Beaches in Sint Maarten

Despite all the other attractions on the island, Sint Maarten's beach are still a major draw

Photo credit: © Phil Comeau

If you're staying on the Dutch side of the island, you'll have plenty of beaches to choose from, ranging from mild and family-friendly to a little rougher for watersports enthusiasts. As an added bonus, all of these beaches feature picturesque scenery.

Beach Types

There are 36 beaches throughout St. Maarten and St. Martin, with a variety of each type. The eastern side of the island, known as the windward side, faces the Atlantic Ocean, making the waves bigger and the water rougher. The west coast, or the leeward side, however is met with Caribbean Sea, known for its calmness and warmth. St. Maarten is home to portions of both the leeward and windward coasts, which means guests staying on this half of the island can experience both types of beaches. Families with young children may want to stick to the leeward side, because kids find these waters easier to manage, while those who want to surf or participate in other watersports will find more adventure on the windward side.

Beaches Map

If you're looking for a secluded spot to spend a day, keep in mind that beaches with resorts right on site tend to be the most crowded.

Interesting Alternates

If you visit Oyster Pond, you'll be able to walk, or even swim, back and forth between Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin. On the Dutch side is Dawn Beach, and as the pond scoops north, you'll be on French Oyster Pond Beach. This is a fun way to experience both nations. Dawn Beach is known for its powder soft sands, while Oyster Pond Beach offers a lot of activities for beachgoers to participate in.

If the sheer number of beaches available on the island overwhelms you, take a look at the chart below. But clicking on each beach's name, you'll learn a bit more about it, further helping you determine which beach in St. Martin is best for you.

Clothing Choices

One thing you will need to consider that may not be an issue elsewhere is nudity. Due to its French roots, there are some beaches on the St. Martin side of the island that offer clothing optional facilities, including Orient Bay Beach, Long Bay, and Rouge Bay. This is far less common on the Dutch side, but there are a few nude beaches, including Cupecoy Bay.

Not all beaches are clothing-optional, however, in fact most beaches require that swim suits be worn at all times. Still, it nudity is not something you feel comfortable experiencing during your day on the beach, you may want to confirm that the beach you have chosen does not visitors to completely disrobe.

The Area's Beaches

There are a large number of beaches to choose from in the area. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you should be able to find just the right beach. For detailed information about a specific beach click on the names of the ones you'd like to learn about.

Dawn Beach

Great Bay: 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.

Another location that beach-goers can consider is Mullet Bay. The shores of the white sand Mullet Bay Beach are lined with lush majestic palm trees, which provide natural shade from the sultry island sun for beachgoers. To the south, there is a large hill featuring rocks and seagrass.

Indigo Bay Beach: Indigo Bay Beach is ideally situated between Belair Beach Hotel St. Maarten and the Little Bay Pond, giving the area the feel of the perfect vacation spot. The scenic shores of Little Bay Beach are picturesque, padded with white sand and tropical foliage.

The beaches in Sint Maarten are shown below.

Beaches In Sint Maarten
Name Location Coast
Back Bay 1.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg South East
Burgeaux Bay 1.2 mi. West of Central Simpson Bay South
Cay Bay Central Sint Maarten North
Dawn Beach 2.7 mi. Northeast of Central Philipsburg North East
Geneve Bay 3.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Caye Chateau South East
Gibbs Bay 2.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Caye Chateau North East
Great Bay Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten North
Guana Bay 2.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Caye Chateau South
Indigo Bay Beach Little Bay, Central Sint Maarten North
Kim Sha Beach 2.6 mi. South of Central Marigot South-Southwest
Maho Bay Beach 1.4 mi. West of Central Simpson Bay South
Mullet Bay 1.7 mi. West of Central Simpson Bay South West
Red Pond Bay 1.8 mi. South of Central Caye Chateau North East
Simpson Bay Beach 2.3 mi. South West of Central Marigot South

Bear in mind, there are additional kinds attractions available. For more information on other attractions for Sint Maarten, visit this page.

You can spend your entire vacation exploring the different beaches of St. Maarten, and still have some to spare. Whichever ones you decide to spend time on, you'll encounter beautiful views, soft sands, and plenty of activity.


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