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.

Set near the center 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 might want regardless of whether you are staying in the vicinity. Many of the beaches in St. Martin are quiet and secluded, but at Cupecoy Bay, you'll find the same sense of serenity, without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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.

You could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. St. Martin has a wide assortment of dining options, but don't think that tables, chairs, and waiters are prerequisites for a great meal. Some visitors, in fact, simply sit on their towels——not in a restaurant——to enjoy lunch. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. You might also have the option to order lunch from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Fortunately, chairs and umbrellas can be used by guests seeking a place to relax in the shade. 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.

Cupecoy Bay with its availability of amenities and services can be located inside a relatively urbanized region. If you want to stay away from crowded shores and busy-beaches, it should be a good reason to plan ahead for times when there are less people, for example arriving in the morning. If you wait around, you could risk all of the services being too crowded for you to use.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Cupecoy Bay on the South West coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten; the area hosts attractions such as Sint Maarten Marine Park Western End, which is within the range of a taxi.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't get bored. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed 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

Cupecoy Bay is near Simpson Bay, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The closest town to Cupecoy Bay is Simpson Bay, which isn't a congested area, and it makes for a nice, quiet day trip for visitors looking to check out the local scene. From the shore, Simpson Bay isn't far off, roughly two and a half miles (four and a half kilometers).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but you may meet guests from some of the area's smaller options.

Although beach-goers won't find that many accommodations in the vicinity, those options closest to Cupecoy Bay can be viewed in the following table.

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


You might not run into any places to grab a bit to eat right on this coast, so you might want to plan a picnic if you want to fully enjoy your time spent at the beach.

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Cupecoy Bay on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

There's plenty to see and do in St. Martin, and paying a visit to Cupecoy Bay is just one way you can spend your afternoon.


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