Long Beach

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Long Bay is a beautiful thin stretch of white sand that meets clear aquamarine waters close to St. Martin's western end. Villas line the inland edge of the beach.

Located in Las Terres Basses, Long Beach is on the South West coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You should consider dropping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Finding the best beach in St. Martin is easy if you seek the right balance. You may want one that is far away from the crowds, but still near many of the major hotels and restaurants; that's why somewhat secluded areas like Long Beach make good vacation hangouts.

How to Access The Beach
Though a lot of the beachfront property on this beach is dominated by private residences or rentals, a wide sandy path is available for public access from the road.

Amenities and Ambiance

This beach has a clear ocean floor for swimming and wading but sometimes the undertow is strong. This beach provides almost no shade, so bring your umbrella.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. On some days, it may be possible to purchase food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. Happily, the off-shore waters are fit for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you're looking to see some exciting marine life. Baie Longue is the longest beach on the island, so there are plenty of sandy spots for vacationers to enjoy without the crowds of smaller more popular beaches. If privacy is important to you for your next beach outing, you'll love the shores of Baie Longue.

What's Nearby

Attractions

Travelers will find Long Beach on St. Martin's South West coast; it will be near other attractions like Marigot Musee, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Historical attractions such as Border Obelisk offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Long Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about St. Martin's past, if you are interested in exploring.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

Activities and Attractions Near Long Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Marigot Musee Museum 2.6 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Border Obelisk Historical Site 3.9 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Louis Historical Site 4.0 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musee Des Coquillages Museum 4.0 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Old Prison Historical Site 4.0 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Spring Sugar Mill Historical Site 4.0 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Roland Richardson Art Gallery 4.0 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musée de Saint-Martin Museum 4.1 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Durat Bridge Historical Site 4.2 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Tropismes Gallerie Art Gallery 6.4 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 6.7 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 7.0 mi. ENE the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Long Beach is close to Marigot, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Tourists at Long Beach who are seeking other interesting places to see will want to consider going to Marigot, because it's nearby and is an active, busy area. From Long Beach, Marigot isn't far off, roughly four miles (six and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. Long Beach is not located near many major hotels, but it's often visited by visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Beach-goers looking to find a place to stay near the beach shouldn't find it very difficult, as there are plenty of hotels and resorts to pick from in the immediate vicinity. You can find the closest lodging options by looking over what's listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near Long Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Belmond La Samanna 1.3 ENE Resort
Le Flamboyant Hotel And Resort 2.2 E Resort
Centr' Hotel 4.0 E Hotel

Food

It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Long Beach; you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. One of the closest places to eat is Beach Bars. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby restaurants are listed in the following table.

Restaurants near Long Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Beach Bars -- -- -- 1.6 mi. ENE
La Cigale (059) 087-9023 French Fine Dining 2.5 mi. E
Le Pecheur (059) 087-8270 -- -- 2.6 mi. E
Le Chalet (061) 379-0362 -- -- 2.9 mi. E
Mario's Bistro (059) 087-0636 Contemporary, French, International Fine Dining 3.3 mi. E
Petite Auberge (059) 087-5631 Creole, French Very Casual 3.7 mi. E
La Flibuste (059) 029-0288 International Very Casual 3.7 mi. E
Croissanterie (059) 029-2266 -- -- 3.7 mi. E
Tropicana (590) 087-7907 -- -- 3.8 mi. E
Main A La Pate (590) 087-7119 Eclectic, French, International Fine Dining 3.8 mi. E
Sucriere -- -- -- 3.8 mi. E
Bistro de la Mer (059) 029-3003 International Informal 3.9 mi. E

Other Beaches

Needless to say, Long Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten.

Travelers may also want to consider Baie aux Prunes, located a half mile to the north-northwest.

There are plenty of natural wonders to behold in St. Martin, and Long Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.

 

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