Simpson Bay Attractions

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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

You'll find a large selection of beaches to choose from in and around the area. Click on each beach name to get additional information concerning that section of the coast.

Burgeaux Bay: Located on the southwestern end of the island, Burgeaux Bay feaures a small strip of white sand surrounded by palms and small villas. The area, which lacks major resorts or hotels, is primarily used by locals.

Another alternative to consider is Simpson Bay Beach. The halfmoon-shaped harbor of Simpson Bay beach follows the entire length of Simpson Bay Village, stretching over a mile long. This long stretch of beach boasts immaculate white sands and cool blue waters.

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 are only some of the options that are available. If interested, you can obtain more information here.

Landmark Attractions

Border Obelisk

Border Obelisk is a historical site within reach of Simpson Bay. With no official opening hours, it is recommended that tourists visit only during daylight hours.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Musee Des Coquillages. It is situated in downtown Marigot, 2.3 mi. North-Northeast of central Simpson Bay. One of the largest shell museums in the world, Musee Des Coquillages has over 5000 shells. They feature shells from extinct animals, general sea shells, as well as art made from some of the shells they have found.

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.

That's not all -- you will find other landmark attractions. For more about other interesting landmarks this topic, read this guide to other enjoyable places to visit near Simpson Bay.

Natural Attractions

St. Maarten Zoo

Tourists who like being outside will probably have a good time at 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 that provides a nice way to spend some time outdoors. 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.

These examples are just a sample of the available choices. To see our full guide to natural attractions near Simpson Bay, go to this page.


Feeling lucky? Travelers interested in testing their luck will discover several venues where they can do so in this area.

Paradise Plaza Casino, part of Paradise Mall, is located in southeastern Simpson Bay. Brightly lit and always clean, the lines of gaming machines at Paradise Plaza Casino are inviting and perhaps even mesmerizing.

If you want to try your luck at the slots, you should check out Princess Casino. As one of St. Maarten's largest gaming centers, Princess Casino is always busy, vibrant, and exciting. Most people walk in the door and immediately feel like winners.

Lightning Casino: Just a few minutes away from the airport, Lightning Casino caters to sports fans with big screen televisions broadcasting sporting events from around the world while they game.

Needless to say, there are a nice selection of options too. Make your way to this extended discussion dedicated to gaming in Simpson Bay if you want to learn additional information.


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