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.

Situated on the eastern outskirts of Saint Martin, near 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 should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Though not very urbanized, many visitors find this destination worthwhile since it has such a relaxed atmosphere.

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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. There are so many dining experiences in St. Martin that visitors can partake in, but trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially fun. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Otherwise, street vendors and casual walk-up eateries will have take-out dishes you can bring to the beach.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere.

Lots of visitors make use of the picnic tables at Galion Beach, which make beach dining less messy, and are good spots for lounging.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. In addition, you'll find chairs and umbrellas, so visitors looking for a relaxing spot in the shade will not go leave unhappy. The water in the area is of good snorkeling quality, so purchase or rent some gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

With that said, you will want to keep in mind that even though there fortunately are (BLANK) conveniences for you to enjoy if you go to Galion Beach, it is found in an active, busy area. If you are no fan of busy beaches, it should be a good motivator to think ahead to beat all the other tourists, like having your beach visit in the morning. If you wait around, you may miss the chance to fully use the amenities that Galion Beach has to offer.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. It is near The Butterfly Farm, which is one of a few attractions close-by.

Historical attractions such as Mount Vernon Plantation provide a nice compliment to a soothing day at Galion Beach, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about St. Martin's past, without having to go too far from the beach.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

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

Galion Beach is close to Oyster Pond, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Oyster Pond is the closest city and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the beach, Oyster Pond is just up the road, maybe a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a pretty popular tourist area, it usually isn't that tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. For visitors looking to find a place that's near the water, the table below shows the closest accommodations to Galion Beach.

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


Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Galion Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. Chez Pat is one of the closest eateries. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's only a short distance away.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown 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

There are multiple beaches to discover on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, of course, so Galion Beach is just one of your options.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Orient Beach, situated only a short distance away. 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. On the other hand, Green Cay could provide more action, and isn't far from nearby attractions. You'll find it less than a mile to the northeast.

Another option worth considering is Baie Lucas Beach, located only a short distance away.

Perhaps Galion Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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