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 stopping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. A surprisingly wide range of visitors end up loving Long Beach; it's not too far off the beaten path, plus it's not usually over-crowded. If you want to avoid St. Martin's highly secluded beaches, but don't want to fight the crowds every step of the way, this beach offers a nice middle ground.

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 located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at this spot.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is clear and good for snorkeling, so purchase or rent some gear if you've been hoping to get in some underwater exploration. 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

This beach is positioned on St. Martin's South West coast; the area is home to other attractions such as Marigot Musee, which is one of the closest attractions to visit.

If you want to learn more about the history of St. Martin, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. One of the closest attractions of this sort is Border Obelisk, which is one of the closest destinations of historical interest in the area surrounding Long Beach.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there will be more options available in St. Martin. The following table contains attractions that are the closest.

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
Oliver Lefranc Art Gallery 2.6 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Eck Francis Studio Art Gallery 2.9 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Comptoir Des Art Art Gallery 3.7 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
French Impressionism Art Gallery Art Gallery 3.7 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Galeries Gingerbread Et Mahogany Art Gallery 3.7 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
Musée de Saint-Martin Museum 4.1 mi. E the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Long Beach is very close to Marigot, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Long Beach tourists hoping to find a little additional excitement might think about heading over to Marigot, because it's not far away and is an especially active area of St. Martin. From the beach, Marigot is a quick trip away, roughly four miles (six and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. At this beach, you can expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Vacationers seeking a place to stay close to the beach won't find it that difficult, as there is no shortage of accommodations to choose from in the vicinity. You will find the closest, most convenient booking options by viewing those shown in the table below.

Accommodations near Long Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Summit Resort Hotel 0.8 mi. E Resort
Belmond La Samanna 1.3 mi. ENE Resort
Mercure St Martin and Marina 2.1 mi. E Hotel
Le Flamboyant Hotel And Resort 2.2 mi. E Resort
Florence Morgan 2.6 mi. E Hotel
le Beach Hotel 3.5 mi. E Hotel
Centr' Hotel 4.0 mi. E Hotel
Golfe Hotel 4.0 mi. E Hotel
Hotel de la Vallee Cachee 4.0 mi. E Hotel
Hotel La Residence 4.0 mi. E Hotel

Food

Don't worry if your stomach starts rumbling while sunbathing at Long Beach; you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. Casablanca Restaurant is one of the closest eateries.

The following table lists dining options near this beach.

Restaurants near Long Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Casablanca Restaurant (059) 027-4987 -- -- -- --
La Creole (059) 087-6200 -- -- 0.5 mi. N
Chez Janine Pale (059) 055-4538 -- -- 0.5 mi. NE
Chez Raymond (059) 027-4497 -- -- 0.5 mi. NE
Le Cabanon (059) 087-1538 -- -- 0.5 mi. NE
Ernest and Fidel Cafe (599) 546-4848 Latin American Very Casual 0.8 mi. SE
Interlude (059) 087-6400 Caribbean, French Informal 1.3 mi. ENE
Trellis (059) 087-6400 French Fine Dining 1.3 mi. ENE
Beach Bars -- -- -- 1.6 mi. ENE
Ma Ti Beach (059) 087-0130 -- -- 1.8 mi. E
Ti Sucruer -- -- -- 2.0 mi. E
New Point La Vi -- -- -- 2.1 mi. E

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from on the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten, so Long Beach is just one of your options.

You might also want to visit Baie aux Prunes, located within a couple of miles.

There's plenty to see and do in St. Martin, and Long Beach offers just one way to spend time outdoors.

 

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