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.

Set in the southern outskirts of Oyster Pond, Dawn Beach is on the North East edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. The beaches found throughout St. Martin are usually fairly quiet, but Dawn Beach is the exception.

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, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Dawn Beach, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. St. Martin offers plenty of great places to eat, but did you know that some of St. Martin's best dishes aren't served in restaurants at all? Some vacationers simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas will be offered here for visitors looking for a relaxing spot in the shade. Fortunately, the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so bring along some equipment if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface.

Dawn Beach as well as its amenities are of course found within an area that sees many visitors. Taking that into consideration, if you know that these amenities influence your decision, it will be a smart cause to arrive early in the day well before the crowds or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach elsewhere. If you do not, it's possible you may be unable to use all the services which the beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the North East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten; the area hosts attractions such as Westin Casino, which is a couple hundred yards away.

If a visit to the Dawn Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

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 town of Oyster Pond is close-by and is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From the shore, Oyster Pond is a fairly short distance away, maybe a quarter mile (a half kilometer).

Hotels

Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels that are within a short car ride, the nearest ones are shown 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

Food

When you're starving for a midday meal, the area around this beach has plenty to offer, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest places to eat is Aura.

The following table 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

Of course, Dawn Beach is just one of many beaches you might like on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

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

Dawn Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in St. Martin you might like.

 

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