Baie de cul-de-sac

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.

How to Access The Beach

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.

Amenities and Ambiance

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.

What's Nearby


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.

Activities and Attractions Near Baie de cul-de-sac
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
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
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 1.9 mi. W the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Minguet Art Gallery-La Maison Des Arts 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

Cities and Towns

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.

Accommodations near Baie de cul-de-sac
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Casa a Ti Case -- -- Cottages
Anchorage Little Key -- -- Hotel
Hotel La Plantation 0.5 mi. S Hotel
Sol e Luna 0.6 mi. SSW Guest house
Hotel Mount Vernon 0.6 mi. S Resort
Jardins De Chevrise 0.6 mi. SSW Hotel
Hotel Palm Court -- -- Hotel
Le Meridien St Martin 0.9 mi. WNW Motel
Pavillon Beach 0.9 mi. S Hotel
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.

Restaurants near Baie de cul-de-sac
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Ti Bouchon (069) 064-8464 French Informal 0.4 mi. SW
Treize Travaux De Hercules (059) 087-4332 Creole -- 0.4 mi. SW
Au Grain de Sel 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
Le Mango (059) 087-7070 -- -- 0.6 mi. S
Mont Vernon (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
La Veranda (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

Other Beaches

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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