Indigo Bay Beach

Indigo Bay Beach, located on the southern end of the island, features soft white sand and calm waters, making it an popular destination for tourists. Considered to be one of the best beaches for kayaking on St. Maarten, the beach is also ideal for snorklers and divers, who will also find several great spots for underwater exploration around the numerous coral reefs located just off shore. If you tire of the water and sands, you can climb up to the site of Fort Amsterdam itself.

Positioned on the southern part of Little Bay, Indigo Bay Beach is on the North coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Many of St. Martin's beaches are quite secluded, offering beautiful backdrops and few disturbances. Though some travelers can't wait to enjoy these secret spots, others crave the action and variety present at beaches like Indigo Bay Beach.

How to Access The Beach
Thanks to the beach's prime location, access is easy for drivers and tourists staying at the local resorts and hotels. Drivers can take Octavius L. Richardson Road to a local turnoff, where there is a large car park that leads directly to the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Indigo Bay Beach is ideally situated between Belair Beach Hotel St. Maarten and the Little Bay Pond, giving the area the feel of the perfect vacation spot. The scenic shores of Little Bay Beach are picturesque, padded with white sand and tropical foliage. Beautiful architecture dots the island, while the clear turquoise water is incredibly inviting.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. On some days, it may be possible to order some food from one of the local vendors who set up shop at the beach.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, lounging chairs are offered at this beach for guests seeking a place to relax by the water. Fortunately, the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. Sometimes these sands can be overrun with tourists, so be prepared to encounter the other sunworshippers that flock to Indigo Bay Beach.

Indigo Bay Beach with its choice of comforts happens to be found within a relatively urbanized region. With that in mind, if you think the amenities are a deciding factor, it'll likely be a good motivator to make it there earlier in the morning before most of the other people show up or perhaps try a beach elsewhere. Or it's possible you may miss the chance to completely enjoy all the services which this beach has to offer.

What's Nearby


Positioned on St. Martin's North coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Fort Amsterdam, which is a half mile away.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to St. Maarten Museum, a lovely museum found just a short distance away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Beaches are a great attraction to visit, but there will be more options available in St. Martin. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Indigo Bay Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Fort Amsterdam Historical Site 0.5 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Groot Bai Lighthouse Lighthouse 0.5 mi. SE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Willem I Historical Site 0.5 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Golden Casino Casino 0.6 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Lb Scott Sports Auditorium Sporting Event Venue 0.9 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk West Scenic Trail 1.0 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cricket Field Sporting Event Venue 1.1 mi. N the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Great Bay Boardwalk Scenic Trail 1.2 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Wathey Square Park 1.2 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Courthouse Historical Site 1.2 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Nanette Bearden Fine Arts Gallery Art Gallery 1.3 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Salt Pickers Monument 1.4 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Philipsburg is nearby and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From Indigo Bay Beach, Philipsburg is not far away, roughly one and an eighth miles (a kilometer and a half).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many people have booked nearby hotels. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since this beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation spot, it is not typically all that tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. For those wanting to book a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table shows the accommodations closest to Indigo Bay Beach.

Accommodations near Indigo Bay Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Belair Beach Hotel 0.1 mi. E Resort
Divi Little Bay Beach & Racquet Club 0.3 mi. ESE Resort
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Hotel 0.6 mi. ENE Resort
Paradise Inn -- -- Motel
Sea Palace Resort 1.0 mi. ENE Hotel
Seaview Beach Hotel 1.1 mi. E Hotel
Horizon View Beach Hotel 1.3 mi. E Hotel
Holland House Beach Hotel 1.3 mi. E Hotel
Ernest Hotel -- -- Hotel
Midtown Motel -- -- Motel


If during your visit you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so you won't have to wander too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Boardwalk Cafe. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's just a short distance away.

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

Restaurants near Indigo Bay Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Boardwalk Cafe (721) 542-3366 -- -- 0.1 mi. E
Gingerbread Cafe (721) 542-3362 Caribbean, International Very Casual 0.1 mi. E
Seabreeze Restaurant (721) 542-2333 Eclectic Very Casual 0.3 mi. ESE
Toucan's Café (721) 542-2333 Eclectic Informal 0.3 mi. ESE
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 -- -- -- --
Bay View Restaurant (721) 542-2446 Eclectic Very Casual 0.6 mi. ENE
Molasses Restaurant (721) 542-2446 International Informal 0.6 mi. ENE
The Waterfront Café & Pizzeria (721) 542-2446 Italian, Mediterranean Informal 0.6 mi. ENE
Antoine Restaurant (721) 542-2964 French, Italian Fine Dining 0.8 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have plenty of other choices on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten besides Indigo Bay Beach.

Travelers may also want to consider Cay Bay, which is located within a short distance.

While St. Martin has many alluring attractions, a trip to Indigo Bay Beach could end up a family favorite.


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