Beaches in Philipsburg

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The beaches of Philipsburg are often busy with cruise ship passengers trying to squeeze in as much time in the sand as possible.  Great Bay Beach is a favorite thanks to its status as the longest and widest beach on the island in addition to the boardwalk.  For less of a crowd and a great opportunity for watersports, try nearby Little Bay Beach. 

Beach Choices In The Area

You will discover an abundance of beaches to consider in and around the area. For a detailed article concerning any one of these beaches simply click on the names of the ones you would like to know more about.

Great Bay

Geneve Bay: Comprised of black sand and surrounding by seagrapes and hills, the beach at Geneve Bay is not targeted toward typical beachgoers. Rather, the rugged atmosphere is suited for hikers and adventurers.

A second place worth considering is Guana Bay. Guana Bay, located on the eastern coast of the island, features a secluded beach that is perfect for those looking to avoid large tourist crowds. The rougher Atlantic waters lend themselves to surfing rather than casual swimming and the long stretch of sand is perfect for sunbathing.

Indigo Bay Beach: Indigo Bay Beach, located on the southern end of the island, features soft white sand and calm waters, making it an popular destination for tourists. Considered to be one of the best beaches for kayaking on St. Maarten, the beach is also ideal for snorklers and divers, who will also find several great spots for underwater exploration around the numerous coral reefs located just off shore.

The beaches in and around Philipsburg are summarized right below.

Beaches In and Around Philipsburg
Name Location Coast
Back Bay 1.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg South East
Cay Bay 1.9 mi. West of Central Philipsburg North
Dawn Beach Oyster Pond, 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg North East
Geneve Bay 1.3 mi. East of Central Philipsburg South East
Gibbs Bay 2.0 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg North East
Great Bay 0.3 mi. West of Central Philipsburg North
Guana Bay Guana Bay, 1.7 mi. East-Northeast of Central Philipsburg South
Indigo Bay Beach Little Bay, 1.1 mi. West of Central Philipsburg North
Red Pond Bay 2.4 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg North East

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