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 near the middle of French Cul-de-Sac, this beach is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want to drop by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Seclusion and privacy are the features which most exemplify St. Martin's beaches, but Baie de cul-de-sac is a little different. You'll still find it has a calm, serene mood, but you can visit without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.
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, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside.
Since Baie de cul-de-sac can be located inside an area that sees many visitors, you'll want to plan accordingly.
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 most conveniently accessible attractions.
Beaches and museums may seem an unlikely combination to some, but a quite a few vacationers find that museums like The Old House (situated just a short distance away) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help visitors understand St. Martin's interesting past.
With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The closest attractions are found in the following table.
|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|
|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|
|Art Gallery||5.0 mi.||SW||the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten|
Orient Bay is the closest city to Baie de cul-de-sac. It is a fairly rural area, but it will be a pleasant day trip for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the beach, Orient Bay isn't far off, about one and a quarter miles (two kilometers).
The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. You can generally expect to share the sand with more than a few vacationers who are staying in the area.
Since this beach is in a pretty popular tourist area, it typically isn't all that tough to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For visitors looking to find a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the 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|
|Hotel Riu Palace||1.0 mi.||WNW||Resort|
It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Baie de cul-de-sac; there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Ti Bouchon. This restaurant serves French cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their seafood.
The table below provides a list of nearby dining options.
|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|
Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Baie de cul-de-sac doesn't suit their tastes.
If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Orient Beach, situated just a little ways away. 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. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Ilet Pinel. You'll find it a half mile to the east.
You may also want to consider Baie Lucas Beach, which is located three miles away.
St. Martin has some unforgettable natural wonders to explore, and paying a visit to Baie de cul-de-sac is just one way you can spend your afternoon.
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