Guana Bay

Guana Bay, located on the eastern coast of the island, features a secluded beach that is perfect for those looking to avoid large tourist crowds. The rougher Atlantic waters lend themselves to surfing rather than casual swimming and the long stretch of sand is perfect for sunbathing.

Set in Guana Bay, 2.6 miles south-southwest of Caye Chateau, 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 very close. Beachgoers tend to want a compromise between fun and relaxation, and Guana Bay offers that middle ground. It's a spot that is never really too crowded, but it's not totally void of people either.

How to Access The Beach
Guana Bay is accessible car and requires a short drive if coming from one of the island's more populated areas. Drivers should take Suckergarden Road to Guana Bay Road, which will leads to one of two car park areas.

Amenities and Ambiance

Guana Bay, surrounded by private estates and stretches of seagrass, feels like a private beach. This area lacks bars, amenities, and resorts -- a positive for those seeking a private Caribbean experience. Large hills make for an incredible backdrop, while the active waters excite onshore admirers and prospective surfers alike.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Don't forget that Guana Bay's location is a popular spot, so make sure to get a spot!

What's Nearby

Attractions

The beach is wonderful, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer, too. Look for it on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten; it will be near other attractions like Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Guana Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins Historical Site 0.9 mi. NW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Westin Casino Casino 1.1 mi. NNE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Belvedere Plantation Historical Site 1.4 mi. NNW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit Museum 1.4 mi. W the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Salt Pickers Monument 1.4 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Diamond Casino Casino 1.5 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
St. Maarten Museum Museum 1.5 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Nanette Bearden Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery 1.6 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Courthouse Historical Site 1.6 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Wathey Square Park 1.6 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail 1.6 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail 1.8 mi. WSW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Guana Bay is close to Philipsburg, so a trip into the city is a definite option. Nearby, you'll find the city of Philipsburg, which is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Guana Bay, Philipsburg isn't far off, about a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of other guests who are staying close by.

Guests looking to find a place to stay not far from the beach won't find it very tough, as there are lots of accommodations to choose from close-by. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Guana Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Defiance Haven Hotel -- -- Hotel
The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa 1.1 mi. NNE Resort
Ernest Hotel -- -- Hotel
Midtown Motel -- -- Motel
Monte Oro Hotel -- -- Motel
Paula's Country Inn -- -- Hotel
Oyster Bay Beach Resort 1.5 mi. NNE Resort
Holland House Beach Hotel 1.5 mi. WSW Hotel
Horizon View Beach Hotel 1.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Tamarind Hotel 1.7 mi. SW Hotel

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Guana Bay; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Guanabay Beach Bar Grille.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near Guana Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Guanabay Beach Bar Grille (721) 542-6942 -- -- 0.1 mi. S
Bacchus (721) 087-1570 Italian Fine Dining -- --
Aura (721) 543-6700 French Fine Dining 1.1 mi. NNE
Ocean (721) 543-6700 Contemporary Informal 1.1 mi. NNE
Ocean Blu (721) 543-6700 Japanese Very Casual 1.1 mi. NNE
Big Fish (721) 554-3009 Caribbean -- 1.2 mi. NNE
Aura -- -- -- 1.2 mi. NNE
New Luck Restaurant (721) 542-2184 -- -- -- --
Daniel's By The Sea (721) 543-6828 Italian Informal 1.4 mi. NNE
Abc Restaurant (721) 542-2827 -- -- -- --
Anand's Philipsburg (721) 542-5706 Indian Informal -- --
Calypso Pizzaria (721) 542-4552 Italian -- -- --

Other Beaches

Visitors in search of the perfect beach on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten will have lots of options besides Guana Bay.

Travelers may also want to consider Dawn Beach, located within a short distance.

Of course, St. Martin has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but a trip to Guana Bay could end up a family favorite.

 

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