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 might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Though there are a lot of choices to be made on vacation, choosing a beach that suits your family could be one of the most important. St. Martin is full of fun options, 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 at this spot is also an option. You might also have the option to buy some food from one of the local vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Those who love lounging in the sun will be excited to discover that there are lounge chairs available at this destination. Fortunately, the water here is fit for snorkeling, so grab some equipment if you want to do 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.

Remember to take into account that the immediate vicinity around Indigo Bay Beach is a bustling area, so you may find many people vying for the use of the same amenities.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on St. Martin's North coast; the area hosts attractions such as Fort Amsterdam, which is not very far away, so tourists could take a cab or probably walk to this attraction.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you should plan a trip to St. Maarten Museum. This museum is located only a brief walk or taxi ride away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table includes the closest attractions.

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

Indigo Bay Beach is near Philipsburg, so touring the city could be a fun side-trip after visiting the beach. The closest town is Philipsburg, which is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Philipsburg is not far away, about one and an eighth miles (a kilometer and a half).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. You can generally expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Guests trying to find a place to stay close to the beach won't have a difficult time, as there is no shortage of resorts and hotels to choose from close-by. You'll find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those listed in the following table.

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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you walk to an area restaurant, where you'll be able to get a taste of the local fare, within a reachable distance. Boardwalk Cafe is one of the closest eateries. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk since it's only a short distance away.

The table below lists restaurants closest to this beach.

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

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

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Cay Bay, which is located within a short distance.

You may find that Indigo Bay Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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