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We have put together a few comments on St Martin's many beaches. Remember that beaches change gradually via erosion and replenishment and drastically via storms. The information is accurate having been updated for the 2011/12 season, but tings change, mon! The beaches on the east provide lots of morning sun while facing the shore and the beaches on the west will provide you with a glorious sunset into the water. Most beaches have some, if limited, amenities. There are also a number of all-inclusive resorts on the island to help you save on your vacation expenses. We have a separate section on snorkeling that has a fish identification quiz.

The map below has hot spots. Move the mouse to a beach name and click on it to get beach information and possibly some pictures. You can also try our beach finder. Tell us what would make your perfect day at the beach, and we will find the perfect beach. If you're going to the beach, get some reading material in out bookstore. There's plenty of mysteries, travel books, and a special section on the islands that includes fish identification books.

Sol é Luna Apartments logo Four rooms and a two suites in French Cul de Sac, a ten minute drive away from world famous Orient Beach in French St Martin and the culinary delights of Grand Case. The units are in a quiet residential area with sweeping views over Etang de Chevrise to Orient Bay. Best of all, you are on the grounds of Sol é Luna Restaurant, regularly voted the most romantic spot on the island. Visit our apartment website for more details.

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SXM_Map Guana Bay Little Bay Happy Bay Cupecoy Beach Bay Long Plum Bay Bay Rouge Nettle Bay Friar's Bay Grand Case Bay Anse Marcel Coralita Beach Ilet Pinel Orient Bay embouchure Oyster Pond Dawn Beach Pointe Blanche Great Bay Kimsha Beach Simpson Bay Maho Bay Mullet Bay

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Great Bay St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Great Bay (Philipsburg) - You should go to Philipsburg for the shopping, casinos, and restaurants, but there is a beach and there are beach bars with plenty of facilities. After St Maarten dredged the harbor for the new cruise ship pier and terminal, much of the sand was used to replenish the beach. Thus, it is one of the longest and widest beaches on the island. Now that they have added a boardwalk and are even expanding it. The boardwalk is more of a great place to hang out and party than an idyllic tropical beach, but if that is what you want, check it out and look for great lunches at Antoine Restaurant.

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Beach at Little Bay St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Little Bay - Next door to Great Bay is Little Bay. The Divi Peninsula separates the two. The photo on the left was shot from the restaurant at the Belair Hotel and looks along the beach to the Divi Hotel in the distance. The photo on the right is looking straight out to sea with the America's Cup 12 meter boats in the foreground and Saba in the distance.

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Sunset Kimsha Beach - This is the far eastern end of Simpson Bay Beach, on the eastern end of the channel into the lagoon. Many of the boat trips start from this area, as it is outside the lagoon. There has been quite a bit of construction here, so access is limited, but there are beach bars. Greenhouse Restaurant has recently opened an outpost here. They are open from breakfast into the evening. On the left is a lovely sunset shot taken during the evening happy hour.

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Simpson Bay Beach - One of the longest and nicest beaches on the island. Lots of sand and small waves. Great views off to Saba and on good days, Statia, and on really clear days St Kitts and Nevis. There are a few beach bars. The Horny Toad Guesthouse and Azure Beach Studios are near the center of the beach. Turquoise Shell Inn is closer to the Dutch Bridge. The sunsets looking over Beacon Hill are fabulous.

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Looking east
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The beach in the foreground

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Air France landing at Maho St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Maho Bay - A little beach at the end of the runway next to big hotels. It has two attactions: The Sunset Bar offers free drinks to topless women and the low-flying aircraft. The photo on the right came from Leland Harms.

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Mullet Bay - This was a crowded beach crowded when the Mullet Bay Resort was in operation, but now it is a very pretty beach on the sheltered side of the island with sunset views. The foreground of the (photo above, left) shows some of the foundation from the resort's oceanfront building destroyed in 1995 by Hurricane Luis. The photo (above, right) shows Mullet as the quintessential Caribbean beach with lots of white sand, palm trees along the fringe of the beach, and volcanic mountains in the distance. The photo on the right was taken in 2012 from the middle of the beach, just past the two beach bars, showing Cupecoy Beach Club, The Cliff, and Rainbow in the distance.

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Cupecoy Pools St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Cupecoy - Beautiful sandstone cliffs back up the beach, producing beautiful coves and caves, and as it faces SW, there are beautiful sunsets. Unfortunately Luis and Lenny and Omar in 2008 have made it smaller, but as always, it is coming back. The is the little cove just north of Ocean Club. The stairs have been rebuilt and Dany and Jean (on the right), are waiting for your arrival. Heading north, one reaches the monolith (which is not so monolithic anymore) and the remains of an old dock (left two photos). Further along is Shorepointe and very little beach. Dany and Jean at Cupecoy St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches
Monolith at Cupecoy St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Cupecoy Pools St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches rocks in front of Shorepointe St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Cupecoy Beach in front of Shorepointe St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches
Cupecoy Beach St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches The photo on the left is a bit deceiving as there is a lot of sand, but note that it is wet. The photo on the right was taken the next day as sand filled in the pools along the shore. It's still the same in 2007 (photos below on the left): a bit of sand is here, but big rollers move it around. New construction is certainly changing the look of the beach. Cupecoy Pools St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches
Cupecoy Beach Mar 07 St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Cupecoy Beach Mar 07 St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches There are photos on the construction feature and photos taken from a sailing trip on Capt Morgan. This is the NW end where there are beach boys with chairs and umbrellas and they do serve drinks and grill up a few things. In case you hadn't noticed, at the NW end of the beach, clothing is optional. Stay in Sapphire Beach Club, great deals are available directly from owners at Caribbean View Condo, unit 255. Cupecoy Beach Dec 06 St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches

These are from March of 2008 taken from the Celine as we sailed by during the regatta. They show the entire beach from the NW edge (top left) with the Cupecoy Yacht Club construction coming over from La Samanna on the left, Shore Pointe in the center, and the open area that was supposed to become The Villages at Cupecoy. This open area serves as the access to the NW end of the beach. The next shot (top right) shows Pharos on the other side of the road, behind more open area belonging to The Villages at Cupecoy, Ocean Club, and the towers of Sapphire Beach Club. There is still a private villa between Sapphire and Rainbow Beach. You can see a bit of the property in the top right photo and most of it on the left of the bottom right photo. The rest of that photo shows the still growing Rainbow Beach development with its circular staircase access to the beach. On the bottom right is The Cliff (the tallest structure on the island) and Cupecoy Beach Club above the cliffs at the extreme SE end of Cupecoy.

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Cupecoy Beach St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Cupecoy Beach below Cupecoy beach Club and The Cliff at St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches


Bay Long - A long beach with the expensive La Samanna complex at one end (the white buildings at the far end of the beach) and limited access in the center to a rather rocky beach. Other than Samanna, which will not let you in, there is no service on the entire beach. In 2011 they stopped allowing access to the road going past La Samanna and have forced people seeking beach access to Bay Long to enter the access closer to Bay Rouge. That access has a bar across the roadway. Those in the know, know that if you pull up to the bars, they rise up during the day. At night the gate is manned and you are not allowed into the area. The beach is quite rocky in the center near the access. The the southeastern end near La Samanna has sand and northwestern end near the sewage plant has sand. The photo is from 2013.

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Plum Bay (prunes in French) - A pretty beach, but rocky and a bit rough. Great sunsets because it faces west. No facilities at all. The panoramic photo below is the entire left (south) part of the beach as it looks from the entrance. On the right is the right or northern sweep of the beach. The panoramic photo is from 2013.

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Bay Rouge West St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Bay Rouge - Bay Rouge is named for the pinkish cast of its sand. It's a pretty beach with the Falaise des Ouiseaux (Bird Cliffs) to the west and David's Grotto on the east. The photo on the left looks along the beach from the entrance next to the two beach bars over to the start of the cliffs. The other photo shows the rocks that start the formation that encloses the grotto. Below are photos from Feb 2006. It's still there and so are Gus's and Raymond's beach bars. Bay Rouge East St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches

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David's Hole David's Grotto or Hole is this circular hole in the cliff on a point between Bay Rouge and Nettle Bay. It reaches down 30 feet to sea level and two other holes connect it to the sea.

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David's Hole


Nettle Bay - Largely blocked off by hotels, but Ma Ti Beach Bar on the west and Layla's on the east provide parking, access, chairs, etc. This is the beach at Layla's.

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Kali Beach Bar St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Friar's Bay - A small, rather pretty and very protected cove with two beach bars (Kali's Beach Bar and Friar's Bay Beach Bar) providing all the amenities, but a tough road.

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Happy Bay - A short walk up and over a hill at the northern end of Friar's Bay brings you to Happy Bay, a very secluded beach with few amenities (Danny provides chairs, food, and drink), but a grandiose project on the books. And it is still on the books in 2011, as there has not much action on the French side. At present some people have been spotted working on their all-over sun tans. This photo was taken from Random Wind as we sailed by in Jan of 2005.

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Grand Case Beach - There is some street parking and a bit of free parking in the lot in the center of town. There are great sunsets. The picture was taken from Sunset Café at the Grand Case Beach Club. For an amazing aerial photograph that shows the entire sweep of the beach and has links to all restaurant websites, check out Ed and Sandra's panorama. The shot on the left below shows little sand at the eastern end of the public section of Grand Case Beach as it comes to Grand Case Beach Club. The photo below right shows that the same area taken from the west looking east. On the right you can see that Grand Case Beach Club has a small amount of beach on other side of its property. The photo below right is from 2009 and the others are from 2012.

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View of Anse Marcel Beach St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Anse Marcel - A hotel controls access to the beach so you have to park outside their grounds and walk in to the beach. Once you are there, you will find that the beach faces north and is hemmed in by high hills on the remaining three sides. It is calm and there are amenities. The best part is the view from the hill (see below).

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Ilet Pinel - This uninhabited island has some facilities during the day and is a great spot for snorkel trips and picnics. It's a short ride in a beach taxi from Cul de Sac or a bit longer from Orient Beach. If you need a book to help identify the fish, check out our bookstore. There are two restaurants open for lunch.

The view from the road to Anse Marcel

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Orient St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches Orient Beach - Despite being on the windward eastern coast, this is one of the gentlest of beaches because of the protection afforded by the reef running from Green Cay to Pinel. The southern end is clothing-optional. There is a reef running southeast from the start of the nude section that is home to many fish. If you need a book to help identify the fish, check out our bookstore..

There are several fine, full-service restaurants right on the beach: Kakao Beach, where this picture was taken, Bikini Beach, Palm Beach, and others. South of these places are about a dozen smaller places including Aloha, Orange Fever, and Ethnic. They serve simpler fare at lower prices. Pedro's and Andy & Cheryl's (formerly Baywatch) have loyal followings.

For an amazing aerial photograph that shows the entire sweep of the beach and has links to larger individual restaurant photos and websites, check out Ed and Sandra's Orient panorama.

North from Pirate Beach Bar, Beach St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches These photos were taken on 27 January 2008. The one on the left was taken from directly in front of Ethnic looking northwest. There is now quite a bit of beach in this middle section all the way down to Pedro's where it gets a bit thin.
Earlier Orient photos
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View over bay to St Barts St Martin Beaches St Maarten Beaches Sint Maarten Beaches Saint Martin Beaches L'Embouchure or Galion Beach - It's a large extremely calm eastern-facing beach past the Butterfly Farm. Chez Pat/Tropical Wave has chairs, umbrellas, food, drink, outdoor equipment, and St Barts in the distance. This is a great place for windsurfing. The bay is protected and calm, but there are good breezes.

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Coralita Beach

It's a beautiful shallow, eastern-facing, wind-swept tidal pool. There was a rustic, unpermitted beach bar and not much sand. It has been removed, so there are no facilities except this view tower.

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View of Coralita and sailboat


View of Oyster Pond and boats Oyster Pond - Not much beach here, but it is very safe and beautiful harbor ringed with hills. Well worth the trip over the steep hill (if you approach from the south), especially for this view from the hill. Heading north to Orient Beach is a short and beautiful drive along the shore.

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Dawn Beach - A pretty beach that is fairly well protected. There is either good snorkeling or if the surf is up, good boogie boarding. If you need a book to help identify the fish, check out our bookstore. Follow the signs to Mr Busby's Beach Bar to find the northern end. It doesn't look like this anymore as the Westin built a prison-like fortress on the site, bulldozing the ruins of the old hotel and much of the hillside, and filling the mangrove pond.

For an amazing aerial photograph that shows the entire sweep of the beach and has links to larger individual restaurant photos, check out Ed and Sandra's Orient panorama and their Dawn Beach panorama.

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Guana Bay - There is a bit of a beach, but the water on this eastern-facing beach can be rough and so is the beach in many spots. Photo by Glenn Akers.

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Pointe Blanche - You can get nice views from this point, but not much swimming. Mary Titus, editor for Rocky the dog, says "The bay is a little scruffy for sun tanning etc. but on calm days very nice for snorkeling and diving. It occasionally has great surf for short board surfing." Photo by Glenn Akers.

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