Baie Nettle

Baie Nettle is on the western end of the Baie de Marigot, a lengthy curved beachfront covered in resorts and private villas. The Baie Nettle area is no exception, though there is a bit of greenery backing this beach.

Located in Sandy Ground, Baie Nettle is on the South edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want even if you aren't staying in the immediate vicinity. If activity and variety isn't your thing, you'll be glad that many of St. Martin's beaches are quiet and undisturbed. Then again, some vacationers seek out the loudest and the most active areas, and are better off visiting Baie Nettle, one of the few beaches that draws a significant crowd.

How to Access The Beach
This is a developed area, so parking lots abound. There's also a footpath through the trees onto the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

The flat water here provides the ideal environment for water skiing and tubing. This is also a perfect beach for swimming, because the ocean floor is free of rocks and coral.

There is also a restaurant right on the water, so if you don't want to leave Baie Nettle at all, it's worth a try. Every nation has its own style of cuisine, and St. Martin is no different. One of the most enjoyable places to try local specialties is right on the water. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Shower facilities are available, so you can rinse off the sand. You will also be pleased to find umbrellas and chairs here, so visitors hoping for a relaxing spot in the shade will not go leave unhappy.

Don't forget that the area right around Baie Nettle is a popular spot, which means you may find quite a few people competing for the use of the same services.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Beachgoers will find Baie Nettle on the South coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. It is near Marigot Musee, which is one of the the area's interesting attractions.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of St. Martin, many sites offer unique historical perspectives on the area. For example, you might enjoy a visit to Border Obelisk, which is one of the countries more interesting places of historical interest.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Baie Nettle
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Marigot Musee Museum 0.2 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Border Obelisk Historical Site 1.4 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musee Des Coquillages Museum 1.6 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Old Prison Historical Site 1.6 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Spring Sugar Mill Historical Site 1.6 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Louis Historical Site 1.6 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Roland Richardson Art Gallery 1.6 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musée de Saint-Martin Museum 1.7 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Durat Bridge Historical Site 1.9 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Tropismes Gallerie Art Gallery 4.3 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 4.6 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 4.8 mi. NE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Baie Nettle is near Marigot, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. Baie Nettle guests seeking a little additional excitement should consider heading to Marigot, since it's not far away and is an area full of activity. From the beach, Marigot isn't far off, roughly a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it can attract visitors staying at some of the area's smaller options.

Those looking to find a hotel room near Baie Nettle should find themselves in luck, as there are lots of resorts and hotels to choose from close-by. You can find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those listed below.

Accommodations near Baie Nettle
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Le Flamboyant Hotel And Resort 0.2 mi. W Resort
Belmond La Samanna 1.3 mi. WNW Resort
Centr' Hotel 1.6 mi. ENE Hotel
Le Cigalon Hotel 1.6 mi. ENE Hotel
Bleu Emeraude 4.0 mi. NE Villa complex
LOVE Hotel & Residence 4.2 mi. NE Hotel
Hevea Inn -- -- Hotel
Hotel L'Esplanade -- -- Hotel
Le Petit Hotel -- -- Hotel
Alizés Motel Guesthouse 4.6 mi. NE Guest house

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Baie Nettle; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the closest restaurants is La Cigale. This restaurant has a menu featuring French food. Many guests rave about their seafood. 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 provides a list of dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Baie Nettle
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
La Cigale (059) 087-9023 French Fine Dining 0.2 mi. S
Le Pecheur (059) 087-8270 -- -- 0.2 mi. NE
Le Chalet (061) 379-0362 -- -- 0.4 mi. ESE
Mario's Bistro (059) 087-0636 Contemporary, French, International Fine Dining 0.8 mi. E
Beach Bars -- -- -- 1.2 mi. NW
Petite Auberge (059) 087-5631 Creole, French Very Casual 1.3 mi. E
La Flibuste (059) 029-0288 International Very Casual 1.3 mi. E
Croissanterie (059) 029-2266 -- -- 1.3 mi. E
Tropicana (590) 087-7907 -- -- 1.3 mi. E
Main A La Pate (590) 087-7119 Eclectic, French, International Fine Dining 1.4 mi. E
Sucriere -- -- -- 1.4 mi. ENE
Chez Nini -- -- -- 1.5 mi. ENE

Other Beaches

The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has many beaches, and Baie Nettle is just one option.

If the exciting vibe at Baie Nettle has you wanting more of the same, think about heading to Little Bay, another destination with a good amount of excitement. You'll find it a mile to the north-northwest. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Baie de Marigot is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. It is located just a little ways away.

You may also want to consider Baie Rouge, another favorite sun-spot in St. Martin. If you want plenty of great views of breathtaking oceanfront scenery, then the Baie Rouge beach is the perfect spot to visit on your next St. Martin vacation.

St. Martin has plenty to offer its visitors, and dropping by Baie Nettle is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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