St. Maarten/St. Martin Beaches
With over 45 miles of coastline, St. Martin is a magical island, embedded between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
St. Maarten/St. Martin features some of the world’s finest seascapes. From unspoiled, quiet shores to lively hubs of activity, the island’s beaches reflect the rich diversity of this tropical treasure. Among the three dozen beaches, several rank among the finest in the Caribbean. There is a beach for everyone, particularly those listed below:
Located in the heart of the Low Lands on the western coast of the island, Baie Longue, or Long Bay, is the first beach on French Saint Martin when travelling north from the Dutch side. One of the longest beaches on the island, Baie Longue stretches from La Samanna’s Hotel Resort on the left to “Pointe du Canonnier” on the right. It is also one of Saint Martin’s quietest beaches, with only the gentle lapping of the waves to disturb you.
Also in the Low Lands area,between “Pointe du Canonnier” and “Falaise aux Oiseaux”, Baie aux Prunes or Plum Bay is a secluded and rarely visited beach.
With golden sands and water in every shade of blue under the sun, Plum Bay is perfect for visitors looking for peace and harmony.
This long stretch of sand lies just 5 minutes from the town of Marigot and is home to a number of resort hotels. Rocks, stones and strong currents mean that this is not the ideal swimming location but the gentle breeze of the trade winds make this rarely frequented beach a pleasant place to visit. On the lagoon side, pretty beaches are shaded by palm trees and hotel amenities.
Nestled in the rocky coastline of “Pointe Arago”, Lovers’ Beach is the smallest beach on Saint Martin, it was named that way because it can only accommodate two people at a time!
Hard to find but worth it!
Friars’ Bay Beach
Known in French as “Anse des Pères”, the very scenic Friars Bay Beach is a sheltered, family friendly beach in the northwest of the island. The beach is famous for its two well-known beach restaurants, Friars Bay Beach Café and Kali’s Beach Bar.
By day, visitors relax by the calm waters of the Caribbean sea, but when the sun goes down Friar’s Bay Beach moves to the sounds of rock and reggae.
With its paradise setting, this is the quintessential tropical beach. Accessible only by a 10-minute hike through the hills, Happy Bay is one of the island’s most beautiful beaches and has managed to preserve its authentic and untouched charm.
Lined with coconut trees, Happy Bay’s white sands are ideal for picnicking.
Located at the heart of the picturesque fishing village that bears its name, Grand Case Bay is a long beach at the foot of celebrated gourmet restaurants and smaller renown traditional eateries, known as solos. Grand Case Bay is sheltered and the Caribbean blue waters there are calm and clear. Divers will enjoy exploring the famous Creole Rock.
Lying opposite Creole Rock at the northern end of Grand Case Bay is Little Beach.
Practically untouched, the beach is the perfect place to relax under the shade of sea grape trees and swim in the calm turquoise waters.
The magnificent Anse Marcel is a sheltered and well-developed beach at the base of the exquisite Port Lonvilliers resort in the north of the island. As the bay is protected on both sides, the water here is calm and the beach is popular with families. Visitors will enjoy strolling around the marina and its shops.
Known as the “Saint Tropez of the Caribbean”, Orient Bay (Baie Orientale) beach, situated in the north-eastern part of the island, is one of the island’s largest and most popular beaches. The beach offers a full range of tourist amenities, including beach restaurants, hotels, shops and watersports. Orient Bay is a favourite celebrity and jetsetter hotspot. A nude beach can be found to the extreme south of the bay.
The picturesque and unspoiled Guana Bay Beach faces out towards the island of Saint Barths and isn’t very frequented. The beach is very popular with water sports fans.
Beware of the strong undertow and strong currents in deep waters.
Great Bay Beach is located right in the heart of Philipsburg and is lined with the bars and restaurants that spill out onto Front Street.
The beach is accessed via a promenade that runs most of the way across its length. At the eastern end one can enjoy the view of cruise ships in port.
Little Bay Beach is cut off from Great Bay by the Fort Amsterdam peninsula and is therefore fairly well protected. The Nature Foundation group has recently initiated a programme to replant the site, which is rapidly becoming a haven for birdlife.
This small and pleasant beach sits at the foot of the resort hotels, opposite Simpson Bay, in the south-west of the island. A number of tourist amenities are available there.
Maho Beach is world-famous for its unique location right at the business end of the Princess Juliana Airport runway in St. Martin. Crowds gather to watch jumbo jets take off and land.Don’t leave anything on the beach under the flight path as the jet blast will whip it away.
Very popular with tourists and locals alike, the beautiful fine-sanded Mullet Bay Beach sits on the edge of the golf course. North winds provide fantastic offshore conditions for surfers.