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.

Located toward the southern outskirts of Little Bay, Indigo Bay Beach is on the North edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider dropping by whether or not you are staying nearby. The beaches found throughout St. Martin are usually somewhat secluded and quiet, but Indigo Bay Beach is a little different.

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. If available, you could also order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up shop here.

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. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring your gear if you're hoping to see what lies beneath the surface. Sometimes these sands can be overrun with tourists, so be prepared to encounter the other sunworshippers that flock to Indigo Bay Beach.

However, make sure you be sensitive to the fact that even though there will be options for amenities and services available while at Indigo Bay Beach, it is located inside a hot tourist destination. Taking that into consideration, if you're sure that the amenities are a crucial feature, it'll likely be a good idea to arrive earlier in the morning well before the crowds do or perhaps try a beach elsewhere. If you do not, you could possibly not completely enjoy all those comforts that Indigo Bay Beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


This spot is on St. Martin's North coast. It is close to Fort Amsterdam, which is not very far away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab, and it is one of a few favorite local destinations.

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to St. Maarten Museum. It's located relatively close to Indigo Bay Beach, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

A selection of nearby activities will ensure that you never run low on things to do. The following table contains a list of 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 in the Philipsburg area, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Nearby, you'll find the city of Philipsburg, which is in an area with plenty of worthwhile sites, while still remaining less developed and congested as some other places. From Indigo Bay Beach, Philipsburg is a fairly short distance away, maybe one and an eighth miles (a kilometer and a half).


How many other people you encounter at Indigo Bay Beach will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is in a pretty popular vacation spot, it shouldn't be much of a challenge to find just the right kind of hotel nearby. If you and your party are looking to find a place that's on or near the beach, the table that follows lists the closest accommodation options 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 Hotel & Casino 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 you need to grab a bite to eat around midday, the area near this beach provides some viable options, so there's no need to go too far away. One of the closest restaurants is Boardwalk Cafe. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's only a short distance away.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

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 will have lots of choices besides Indigo Bay Beach.

Vacationers may also want to visit Cay Bay, which is located three quarters of a mile to the west.

Perhaps Indigo Bay Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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