Best St Maarten Beaches in St Martin and St Maarten
Looking to visit the best St Maarten Beaches? Look no futhor. The island is blessed with over 36 beautiful, white, sandy beaches. You can choose from isolated romantic coves, to happening hot spots, to surfers’ paradises, to nude beaches, to family and kid oriented beaches. The 2 mile long Orient Bay Beach on the French side is the most developed, the busiest, and probably the most popular on the island. Orient Bay Beach (Baie Orientale in French) is arguably the most famous beach of the whole Caribbean. Be aware of that this is a swimsuit optional beach. Many consider Orient Bay Beach to be the “Riviera of the Caribbean,” or the “Saint Tropez of St Martin” because of its swank restaurants, bars, and shops all along its 2 mile stretch. Orient Bay is actually 5 beaches, or the “5 stars of Orient Bay-” Kontiki, Kakao, Bikini Beach, Waikiki, and Coco Beach. Water-sports facilities along the beach provide equipment for parasailing, waterskiing, and snorkeling. From Orient Bay Beach, beautiful mountains are visible along with the picturesque islands of Green Key, Tintamarre and Pinel Island which is accessible by ferry. Pinel island is a nature preserve.
There are no ATM’s or cars here. This is a place to truly get away from it all and soak in the island’s beautiful warm, shallow, internal pools. The French side, Saint Martin, also has more intimate beaches like Long Beach(Baie Longue in French), Baie Rouge, Plum Bay (Baie aux Prunes in French). Frair’s Bay (Anse des Péres in French) is a family oriented beach that is protected from ocean swells. It overlooks the British Island of Anguilla. There’s a great sunset view towards the west of this beach. There are 2 beach bars on the beach. As night falls BBQ’s and parties abound. Don’t miss the Full Moon Parties at Friar’s Bay. Happy Bay lies on the northwest of the island between Bay of Grand Case and Friar’s Bay. Be prepared for a worthwhile excursion getting to this romantic and secluded spot with fine sand, tree-lined beaches, spectacular views and great snorkeling. Le Galion Bay, southwest of Orient Bay, boasts the best shallow calm waters on the island. The beach here is nick-named “Baby Beach” because of tis suitability for kids. Equipment for snorkeling, paddleboarding, paddle boating, and kayaking can be rented at the beach. View St Barth island from the beach and bask in the lushness of the St Martin Nature Preserve that surrounds you.
On the Dutch side of Sint Maarten you can enjoy Simpson Bay Beach’s calm waters and popular hang-outs. Amenities abound along the beach. Even though it’s close to the Princess Juliana International Airport and a busy main street of bars and restaurants, Simpson Bay Beach exudes serenity. Being on the south side of the island protects the beach from the harsh northeast winter winds. Simpson Bay Beach is mostly a mile long stretch of deserted beautiful and and calm Caribbean water- great for long beach walks. On crisp days, you can see the island of Saba, resembling a sharp mountain rising out of the sea, off in the distance. Karakter, a fun beach bar at the far end of the beach, features great food and drinks. Sint Maarten’s Dawn Beachlives up to its name with a beautiful view toward the east of the dawn sunrise. The island of St Barth glorifies the distant view from the beach. Westin Hotel and Oyster Bay Beach Resort provide refreshment and creature comforts at either end of this expansive beach. Mr. Busby’s Beach Bar & Restaurant offers another option for delectables and goodies. This is an exciting beach with its tumultuous surf and coral reefs. It’s not ideal for children but is a wonderland for adults. The coral reefs are spectacular for snorkeling.