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.

Positioned in Sint Maarten, Back Bay is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Back Bay is one part of St. Martin's coast which rarely gets too crowded, but it's not completely quiet and secluded either.

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, restrooms will not be available here, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business.

Since Back Bay is of course found within a major tourist area, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


This spot is on St. Martin's South East coast. It is close to Diamond Casino, which is among the favorite local destinations.

If you're intrigued by St. Martin's history, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. One of the closest attractions of this sort is The Courthouse, which is only a brief walk or taxi ride away.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

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

Nearby, you'll find the town of Philipsburg, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Back Bay, Philipsburg is not far away, maybe one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).


Whether this spot is full of bodies or practically empty will be influenced by everything from the time of day to the capacity of nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Visitors will find a pretty nice variety of accommodation options to pick from in the vicinity of the beach. The most accessible of which can be viewed in the following table.

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


If during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far from the sea. One of the nearest places to eat is Oriental Bar & Restaurant.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

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

Of course, you'll find plenty of other beaches on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, so Back Bay is not your only option.

You might also enjoy Great Bay, found just a little ways away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might find that Geneve Bay is just right. You'll find it a half mile to the north.

Travelers may also want to consider Guana Bay, located one and a quarter miles to the north-northeast.

Maybe Back Bay is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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