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.

Located 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 consider stopping by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Although St. Martin has more secluded beaches than Guana Bay, it has just the right mix of intimacy and atmosphere to attract visitors who need a place to relax.

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, public restrooms aren't available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.

Bear in mind that the immediate vicinity around Guana Bay is highly urbanized, so show up early.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Guana Bay on St. Martin's South coast. It's located near Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins, which is one of the favorite destinations in the area.

If you're interested in mixing a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you may want to consider visiting Yoda Guy Movie Exhibit, one of the closest museums, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, 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 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 near Philipsburg, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Philipsburg, which is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Guana Bay, Philipsburg is not far away, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can typically expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Travelers trying to find a place to stay not far from Guana Bay shouldn't have a difficult time, as there are lots of hotels to pick from nearby. You will find the closest, most convenient booking options by viewing what's shown in the table that follows.

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

One of the best ways to round off a laid-back trek to the beach is to dine at an area restaurant, where you can dive into St. Martin's specialty dishes, without having to stray too far. One of the closest places to eat is Guanabay Beach Bar Grille.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the table 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 looking for a beach that's right for them will have plenty of other choices on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten besides Guana Bay.

Another location you may want to try is Dawn Beach, which is located within a couple of miles.

While St. Martin has many alluring attractions, taking a swim at Guana Bay is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.

 

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