Situated on the windy Atlantic side of the island, Orient Bay is our most famous beach, with wind surfing, kite boarding, paragliding, jet skiing, and a fabulously long stretch of sand to claim for the day.
The most popular parts of the beach, including the celebrated nudist section, have some top restaurants to choose from.
Grand Case The beach at Grand Case runs the length of the village and is lined with some of the island’s finest restaurants and the famous Lolos. Shallow water and a pier for diving, but rougher when the swell is up.
On the St. Maarten side of Oyster Pond, the very popular Dawn Beach has the Westin Resort and Oyster Bay Beach resort with a number of beach bars in which to grab a meal or an ice cold drink. Water sports equipment and kayaks are available for rent, with an eye kept on the currents and wind strength, of course.
The Boardwalk in Philipsburg runs the length of Great Bay, where people can take a stroll through many shops, or pick a spot in the sun for a lazy day watching the cruise ships. The beach is on the protected Caribbean Sea side of the island and can get rather hot, a perfect excuse for seeking refuge in one of the many restaurants lining The Boardwalk.
Kim Sha Beach
Venue for the final Heineken Regatta prize-giving and beach party, Kim Sha Beach has also two popular beach bars.
Belly up with local residents and visitors at Buccaneer Beach Bar and Green house, and watch the sun go down over the sea.
A series of very protected beaches serviced and maintained by the resorts, Pelican Cay is also where an evening of wonderful live entertainment can be enjoyed at Topper’s by the sea. Located in the Simpson Bay Resort Marina, Aquamania Adventures runs a ferry service to Saba, and organizes diving trips and boat charters.
A long crescent beach stretching all the way from the bridge and following the runway, Simpson Bay beach is an ideal beach for a long walk or a challenging run.
Next to the runway, there are a couple of good beach bars and restaurants to pick up something tasty to eat or drink.
This is the beach you see on all those YouTube videos!
A smallish but busy beach at the end of the Princess Juliana International Airport runway, where people can relax and photograph the planes coming in to land right overhead. Enjoy great cocktails and food at the Sunset Beach Bar and Grill, followed by a new exciting concept in dining and entertainment, the Refuge as of 6 pm.
A great surfing spot when the swell is running in;
otherwise a popular sunbathing beach and idyllic place to anchor a boat
for a day of swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing.
A winding steep road to get there, but a pretty place with easy access to the calm, protected beach and a couple of restaurants to refresh spirits. The Riu resort is set up as an all-inclusive, but the restaurant at the end caters to visitors.
Regular ferries leave for this small island off Cul-de-Sac and it’s a great place to do some shallow water snorkeling.
Food and refreshments are available.
Often referred to as ‘Baby Beach’ because of the shallowness and calmness of the water, Le Galion is protected from the ocean by the reef. Outside of the reef, tough, it is surfer turf with the Windy Reef and Quicksilver Surf School teaching kids and adults alike the art of hanging ten and windsurfing.
This bay is very exposed and is not often frequented by sunbathers; however, it makes a good shallow water snorkeling spot in calm weather, but not one to be visited in rougher conditions.
A rough sea at the best of times and with unpredictable currents, Guana Bay is nonetheless a popular place to windsurf or body surf. Bring a picnic as the beach bar may still be closed.
The beaches are supported by the Divi and Belair resorts, which have restaurants and bars to quench the hot and thirsty, but they are very much resort beaches.
A series of small beaches backed by sandstone cliffs and large timeshare and hotel complexes, the beach is usually very calm, but take care when a big swell is running as it can get very rough. Please note that the far end section is reserved for alternative lifestyles.
A very long beach lined with private properties and site of the beautiful La Samanna with its restaurants and spa. There is easy access to the beach for the public.
Baie au prunes
For a short time each year, the ocean swells turn this bay into surfer heaven. For the rest of the time the small beach is a good place to swim even though it is walled by private properties.
Site of a rocky arch that looks majestic on photos, Baie Rouge is a fascinating place to swim and there is a small eatery on the beach to rest of the sun.
Standing on the strip of land with the lagoon on one side and te Caribbean Sea on the other, Nettle Bay has the best of both. Hotels and resorts provide quiet, clean beaches on the calm lagoon side, and on the sea side it is less developed and more natural. Both sides provide for water sports.
In the Simpson Bay Lagoon, close to mount Fortune, is a small sandy island that is accessible by boat and presents a different place to have a picnic. Water sports centers can arrange transport there and back.
Friars Bay Beach
A lovely sheltered beach with beach bars to supply sustenance tot serious sun worshippers, Friar’s Bay is also the host to the famous Full Moon Parties.
A fine beach and good picnic spot with safe shallow water snorkeling, Grand Cayes has no facilities.
The rest of the beaches are only accessible by hiking, or even appear and disappear according to the vagaries of the seasonal tides. Some of the really small, tucked away beaches on the French side are clothing optional beaches. Go to:http://www.stmartinisland.org/st-martin-st-maarten-activities/st-martin-st-maarten-beaches.html#petitescayes. To see al the beaches.