Attractions in Simpson Bay

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Simpson Bay Lagoon is one of the largest inland lagoons in the Caribbean, and the community that surrounds it fully takes advantage of the natural scenery that abounds between this attraction and the bay itself.  Despite its location so near the airport, this area of the island is rarely overcrowded, so tourists who visit can spend their days exploring local attractions with ease. 


Simpson Bay Beach

There are an abundance of beaches to consider in and around the area. Just click on each beach name for a detailed review of that part of the coast.

Burgeaux Bay: Burgeaux Bay features a beautiful view of the island mountain chain and Pelican Key. The beach itself offers soft white sand and incredible waters, which are perfect for swimming.

Another alternative to consider is Simpson Bay Beach. Located close to the Princess Juliana Airport, the Simpson Bay beach features a long stretch of white sand and clear waters. The primary appeal of Simpson Bay Beach lies in its tranquil charm, though its location allows for easy access to local restaurants, bars, casinos, and more.

Kim Sha Beach: Thanks to a small reef protecting the beach, the waters here are generally pretty calm. There are plenty of restaurants and bars near the water, and kiosks where you can rent watersports equipment.

These examples are merely a few of what's available. You can find out more by visiting this page.

Landmark Attractions

Border Obelisk

Border Obelisk is a historical site just outside of Simpson Bay. At the Border Obelisk, visitors can walk around the monuments which marks the official border that splits the two countries, as well as several national flags.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Musee Des Coquillages. It is located in downtown Marigot, 2.3 mi. North-Northeast of central Simpson Bay. The museum is open during the week from 10:00am until 6:00pm, with a two hour break starting at noon. On the weekend, the museum is only open from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

Old Prison: For many years, the Old Prison of Marigot held the prisoners of the island who committed various crimes. The prison's role changed however in 1968, when the building was converted into a fire station and the prisoners transferred to a newer site.

The region includes a more extensive selection of sites to visit. To read more about other sites worth seeing nearby, see this page.

Natural Attractions

St. Maarten Zoo

One of the more popular natural attractions is Seaside Nature Park. Visitors looking to explore the natural side of Sint Maarten will be pleased with the Seaside Nature Park; which takes an already beautiful natural coastline and combines it with miles of trails that twist in and out of the forest. Nature lovers will be able to explore the area and experience some amazing sights.

Emilio Wilson Historic Park is another site you might enjoy. Emilio Wilson Park sits on the grounds of what was once a sugar plantation kept in operation by slave labor. In 1954, Emilio Wilson, the grandson of a former slave, bought the property and opened it to the public as a park in memory of the slaves who made St. Martin what it was.

Simpson Bay has quite a few other choices too. Use this link to check out our article about natural attractions near Simpson Bay.


Ready for some action? Vacationers who'd like to try their luck in some gaming action will have quite a few venues where they can do so in and near the area.

Princess Casino offers dining on-site, so you can grab a bite to eat before, during or after the gaming action. One of the most elegant casinos in St. Maarten, Princess Casino features a neoclassical design complete with frescoes, arches, columns, and domes, and expected clientele to show up dressed just as formally.

If you want to try your luck at the slots, consider heading to Hollywood Casino. With a theme to match its name, the Hollywood Casino is decorated with Oscars, movie stills, and an entire wall devoted to Marilyn Monroe.

Dunes Casino: Along with 200 slot machines on the floor, Dunes Casino also has sports betting.

Luckily, there are additional options too. Go to this page which is all about gaming in and near Simpson Bay if you're seeking additional facts.


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