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 edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider stopping by even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Those of you who might prefer a beach that's a little less crowded, but still fun and active, may really like a visit to Guana Bay. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it's not dead and empty either.
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.
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.
Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.
Since Guana Bay is of course located within a popular area that can get crowded, many try to show up early.
You'll find this beach on St. Martin's South coast. It is close to, which is one of a number of local attractions.
If you want to mix culture with your visit to the beach, you might 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.
With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of ways to stay busy. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.
|Historical Site||0.9 mi.||NW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Casino||1.1 mi.||NNE||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|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|
|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 Heritage Museum||Museum||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|
|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|
|Scenic Trail||1.6 mi.||WSW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Guana Bay is in the Philipsburg area, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Philipsburg is nearby and is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From Guana Bay, Philipsburg is just up the road, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).
The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how packed the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.
Since the beach is in a pretty popular tourist area, it shouldn't be that difficult to find a hotel close-by that suits you tastes. If you and your group are looking to find a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows lists the options closest to Guana Bay.
|The Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa||1.1 mi.||NNE||Resort|
|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|
When you're starving for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is.
A list of nearby restaurants is listed in the following table.
|(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|
|(721) 554-3009||Caribbean||--||1.2 mi.||NNE|
|Daniel's By the Sea||(721) 543-6828||Italian||Informal||1.4 mi.||NNE|
|Anand's Philipsburg||(721) 542-5706||Indian||Informal||--||--|
The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has many beaches, and Guana Bay is just one option.
Vacationers may also want to visit Dawn Beach, located one and a quarter miles away.
St. Martin has plenty to offer its visitors, and dropping by Guana Bay is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.
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