Petites Cayes

Petites Cayes is a beautiful, unspoiled patch of terrain on St. Martin. There is nothing on this beach except clean, white sand and endless blue sea.

Located in the northeastern part of Saint Martin, Petites Cayes is on the South East edge of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. You might want even if you are not staying particularly close by. St. Martin's beaches are hardly known for being secluded, but Petites Cayes is a little bit further from the crowds, making it a good choice for travelers who want to stay away from big crowds, but still get the most out of their beach visit.

How to Access The Beach
This is a very secluded beach and can only be accessed by a nice, long hike or a boat trip. If you choose to hike, you'll enjoy a long trek along the coastline, from Rue de Grande Cayes.

Amenities and Ambiance

If isolation is what you seek, this is the beach for you. Beautiful Caribbean greenery flanks a thin, empty shoreline. There are great hiking trails here to enjoy.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot.

Since Petites Cayes is located inside an area popular among tourist, you'll want to plan accordingly.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This pleasant stretch of sand known as Petites Cayes is on the South East coast of the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten. It is near Hope Estate Archeological Site, which is one of a few attractions in the area.

To some, museums and beaches may seem an odd combination, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Cultural Center Grand Case (found just a quick cab ride or walk away) offer an entertaining diversion and help share a different side of St. Martin.

If you can't wait to see as many of St. Martin's attractions as possible, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near Petites Cayes
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Hope Estate Archeological Site Historical Site 2.3 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Cultural Center Grand Case Museum 2.4 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Butterfly Farm Botanical Garden 3.0 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Mount Vernon Plantation Historical Site 3.0 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
The Old House Museum 3.0 mi. S the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Durat Bridge Historical Site 5.1 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musée de Saint-Martin Museum 5.4 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Fort Louis Historical Site 5.4 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Musee Des Coquillages Museum 5.5 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Old Prison Historical Site 5.5 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Spring Sugar Mill Historical Site 5.5 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten
Comptoir Des Art Art Gallery 5.8 mi. SW the island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten

Cities and Towns

Petites Cayes is very close to Orient Bay, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The closest town to Petites Cayes is Orient Bay, which isn't a congested area, and it can be an interesting destination for those wishing to get a better feel for the area. From the shore, Orient Bay is not far away, roughly two and a half miles (four kilometers).

Hotels

The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because the beach is in a pretty popular tourist destination, it is not typically a great challenge to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. For those hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the table below lists the closest accommodation options to Petites Cayes.

Accommodations near Petites Cayes
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Riu Palace 1.2 mi. SW Resort
Hotel Privilege -- -- Cottages
Socano III -- -- Hotel
Hotel Le Domaine De Lonvilliers 1.3 mi. SW Resort
Casa a Ti Case -- -- Cottages
Le Meridien St Martin 1.3 mi. SW Motel
Marquis Boutique Hotel 1.5 mi. SW Resort
Anchorage Little Key -- -- Hotel
Hotel La Plantation 1.8 mi. S Hotel
Sol e Luna 1.9 mi. S Guest house

Food

If you start getting hungry during your afternoon at the shore, this beach has you covered, so you won't have to wander too far from the shore. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Calypso. This restaurant offers both Fusion and International cuisines. They also specialize in pizza. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a little ways away.

The table below lists restaurant options near this shoreline.

Restaurants near Petites Cayes
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Calypso (059) 029-4160 Fusion, International Informal 1.1 mi. SW
Krystal (059) 087-6700 Fusion Fine Dining 1.2 mi. SW
L'Île (059) 087-6700 International Fine Dining 1.2 mi. SW
La Mer (059) 087-6700 French Fine Dining 1.2 mi. SW
Le Marche (059) 087-6700 -- -- 1.2 mi. SW
La Louisiane (059) 029-4961 -- -- -- --
Le Panoramic (059) 087-4412 -- -- -- --
La Table du Marché (059) 052-3535 Creole -- 1.3 mi. SW
La Locanda Wine Bar & Trattoria (059) 027-5825 -- -- 1.3 mi. SW
Karibuni (069) 064-3858 International Informal 1.3 mi. SSE
La Veranda (059) 087-6799 -- -- 1.3 mi. SW
Yellow Beach (059) 077-1500 Caribbean Very Casual 1.4 mi. SSE

Other Beaches

The island of St. Martin and Sint Maarten has many nice beaches, so if Petites Cayes doesn't sound like your type of scene, you have options.

Another location you might enjoy is Anse Marcel, located only a short distance away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, Grandes Cayes may be just what you're looking for. You'll find it three quarters of a mile to the south-southeast.

Travelers may also want to consider Baie Lucas Beach, located fairly close-by, so a short ride in a taxi is a solid choice.

There are countless experiences to enjoy in St. Martin, and dropping by Petites Cayes is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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