Cupecoy Bay

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Located on the west coast of the island, Cupecoy Bay beach is a small, clothing optional area that is protected by a large surrounding cliff. The waters offer a decent surf, one that may be too difficult for younger/less able swimmers, but certainly not worrisome for those looking for a challenge.

Situated near the heart of Sint Maarten, west of Sandy Ground, Cupecoy Bay is on the South West edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should think about stopping by even if you are not staying very close. Active and social travelers may particularly enjoy this beach because of its busy, urban location. Actually, Cupecoy Bay would be especially convenient for guests of the nearby hotels, and people who want an unlimited number of nearby restaurants and activities to choose from.

How to Access The Beach
There are two parking lots at which you will have to pay $2(USD). To get to the spectacular white sands of Cupecoy Bay Beach from either of the parking lots you will have to descend stone-carved steps to reach the beach.

Amenities and Ambiance

Cupecoy Bay Beach is close to the Dutch-French boarder of St. Martin and St. Maarten on the western side of the island. This coastline is made up of a chain of three white sand beaches which are set against a backdrop of caves, limestone cliffs, and emaculate rock formations. The surf here can be strong, but the wind is blocked by the rocks.

Of course, there is also a restaurant located right on-site. St. Martin has plenty of fantastic eateries around town, but did you know that some of St. Martin's best dishes aren't served in restaurants at all? Many visitors would rather eat lunch by the shoreline than in a different restaurant. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of St. Martin's famous street food along the way.

There is also a concession stand available. If available, you could also buy food from one of the mobile vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Fortunately, umbrellas and chairs will be available for use to guests looking for some respite from the sun. The atmosphere of Cupecoy Bay Beach is quiet and secluded. But there are some elements of excitement on these shores like on the far end of the beach where clothing is optional. Cupecoy also welcomes gay and lesbian travelers.

However, you will want to be sensitive to the fact that even though there are options for comforts available while at Cupecoy Bay, it can be found inside an area commonly frequented by travelers. Unless you do not mind crowds, it is an appropriate motivator to plan your visit out and beat the crowds, for example coming before the sun it at its hottest. If you do not, you may not be able to completely enjoy all the amenities which the beach offers.

What's Nearby


Cupecoy Bay is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on St. Martin's South West coast. It is near Sint Maarten Marine Park Western End, which is just a cab ride away, and it is a local place of interest.

If a visit to the Cupecoy Bay isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the beach is located near the attractions in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Cupecoy Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sint Maarten Marine Park Western End Nature Sanctuary/Wildlife Reserve 7.4 mi. ESE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Simpson Bay is the closest city to Cupecoy Bay. It is a fairly rural area, but it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the coast, Simpson Bay is not far away, maybe two and a half miles (four and a half kilometers).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how many people have booked rooms nearby. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may see guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Although you will find relatively few places to stay withing driving distance, those accommodation options closest to Cupecoy Bay can be viewed in the following list.

Accommodations near Cupecoy Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Ocean Club 0.3 mi. SE Resort
Sapphire Beach Club & Resort 0.3 mi. ESE Resort
Rainbow Beach Club 0.5 mi. ESE Resort


There aren't any restaurants surrounding this shore, so you might want to pack a lunch for your day in the sun.

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten besides Cupecoy Bay worth visiting.

St. Martin has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Cupecoy Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in St. Martin even more memorable.


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