Cay Bay

Located on the southern coast of the island, west of Fort Amsterdam, Cay Bay offers a remote beach area that is perfect for nature lovers. The surrounding area is padded with lush green vegetation, with a small dirt path leading to the beach itself. The underwater sights are excellent.

Located in Sint Maarten, 1.9 miles west of Philipsburg, Cay Bay is on the North coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying in the vicinity. The beaches found throughout St. Martin tend to be pretty quiet, but at Cay Bay your experience will be different.

How to Access The Beach

Access to the beach requires both a vehicle capable of four wheel drive and a short walk through a trail. Drivers should follow Cay Bay Road to the area, where they can park freely. It is then a short walk to the beach area itself.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cay Bay remains fairly isolated and remote, as opposed to many of the beach areas to the east. The beach is a site for local dive shops to train divers, as the water is shallow and features beautiful underwaters sealife and ship wreckage. The sand is perfect for walking around the bay's extended, horseshoe-shaped beach.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Cay Bay will be found inside a major tourist area, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on St. Martin's North coast. Tropicana Casino is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of St. Martin, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Fort Willem I, which is one and an eighth miles away.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cay Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Tropicana Casino Casino 0.8 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Paradise Plaza Casino Gambling Site 0.9 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mounette Radot Gallery Art Gallery 0.9 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten Carousel Tourist Attraction 1.0 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Willem I Historical Site 1.1 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Amsterdam Historical Site 1.2 mi. ESE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Groot Bai Lighthouse Lighthouse 1.2 mi. ESE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Golden Casino Casino 1.3 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Lightning Casino Casino 1.4 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cricket Field Sporting Event Venue 1.4 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Pelican Casino Casino 1.4 mi. WNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Princess Casino Casino 1.5 mi. NNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Simpson Bay is the closest city to Cay Bay. It isn't a congested area, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors wanting to scope out the local scene. From Cay Bay, Simpson Bay is just up the road, about two miles (three kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking for a room near the beach will find themselves in luck, as there is no shortage of hotels and resorts to choose from in the area. You will find the closest and most convenient hotel booking options by viewing those listed in the following table.

Accommodations near Cay Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Belair Beach Hotel 0.9 mi. E Resort
Carls Unique Inn 1.0 mi. NNW Hotel
Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club 1.1 mi. E Resort
El Manar 1.2 mi. NW Hotel
Paradise Inn -- -- Motel
La Vista Resort 1.2 mi. WNW Resort
Pelican Resort 1.3 mi. WNW Resort
La Vista Beach Resort 1.3 mi. WNW Resort
The Atrium Beach Resort 1.3 mi. NW Resort
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel 1.3 mi. E Resort


One of the tastiest ways to compliment a balmy beach afternoon is to walk to a local restaurant, where you'll be able to sample the local chefs' favorite dishes, without going too far from the coast. One of the closest places to eat is El Conkin Bar Restaurant.

The following table provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Cay Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
El Conkin Bar Restaurant (721) 544-5678 -- -- 0.4 mi. NW
Baskin Robbins Sint Maarten (721) 543-7981 Eclectic -- -- --
Cafe Divine (721) 542-2333 -- -- -- --
Seafood Galley & Raw Bar (721) 545-3253 -- -- -- --
Tropical Delight (721) 542-6502 -- -- -- --
Lido Bbq -- -- -- 0.7 mi. NW
KFC Cole Bay -- American Very Casual 0.7 mi. NW
Le Charolais (721) 544-5531 -- -- -- --
Ocean City -- -- -- 0.7 mi. NW
Grill House Bar Restaurant (721) 544-2577 -- -- -- --
Peiking -- -- -- 0.8 mi. NW
Pride Of India (721) 544-4917 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Cay Bay on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

Another location you may want to try is Little Bay Beach, located three quarters of a mile to the east. Enjoy exciting watersports, or explore interesting historical sites while visiting Little Bay Beach.

While St. Martin has many alluring attractions, Cay Bay is both a refreshing place to relax, and a beautiful natural attraction.


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