What's Located Around Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel

Often, picking accommodations close to the beach will ensure that you can take full advantage of the beautiful sand and water here. If all you can think about is the beach, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel is the perfect locale for you. This site is set along the shore, so visitors can spend all of their time soaking up the sun if they so desire. Not far from the main attractions of St. Martin, but also not in the thick of the crowds this property offers a good location to take advantage of both the calming setting, and the enjoyable activities. The beach backing up to this destination is comparatively uncrowded.

Nearby Beaches

Great Bay

Needless to say, since Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel is positioned directly on Great Bay, hanging out at the beach is a popular pastime here. 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. For those who are eager for some variety, the following options each offer something a little different. Click on the following names to read our detailed article:

Beaches Near Great Bay Hotel
Beach Distance Direction Location
Little Bay Beach 0.6 WSW Little Bay
Cay Bay 1.3 W 2.0 mi. Southeast of Simpson Bay
Back Bay 1.8 E 1.3 mi. East-Southeast of Philipsburg
Geneve Bay 1.8 E 1.3 mi. East of Philipsburg
Guana Bay 2.2 ENE Guana Bay
Kim Sha Beach 2.5 W Simpson Bay
Gibbs Bay 2.5 ENE 1.0 mi. South of Oyster Pond
Red Pond Bay 2.9 ENE 0.7 mi. South of Oyster Pond
Dawn Beach 3.1 NE Oyster Pond
Simpson Bay Beach 3.3 WNW Simpson Bay
Burgeaux Bay 4.1 W Beacon Hill
Maho Bay Beach 4.4 W Maho Reef
Mullet Bay 4.7 WNW 1.7 mi. West of Simpson Bay

One of the closest picks is 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.

If you're interested in a beach where sunbathers can find plenty of privacy, Back Bay may be just what you're looking for. 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. You can find it located a mile and a half east of the resort.

Nearby Areas

Travelers who aren't ready to book their rooms before learning about what's located nearby might want to know how many miles the adjacent city or town is from the property. Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel can be found in the western outskirts of Philipsburg, in the vicinity of Marigot.

The following table contains a listing of areas near Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel:

Cities, Towns, and Neighborhoods Nearby
Area Name Distance Direction
Little Bay 0.7 W
Welgelegen 0.9 NW
Saunders 1.3 NNW
Point Blanche 1.4 SE
Betty's 1.6 N
Newll 1.7 W
Middle Region 1.8 NE
Sint Maarten 1.8 N
Zorg En Rust 1.9 N
Cole Bay 1.9 WNW

Nearby Attractions

Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit

Travelers who want to learn about local culture and have some fun outdoors while visiting the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten will find that Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel is in a fun location with plenty of nearby sights. You will soon notice that this section of Philipsburg has a lot of spots for vacationers to explore, such as Philipsburg Theatres, Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, and The Salt Pickers. Of the three nearby attractions, the closest is Philipsburg Theatres.

These provide just a sample of all your options; for more attractions in this area, see those named in the following table.

Attractions Near Great Bay Hotel
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Philipsburg Theatres Movie Theater -- -- Philipsburg
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Museum -- -- Philipsburg
The Salt Pickers Monument 0.8 E Philipsburg
The Courthouse Historical Site 0.7 E Philipsburg
Wathey Square Park 0.7 E Philipsburg
St. Maarten Museum Museum 0.9 E Philipsburg
St. Maarten Heritage Museum Museum 0.9 E Philipsburg
St. Maarten Zoo Zoo 1.1 NNE Philipsburg
Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins Historical Site -- -- 1.4 mi. Northeast of Philipsburg
Fort Willem I Historical Site 0.3 WNW Little Bay
Fort Amsterdam Historical Site 0.7 S 1.0 mi. South West of Philipsburg
Groot Bai Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.7 S 1.0 mi. South West of Philipsburg
Mary's Fancy Plantation Plantation 1.3 NNW Saunders
Emilio Wilson Historic Park Park 1.4 NNW Saunders
Sint Maarten Marine Park Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 SE 1.5 mi. Southeast of Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Marine Park Eastern End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 SE 1.5 mi. Southeast of Philipsburg
Sint Maarten Marine Park Western End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 1.8 SE 1.5 mi. Southeast of Philipsburg
Belvedere Plantation Historical Site 2.5 NE 0.9 mi. West of Oyster Pond
Seaside Nature Park Park -- -- 2.0 mi. Southeast of Simpson Bay
Caribbean Cinemas Movie Theater -- -- Cole Bay
Megaplex 7 Movie Theater 2.0 W 1.1 mi. Southeast of Simpson Bay
Sunset Theatre Movie Theater -- -- Simpson Bay

If you're looking for a chance to see something a little different, Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit might be a good choice. An unexpected find on the island, this Star Wars replica and memorabilia museum not only exists, but it is one of the top three most popular museums in the whole of the Caribbean. Created by international artist Nick Maley, you can stop in and tour all of the important movie history that has touched him and his wife over the years.

Nearby Accommodations

When you're choosing a location to stay in, it can often be a good idea to learn more about nearby lodging possibilities in order to get a feel for the region. Readers will be able to find lots of other places to look at prior to reaching a decision, as this portion of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has an impressive range of resort and hotel options. In order to find details about the hotel booking possibilities available in the vicinity, consult the following table.

Accommodations near Great Bay Hotel
Accommodation Distance Direction Location
Sea Palace Resort 0.4 E Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club 0.5 SSW 0.9 mi. West-Southwest of Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Seaview Hotel & Casino 0.6 E Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Horizon View Beach Hotel 0.7 E Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Holland House Beach Hotel 0.8 E Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Ernest Hotel -- -- Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Midtown Motel -- -- Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Monte Oro Hotel -- -- Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Paula's Country Inn -- -- Philipsburg, the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
 

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