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.

Situated in the southern outskirts of Oyster Pond, Dawn Beach is on the North East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. If hustle and bustle isn't your style, you'll appreciate that the majority of beaches in St. Martin are known for their privacy and seclusion. Of course, some vacationers come to St. Martin looking for activity, and are much more likely to visit Dawn Beach, which has a wider range of amenities nearby.

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.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Dawn Beach. Every destination has its own culinary style, and St. Martin is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to experience the local specialties is right next to the coast. Ask your hotel about picnic lunches, as some hotels offer to pack snacks for their guests' day trips. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Luckily, umbrellas and chairs will be available for use to guests looking for a shaded area to relax. Happily, the off-shore waters are of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

You should remember that the region in which Dawn Beach is located is a bustling area, meaning the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Dawn Beach on St. Martin's North East coast. It is near some interesting sites like Westin Casino, which is within a distance that tourists could probably walk or take a cab to, and it is one attraction in the area.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows the closest options.

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

The nearby town of Oyster Pond is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the beach, Oyster Pond isn't far off, about a quarter mile (a half kilometer).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

While you will find relatively few hotels in the surrounding areas, those accommodation options closest to Dawn Beach are shown 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


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to eat at an area restaurant, where you can sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, within just a few miles of this shoreline. Aura is one of the closest eateries.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

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

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten will have lots of options besides Dawn Beach.

You may also enjoy Guana Bay, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in St. Martin, but Dawn Beach is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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