Beaches in St. Martin

There are so many beaches on St. Martin that it may be hard to choose which ones to visit

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The shared Caribbean island of Saint Martin and Sint Maarten is filled with natural beauty. Whether you're interested in seeing the French side or the Dutch side (or a bit of both!) there are plenty of beautiful beaches to behold.

This tiny island is home to 36 beaches in total that run the gamut from tranquil to topless to toddler-friendly. Some of the island's most beautiful beaches are hard to reach, so travelers may want to plan ahead for their visit. But other equally beautiful shorelines don't require any extra effort.

Fortunately, neither side of the island has the monopoly on gorgeous vistas, powdery-white sands, or coral reefs. Similarly, surfing can be done on both sides of the island. This means that while you may want to visit both the French and Dutch portions, you won't miss much if you stick to the beaches of just one.

Beach Types

Beaches Map

Beach activities are common, particularly on the more crowded beaches. Vacationers can try out windsurfing, snorkeling, and a number of other activities. Some beaches are known for their calm waters, while others are a bit choppier. But the many bays that line the coasts offer plenty of calm, beautiful waters.

The eastern (windward) side of the island is subject to more wind and rougher waters because it faces the Atlantic. The opposite side of the island (Leeward) offers visitors the much calmer waters of the Caribbean Sea. St. Martin has beaches on both the windward and leeward sides.

Families will find plenty to enjoy on the island. In fact, some beaches, such as Friar's Bay, are perfect for family travelers. Family-friendly beaches often offer a lot of activities, but they also tend to be more crowded than less family-friendly beaches. The most crowded beaches in St. Martin tend to be home to a large hotel and will often have facilities and other activities nearby.

Interesting Alternates

Oyster Pond is an interesting location that shares space on both the French and Dutch portions of the island. On the Dutch side, visit Dawn Beach. This is said to be the better of the two for beachgoers, featuring powdery-white sands and beautiful sunrise views. Still, the French Oyster Pond Beach is home to more activities and accommodations.

Clothing Choices

Clothing-optional beaches are found on both sides of the island, but are far more common on the French side. Perhaps the best-known clothing-optional beach is Orient Bay Beach, or Baie Orientale. Others include Baie Rouge (Rouge Bay) and Baie Longue (Long Bay). Though most of the island's beaches are not clothing-optional, remember that the attitudes of the islanders are more reflective of the European cultures that took control of the island. Families and visitors who wish to steer clear of such beaches may want to take extra care when choosing a spot of sand.

Beach Choices In The Area

You'll discover an abundance of beaches to choose from in the area. Whether you'd rather be part of a busy beach scene, or you'd rather find a more secluded spot, you can find what you want. Just click on the name of the beach for more detail concerning that section of the coast.

Orient Beach

If you want to go snorkeling, a location where that's an option is Grande-Case Beach. This gently sloping beach popular for its great snorkeling spots, especially near Creole Rock. It is a heavily developed area near the airport, so you can't forget about civilization here.

Another good choice for snorkeling fans is Baie Rouge. During your visit to the Baie Rouge beach, there are a number of great things to see and do. The waters here are calm enough for swimming, and the gorgeous sands are perfect for a sunset stroll.

Oyster Pond Beach: Oyster Pond beach is less of a beach than a shoreline. Most of the coastline here backs up into private docks.

The table just below has a few details regarding the beaches available in the area.

Beaches In St. Martin
Name Location Coast
Anse Marcel Anse Marcel, 3.1 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin South East
Baie Lucas Beach 3.5 mi. East of Central St. Martin South East
Baie Nettle Sandy Ground, 2.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin South
Baie Rouge Las Terres Basses, 4.1 mi. West of Central St. Martin South West
Baie aux Prunes Las Terres Basses, 5.4 mi. West of Central St. Martin South West
Baie de Marigot Marigot, 1.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central St. Martin South
Baie de cul-de-sac French Cul-de-Sac, 3.4 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin South East
Friar's Bay Beach Central St. Martin South
Galion Beach 3.1 mi. East of Central St. Martin East
Galisbay Central St. Martin North West
Grande-Case Beach Grand-Case, 2.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin North East
Grandes Cayes 4.1 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin South East
Green Cay Orient Bay, 3.8 mi. East of Central St. Martin East
Happy Bay 1.7 mi. North of Central St. Martin South
Ilet Pinel 3.9 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin South East
Little Bay 3.2 mi. West of Central St. Martin North
Long Beach Las Terres Basses, 5.3 mi. West of Central St. Martin South West
Lover's Beach Central St. Martin North-Northwest
Orient Beach Griselle, 3.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin South East
Oyster Pond Beach 3.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central St. Martin North East
Petite Plage Grand-Case, 2.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central St. Martin East
Petites Cayes 4.3 mi. Northeast of Central St. Martin South East
Tintamarre Beach Ile Tintamarre, 5.9 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. Martin West-Southwest

If you are seeking a wider range of attractions beyond what's offered on this page, you can consider other locations. To see our detailed guide to other attractions, go to this article.

Beach Types

Beach activities are common, particularly on the more crowded beaches. Vacationers can try out windsurfing, snorkeling, and a number of other activities. Some beaches are known for their calm waters, while others are a bit more choppy. But the many bays that line the coasts offer plenty of calm, beautiful waters.

The eastern (windward) side of the island is subject to more wind and rougher waters because it faces the Atlantic. The opposite side of the island (leeward) offers visitors the much calmer waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Families will find plenty to enjoy on the island. In fact, some beaches, such as Friar's Bay Beach, are perfect for family travelers. Family-friendly beaches often offer a lot of activities, but they also tend to be more crowded than less family-friendly beaches. The most crowded beaches on the island tend to be home to a large hotels and will often have facilities and other activities nearby.

No matter what you choose to do on the island, be sure to visit one of its incredible beaches. Surfers, snorkers, and sunbathers will all find beaches that are perfect for them. And if you're looking to have a whole beach to yourself, you just might find that on St. Martin as well.

 

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