Simpson Bay Beach

Photo credit: © Sumaya

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.

Positioned near the center of Simpson Bay, this beach is on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Simpson Bay Beach is the kind of destination where nearby hotel guests go to be among the crowds, and there is plenty of beach action to keep them busy - it's certainly one of the most popular beaches, but this could be right up your alley.

How to Access The Beach
Simpson Bay Beach is easily accessible via car and taxi, particularly due to its close proximity to the airport. Drivers should take Airport Road to Sr. Patientia Road, which leads directly into an on-beach car park.

Amenities and Ambiance

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. In the horizon, guests can make out the silhouette of local cays and islands.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. These powdery sands are ideal for a romatic stroll on the beach, swimming, or just sitting back and soaking up some sun. Snuggled between a quaint fishing village and the sea, Simpson Bay Beach is pretty secluded. There are no resorts or hotels on this crescent-shaped coast, and there is a good chance you won't see a soul while visiting these shores.

Since Simpson Bay Beach happens to be found within a popular area that can get crowded, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Simpson Bay Beach on St. Martin's South coast. It's located near Lightning Casino, which is one of the attractions in the vicinity.

If you can't wait to see as many of St. Martin's attractions as possible, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Simpson Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Lightning Casino Casino 0.8 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Pelican Casino Casino 0.8 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Princess Casino Casino 1.1 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction 1.2 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mounette Radot Gallery Art Gallery 1.3 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Paradise Plaza Casino Gambling Site 1.3 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Cities near this beach include Simpson Bay, which is not heavily urbanized, though it will be a nice day out for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the beach, Simpson Bay isn't far off, maybe a quarter mile (a half kilometer).


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

You'll find a pretty nice selection of booking options to choose from in the area that surrounds the beach. The closest of which are shown in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Simpson Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Paradise Found 0.1 mi. E Hotel
Marys Boon Beach Plantation 0.1 mi. W Resort
Airport Inn Hotel -- -- Hotel
Chatelaine Hotel -- -- Hotel
Travel Inn Hotel 0.3 mi. E Hotel
Paradise 0.4 mi. E Hotel
Royal Turtle Inn 0.4 mi. WNW Hotel
Turquoise Shell Inn 0.5 mi. ESE Lodge
Royal Palm Beach Resort 0.7 mi. SE Resort
Simpson Bay Resort and Marina 0.8 mi. SE Resort


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you eat at an area restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into St. Martin's specialty dishes, within a reachable distance. Tide's Beach Restaurant and Bar is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant serves both Caribbean and European cuisines. Visitors often rave about their sandwiches and seafood. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's not far off the beach at all.

The following table lists nearby restaurant options.

Restaurants near Simpson Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Tide's Beach Restaurant and Bar (721) 545-4235 Caribbean, European Very Casual 0.1 mi. W
Tides Restaurant and Bar (721) 545-7000 Caribbean Informal 0.1 mi. W
Karakter (721) 523-9983 International Very Casual 0.2 mi. W
Balaou Restaurant (721) 545-2209 -- -- -- --
Coconuts Seafood Bar (721) 545-3331 -- -- -- --
Don Carlos Restaurant (721) 545-3112 -- -- -- --
Golden Apple Restaurant (721) 545-2572 -- -- -- --
Golden Star Restaurant (721) 545-3314 -- -- -- --
Hanabi Restaurant (721) 545-3686 -- -- -- --
Harbour Queen -- Caribbean Very Casual -- --
Hot Tomatoes (721) 545-2223 -- -- -- --
Joe's Pub & Grill (721) 557-9954 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Simpson Bay Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

Another location you might enjoy is Mullet Bay, where there's usually lots of activity. It is located a mile and a half to the west. The breathtaking shores of Mullet Bay Beach are popular with both vacationers and locals alike. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Burgeaux Bay is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots. It is located not far off the beach at all.

You may also want to consider Cay Bay, located two miles away.

You may find that Simpson Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


Help us improve! We welcome your corrections and suggestions.