This is a very popular bay for boaters, with multiple docks and marinas on its shore. Its great for a view of the bay dotted with boats and you might enjoy wading in the waters near the marina, but it's not much of a beach destination.
Located in French Cul-de-Sac, this beach is on the South East edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Baie de cul-de-sac is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Most other beaches in St. Martin may provide just as many amenities as Baie de cul-de-sac, but are usually more cramped because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.
Baie de cul-de-sac is right off of Rue de Cul de Sac on St. Martin's northeastern side. It's not difficult to access and you should be able to mark at one of the marina's if you're looking to explore this coast.
The coastline of the bay is very thin and has very little sand or areas for relaxing on the shore. It's mostly the access for boaters that brings visitors to this bay.
Please note that public restrooms are not available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business.
Since Baie de cul-de-sac is found inside a popular area that can get crowded, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.
You'll find this beach on St. Martin's South East coast; it will be near other attractions like Hope Estate Archeological Site, which is one of the closest attractions.
If you want to combine culture with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to The Old House, a lovely museum found fairly close-by, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.
The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.
|Hope Estate Archeological Site||Historical Site||1.4 mi.||WSW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Mount Vernon Plantation||Historical Site||1.7 mi.||S||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|The Butterfly Farm||Botanical Garden||1.7 mi.||S||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|The Old House||Museum||1.7 mi.||S||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Museum||1.9 mi.||W||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Art Gallery||3.2 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Durat Bridge||Historical Site||4.3 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Musée de Saint-Martin||Museum||4.5 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Fort Louis||Historical Site||4.6 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Musee Des Coquillages||Museum||4.6 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Old Prison||Historical Site||4.6 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
|Spring Sugar Mill||Historical Site||4.6 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Baie de cul-de-sac is near Orient Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Orient Bay is the closest town to Baie de cul-de-sac. It is a fairly rural area, but it will be a nice day out for those who want to see more of the area. From Baie de cul-de-sac, Orient Bay is not far away, roughly one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).
The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how packed the nearby hotels are. Typically, you can expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.
Since this beach is in a pretty popular vacation spot, it is not usually very tough to find a hotel nearby that's to your taste. For those looking to book a place that's near the ocean, the table below shows the accommodation options closest to Baie de cul-de-sac.
|Casa a Ti Case||--||--||Cottages|
|Hotel La Plantation||0.5 mi.||S||Hotel|
|Sol e Luna||0.6 mi.||SSW||Guest house|
|Hotel Palm Court||--||--||Hotel|
|Le Meridien St Martin||0.9 mi.||WNW||Motel|
|Radisson Saint Martin Resort||1.0 mi.||NW||Resort|
A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to go far. Ti Bouchon is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves delicious French cuisine. They are also known for their seafood.
Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the following table.
|Ti Bouchon||(069) 064-8464||French||Informal||0.4 mi.||SW|
|(059) 087-4332||Creole||--||0.4 mi.||SW|
|590 690 71 96 53||European, International||Very Casual||--||--|
|Sol E Luna||(059) 029-0856||French||Fine Dining||0.6 mi.||SSW|
|Karibuni||(069) 064-3858||International||Informal||0.6 mi.||E|
|(059) 087-7070||--||--||0.6 mi.||S|
|(059) 087-6203||--||--||0.6 mi.||SSW|
|Yellow Beach||(059) 077-1500||Caribbean||Very Casual||0.6 mi.||E|
|Le Taitu||(059) 087-4323||Caribbean, Creole||Very Casual||0.7 mi.||SSW|
|(059) 087-6799||--||--||0.9 mi.||WNW|
|Le Calypso||(059) 029-4160||Fusion, International||Informal||0.9 mi.||NW|
|Palm Beach Restaurant||(069) 035-9906||American, Asian, French||Very Casual||0.9 mi.||S|
Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Baie de cul-de-sac on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Orient Beach, situated within a mile or so. As one of the most popular beaches on St. Martin, Orient Beach is one toursit hot spot, with plenty of great things to do. The festive charm of these amazing sandy shores creates the perfect atmosphere for your beach vacation. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Ilet Pinel may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it a half mile to the east.
You might also want to visit Baie Lucas Beach, which is located fairly close-by, meaning a short ride in a taxi should put you in the right spot to check out this other choice.
Perhaps Baie de cul-de-sac is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.
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