Galion Beach

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This beach has some nice trees providing shade and is very sparsely developed. It's ideal for swimming and wading in warm Caribbean waters.

Located on the eastern edge of Saint Martin, in the same area as the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, Galion Beach is on the East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. The beaches in St. Martin aren't usually known for their peace and quiet, but you'll find Galion Beach to be a little calmer than most, making it just the right spot for vacationers who aren't fond of huge throngs of tourists.

How to Access The Beach
You'll have no trouble finding somewhere to park or walking right up on this beach. The road that provides access is called the Rue de Coconut Grove.

Amenities and Ambiance

This is a beautiful beach with stunning white sand and crystalline waters. There are wonderful views of the sunrise on the eastern beach. There are many paths for taking sunny strolls and an offshore coral reef for great snorkeling.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Galion Beach at all, it's worth a try. Each destination around the Caribbean has its own style of cuisine, and St. Martin is no different. One of the most memorable places to try local specialties is right on the water. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of St. Martin's famous street food along the way.

Even if you plan to dine elsewhere, the snack bar on-site could come in handy.

One obvious convenience is this beach's picnic facilities, which are perfect for setting up your carry-out food, or just lounging under the sun.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. In addition, you'll find umbrellas and chairs, so visitors seeking some respite from the sun will not go leave unhappy. The water here is fit for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some equipment if you want to do some underwater exploration.

Though, please remember that even if there fortunately are some forms of comforts on-site if you go to Galion Beach, it is found in an active, busy area. Because of this, if your ideal vacation means these amenities are a crucial feature, naturally, it's a smart reason to come earlier in the morning prior to when the crowds or perhaps going to a beach in a more remote area. Otherwise, you may miss the chance to take advantage of the amenities which the beach has for its guests.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Galion Beach on St. Martin's East coast; it will be near other attractions like The Butterfly Farm, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

Some may think that beaches and museums are an odd combination, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like The Old House (located only a walk or a short cab ride away) offer an entertaining diversion and a whole new side of St. Martin's history.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Galion Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 0.4 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Old House Museum 0.6 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mount Vernon Plantation Historical Site 0.7 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

The town of Oyster Pond is close-by and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Oyster Pond is just up the road, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Those hoping to find a place to stay not far from the beach won't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You can find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by perusing what's listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Galion Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Club Orient Resort 0.4 mi. N Resort
Hotel Alamanda Resort 0.7 mi. N Resort
Palm Court Hotel 0.7 mi. NNW Hotel
L'Hoste Hotel 0.8 mi. NNW Resort
St Tropez Hotel 0.8 mi. NNW Hotel
La Plantation Orient Bay Resort 0.8 mi. NW Hotel
Club Fantastico 0.9 mi. NW Resort
Esmeralda Resort 1.0 mi. NNW Resort
Alizea Hotel -- -- Hotel
Boca Raton Hotel -- -- Hotel

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Galion Beach; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the nearest places to eat is Chez Pat. You'll have the option of walking or taking a cab as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurant options are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Galion Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Chez Pat -- -- -- 0.0 mi. W
Papagayo (598) 029-4001 International Very Casual 0.4 mi. N
Pedro's -- -- -- 0.4 mi. NE
Andy & Cheryl's -- American Very Casual 0.4 mi. NE
Salsa (069) 059-6279 -- -- 0.4 mi. NE
Leandra -- -- -- 0.4 mi. NE
Ethnic (059) 087-1245 International Very Casual 0.5 mi. NE
Kontiki (059) 087-4327 Caribbean, French Very Casual 0.5 mi. N
Aloha (069) 077-5393 Caribbean, French Very Casual 0.5 mi. N
Brice Paradise -- -- -- 0.5 mi. N
Fiesta Mexicana (059) 063-1169 -- -- 0.5 mi. N
Le String Beach Restaurant -- -- -- 0.5 mi. N

Other Beaches

Vacationers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten besides Galion Beach.

You might also enjoy Orient Beach, found within a mile or so. As one of the most popular beaches on St. Martin, Orient Beach is one toursit hot spot, with plenty of great things to do. The festive charm of these amazing sandy shores creates the perfect atmosphere for your beach vacation. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might enjoy people watching at Green Cay. It's located less than a mile to the northeast.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Baie Lucas Beach, located within a couple of miles.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in St. Martin, and Galion Beach is just one of the many options.

 

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