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.
You'll find a large number of beaches to consider visiting in and around the area. Click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that specific beach.
Geneve Bay: Access to the beach is limited to hikers, who should take a vehicle to Trinton Shell Road.
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.
Little Bay Beach: Little 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 chart below lists some details regarding the beaches found in and around the area.
|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|
|Little 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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