Back Bay

Back Bay is situated on the east coast of the island and features dramatic hills and exciting waves splashing against the coast. Visitors head to area to admire the geological formations and natural feel rather than swimming in the sea, which can be quite dangerous. Swimmers can choose instead to head toward the natural pools.

Located near the middle of Sint Maarten, Back Bay is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Peace and quiet is what you'll find at the majority of St. Martin's beaches, but Back Bay offers those same relaxation qualities without having to be too far removed from the city's activity.

How to Access The Beach
Access to the area is limited to dirt paths, so it is advised that only the physically able attempt the trip.

Amenities and Ambiance

The area features a view of the beautiful, conserved Marine Park and St. Barths. Hills surround the area, sparsely adorned with seagrapes and other local vegetation. While the exciting waters are great to watch, as they pelt the shoreline, it is unadvised for guests to do any serious swimming. Rather, nearby geological pools are a unique way to enjoy the landscape.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun.

Don't forget that the area right around Back Bay is an urban area, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby


This spot is on St. Martin's South East coast. It is near some interesting sites like Diamond Casino, which is one of a few local attractions.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but some visitors find that museums like St. Maarten Museum (positioned less than a mile to the west-northwest) offer an entertaining diversion and help share a different side of St. Martin.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Back Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Diamond Casino Casino 0.8 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
St. Maarten Museum Museum 0.9 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Nanette Bearden Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery 1.1 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Salt Pickers Monument 1.1 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Wathey Square Park 1.1 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Courthouse Historical Site 1.1 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail 1.1 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Museum 1.4 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail 1.4 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins Historical Site 1.8 mi. N the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Lb Scott Sports Auditorium Sporting Event Venue 1.8 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Golden Casino Casino 1.8 mi. W the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Philipsburg is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Back Bay, Philipsburg is just up the road, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

You'll find a decent amount of hotel rooms a car ride away. A few of the more convenient options are seen in the list below.

Accommodations near Back Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Holland House Beach Hotel 1.0 mi. WNW Hotel
Horizon View Beach Hotel 1.1 mi. WNW Hotel
Seaview Beach Hotel 1.2 mi. WNW Hotel
Ernest Hotel -- -- Hotel
Midtown Motel -- -- Motel
Monte Oro Hotel -- -- Motel
Paula's Country Inn -- -- Hotel
Sea Palace Resort 1.4 mi. WNW Hotel
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel 1.8 mi. W Resort
Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club 1.9 mi. W Resort


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to try a local restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest restaurants is Oriental Bar & Restaurant.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Back Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Oriental Bar & Restaurant (721) 542-5024 -- -- -- --
Greenhouse Philipsburg (721) 542-2941 American, International Very Casual 0.8 mi. W
Cafe Dot Com (721) 542-0352 -- -- -- --
Le Blue Peter (721) 543-0461 -- -- 0.9 mi. W
Kwang Ton Restaurant (721) 542-0884 -- -- -- --
Bacchus (721) 087-1570 Italian Fine Dining -- --
Chesterfields Restaurant (721) 542-3484 Caribbean Very Casual 0.9 mi. W
Ben & Marcos -- -- -- 0.9 mi. WNW
Pasanggrahan Restaurant (721) 542-3588 Eclectic Informal 0.9 mi. WNW
Oualichi Beach Bar (721) 542-4316 Caribbean, Creole, French Very Casual 1.0 mi. WNW
Taloula Mango's (721) 555-7000 Caribbean Very Casual 1.0 mi. WNW
Shieka's Vegetarian & Caribbean Cuisine (721) 542-0068 Caribbean Informal 1.0 mi. WNW

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Back Bay.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Great Bay, located within a mile or so. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Geneve Bay. It's located a half mile to the north.

You may also want to consider Guana Bay, which is located within a short distance.

There's plenty to see and do in St. Martin, and Back Bay is just one of the many options.


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