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 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.

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.

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.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on St. Martin's South coast. It is close to Sucker Garden Salt Factory Ruins, 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.

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 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
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

Cities and Towns

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.

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


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 Guanabay Beach Bar Grille.

A list of nearby restaurants is listed in the following table.

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

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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