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 edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want to drop by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Travelers will find that, while Long Beach is by no means quiet and secluded, it's also not one of St. Martin's most crowded beaches. This makes it a good option for families who want to visit a somewhat lively beach without having to fight other beachgoers for a spot in the sand.

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.

There is also a concession stand available. If available, you could also buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up at 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. You will find the water here is of good snorkeling quality, so grab some gear if you're hoping to find some interesting 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

Long Beach is beautiful natural site, which you'll find on the South West coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten; this area boasts other attractions such as Marigot Musee, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Historic attractions, including Border Obelisk, offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Long Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about St. Martin, without having to venture too far from the coast.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. 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

Tourists at Long Beach who are hoping to find further attractions should consider heading over to Marigot, which is nearby and is an especially active area of St. Martin. From the beach, Marigot is a fairly short distance away, maybe four miles (six and a half kilometers).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. Typically, you can expect to encounter a fair number of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is situated in a relatively popular vacation destination, it is not usually that difficult to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. For vacationers hoping to get a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the options closest to Long Beach.

Accommodations near Long Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Summit Resort Hotel 0.8 mi. E Resort
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
Hotel Beach Plaza 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

If the heat at the beach has you craving a cool cocktail and a bite to eat, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the closest restaurants is Casablanca Restaurant.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown in the table below.

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

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

Vacationers may also want to visit Baie aux Prunes, located a half mile away.

You may find that Long Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.

 

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