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 heart of Sint Maarten, Back Bay is on the South East edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you are staying very close. St. Martin's beaches are pretty busy for the most part, however, Back Bay is tamer than most, which makes it an excellent attraction for those of you who don't want to wander too far away, but would rather avoid the most hectic parts of town.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Bear in mind that the area surrounding Back Bay is a popular spot, so factor that into your plans.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. Diamond Casino is among the area's attractions.

Historical attractions such as The Courthouse offer a nice compliment to a soothing day at Back Bay, and provide beachgoers with the opportunity to learn about St. Martin's past, without having to stray too far from the beach. As a matter of fact, this site can be found one and an eighth miles from this site of historical interest.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in St. Martin. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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 Heritage Museum Museum 0.9 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

Cities and Towns

Back Bay is near Philipsburg, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Philipsburg, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Philipsburg is not far away, about one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).

Hotels

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 see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a fairly wide selection of rooming options to choose from close to Back Bay. The most convenient of which can be seen in the table 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 Hotel & Casino 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

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Oriental Bar & Restaurant.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included in the following table.

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
Shiv Sagar (721) 542-2299 Indian Very Casual 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

Other Beaches

Travelers who are looking for the ideal beach will have plenty of other choices on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten besides Back Bay.

You might also enjoy Great Bay, located just a little ways away. Others might prefer Geneve Bay, which could provide more action, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. You'll find it a half mile to the north.

You may also enjoy Guana Bay, located one and a quarter miles to the north-northeast.

St. Martin has plenty to offer its visitors, and dropping by Back Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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