Great Bay, located on the southern end of the island and in the heart of the capital, features a two mile long beach filled with lush white sand and beautiful palms. An extended boardwalk adds a party atmosphere to the beach.
Located near the heart of Philipsburg, Great Bay is on the North coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. If you can't wait to escape the stresses of city life, you'll appreciate that many of St. Martin's beaches are quiet and undisturbed. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are better suited for one of the few lively beaches, like Great Bay.
Great Bay is easily accessible from Little Bay Road. Taxis and buses also travel throughout the area.
It is impossible to walk down the Great Bay beach without noticing the lengthy boardwalk, which has recently become center for shopping and fun. The long strip of beach itself is well maintained, with soft white sand and shallow, clear water. As the beach sits in the center of the capital city, the surrounding area gives the feel of a vacation hotspot rather than a secluded nature getaway.
You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. There are several types of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in St. Martin, but trying local cusine right on the beach can be especially enjoyable. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of St. Martin's famous street food along the way.
If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Great Bay is the ultimate convenience.
You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Great Bay because there are public restrooms. You'll also find chairs and umbrellas, so visitors seeking a break from the hot sun will not be disappointed.
Remember to take into account that Great Bay's location is visited by quite a number of tourists, meaning the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.
The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on St. Martin's North coast; the area hosts attractions such as, which is pretty close, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.
To some, beaches and museums may see like an unlikely combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit (one of the closest to Great Bay) offer a fun learning experience and help share a different side of St. Martin.
If a visit to the Great Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.
|Scenic Trail||0.1 mi.||E||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Golden Casino||Casino||0.2 mi.||W||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Sporting Event Venue||0.3 mi.||NNW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|The Courthouse||Historical Site||0.4 mi.||E||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Wathey Square||Park||0.5 mi.||E||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Fort Willem I||Historical Site||0.5 mi.||W||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Art Gallery||0.5 mi.||E||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Monument||0.5 mi.||E||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit||Museum||0.6 mi.||NE||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|St. Maarten Heritage Museum||Museum||0.7 mi.||ESE||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|St. Maarten Museum||Museum||0.7 mi.||ESE||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Diamond Casino||Casino||0.7 mi.||ESE||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Not far away you'll find Philipsburg, a town which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the coast, Philipsburg is a quick trip away, maybe a quarter mile (a half kilometer).
The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.
Visitors will find a good variety of booking options to pick from near the beach. The most convenient of which are shown in the table below.
|Sea Palace Resort||0.2 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel||0.2 mi.||W||Resort|
|Seaview Hotel & Casino||0.3 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Horizon View Beach Hotel||0.5 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Holland House Beach Hotel||0.5 mi.||E||Hotel|
|Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club||0.7 mi.||SW||Resort|
If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has you covered, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the nearest places to eat is Antoine Restaurant. The restaurant offers both French and Italian dishes on the menu. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood.
The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.
|Antoine Restaurant||(721) 542-2964||French, Italian||Fine Dining||0.0 mi.||ENE|
|Bay View Restaurant||(721) 542-2446||Eclectic||Very Casual||0.2 mi.||W|
|Molasses Restaurant||(721) 542-2446||International||Informal||0.2 mi.||W|
|The Waterfront Café & Pizzeria||(721) 542-2446||Italian, Mediterranean||Informal||0.2 mi.||W|
|L'Escargot||(721) 542-2483||French||Informal||0.3 mi.||E|
|Bigwood Grill||(721) 580-1191||American, Caribbean||Very Casual||0.4 mi.||E|
|Burger King Philipsburg||(721) 543-2515||American||Very Casual||0.4 mi.||E|
|Caribbean Blend||(721) 520-9669||Caribbean||Very Casual||0.4 mi.||E|
|(721) 580-2629||International||Very Casual||0.4 mi.||E|
|Front Street Cafe||(721) 542-0342||Mediterranean||Very Casual||0.4 mi.||E|
There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, so Great Bay is just one of your options.
You may also want to try Back Bay, which is generally a pretty popular beach. You'll find it a mile and a half to the east-southeast. If you were hoping to find a tranquil beach scene with few crowds, Simpson Bay Beach may be a good choice. It is located a brief car or taxi trip away.
You may also enjoy Little Bay Beach, which is located within a couple of miles. Enjoy exciting watersports, or explore interesting historical sites while visiting Little Bay Beach.
There's plenty to see and do in St. Martin, and Great Bay offers just one way to spend time outdoors.
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