depth to not worry about hitting anything below, there are multiple methods to get out of the water and it’s easy to access. What more could you want?
For those wanting to make the jump read on and I’ll give you the scoop.
The best view of the cliff is from Sunset Beach Bar (Sunset Bar & Grill now for a few years but I refuse to call it that). You will see a lone tree right at the top. That’s the spot. Make your way through the resort any way you like and find your way to the Hotel on the point. When you go around back you can just walk directly to the jump spot.
WARNING: I have watched countless friends get hurt from jumping wrong and being timid. If you’re going to jump from this height you need to have good form and be committed otherwise you will flail, land on your back or chest and mostly likely sustain an injury.
So stand on the edge, take a deep breath and jump.
To get out either swim back to shore or there is a spot you can get out by climbing out of the water onto the choral. You need to time your exit right so that a swell doesn’t throw you into the choral, but that’s the fastest way to get out and do it again.