Dawn Beach

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Located on the east coast of the island, Dawn Beach is a long stretch of beautiful white sand bordering clear waters. Sharing the beach with the Westin St Maarten, the area is popular with tourists, though its length allows for some areas to be quieter than others.

Located toward the southern outskirts of Oyster Pond, Dawn Beach is on the North East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by whether or not you're staying in the immediate vicinity. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of St. Martin's beaches, but Dawn Beach offers those same relaxation qualities without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

How to Access The Beach

As beaches in St. Maarten must remain public, guests can take advantage of the parking areas in the nearby resorts (Oyster Bay to the north, Westin to the south) or open areas off of Oyster Pond Road. Any of these spots promise just a short walk to the beach area.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach features powdery white sand, where guests can lay out and admire the beautiful panoramic views of the Caribbean, where you can see silhouettes of cays and the Oyster Bay Resort in the distance. Incredible turquoise waters converge with the dry sand, inviting admirers to enter and swim. If close to one of the nearby resorts, guests will likely find the beach dotted with beach chairs and umbrellas, while the center of the bay promises a far more secluded experience.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. There are plenty of dining experiences to be enjoyed in St. Martin, but eating at the beach can be especially enjoyable. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas can be used by visitors hoping for a shaded area to relax. The water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life.

With that said, make sure you see that even if there are luckily a few amenities and services on-site if you go to Dawn Beach, it is located within a tourist hotspot. As such, if these amenities are an important factor, naturally, it's a good idea to show up earlier in the morning prior to when the other people show up or perhaps going to a beach in a more remote area. Otherwise, you could lose the chance to take advantage of all those comforts which Dawn Beach has to offer.

What's Nearby


Positioned on St. Martin's North East coast; it will be near other attractions like Westin Casino, which is only a short distance away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Dawn Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Westin Casino Casino 0.1 mi. SSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Nearby, you'll find the town of Oyster Pond, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Oyster Pond is a fairly short distance away, about a quarter mile (a half kilometer).


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. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

While there aren't many hotels within a several miles, the ones found nearest to the water have been listed in the table below.

Accommodations near Dawn Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa 0.1 mi. SSW Resort
Oyster Bay Beach Resort 0.3 mi. NNE Resort


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to dine at a local restaurant, where you can try foods you've never heard of before, without straying too far from your current location. One of the closest places to eat is Aura.

Some nearby restaurant options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Dawn Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Aura -- -- -- 0.0 mi. WNW
Aura (721) 543-6700 French Fine Dining 0.1 mi. SSW
Ocean (721) 543-6700 Contemporary Informal 0.1 mi. SSW
Ocean Blu (721) 543-6700 Japanese Very Casual 0.1 mi. SSW
Daniel's By the Sea (721) 543-6828 Italian Informal 0.2 mi. N
Beau Beau’s (721) 543-6040 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.3 mi. NNE
Infinity Restaurant (721) 543-6040 International Informal 0.3 mi. NNE
Mr. Busby's Restaurant (721) 543-6088 Bar and grill -- -- --
Guanabay Beach Bar Grille (721) 542-6942 -- -- 1.3 mi. SSW
New Luck Restaurant (721) 542-2184 -- -- -- --
Bacchus (721) 087-1570 Italian Fine Dining -- --
Vermeer Cafe & Restaurant (721) 542-1294 -- -- 2.3 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, of course, and Dawn Beach is just one option.

Another location you may want to try is Guana Bay, located within a couple of miles.

St. Martin has a lot to offer its visitors, but Dawn Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.


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