Situated on the island’s south-western shore, Maho Bay Beach is not the place to visit for visitors looking to relax. Due to its location right behind the Princess Juliana International Airport, planes fly right over the beach as they approach the runway to land. Since beach access and plane-watching is free, there’s no shame in spending a bit on the nearby bars; Bamboo Bernie’s and Sunset Beach Bar are the most popular.
Located on the northeastern coast of the island, Orient Bay Beach is known as the “Saint Tropez of the Caribbean” for its gorgeous views and frequent celebrity sightings. Visitors will find all the necessary amenities, including restaurants, hotels and shops, making this one great for a perfect day, or stay right on the sands.
On the south-west tip of St. Martin, vacationers will find a series of three smaller beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs known collectively as Cupecoy Beach. While enjoying an evening in one of the beach’s bars is tempting, at least wait until after the sunset, which is said to be one of the best on the entire island.
Consider checking out Mullet Bay Beach on the Dutch side of the island. Naturally quiet with surfable waves, Mullet Bay is the ideal beach for those who desire true relaxation. A nearby waterfront restaurant also offers visitors delicious food at very reasonable prices.
Friar’s Bay Beach is a family friendly beach located on the north-western edge of the island. While Friar’s Bay sports the usual white sand and clear blue waters typical of many St. Martin beaches, two famous beachside restaurants, the Friar’s Bay Beach Café and Kali’s Beach Bar, make it a real must-visit.
For those willing to get up early, Dawn Beach, located just south of the Saint Martin/Sint Maarten border on the Dutch side, plays host to some spectacular sunrises. Although mostly dominated by the Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, visitors are able to use the hotel’s beach chairs. While the Atlantic-facing waters can sometimes be rough, those willing to brave the waves will be rewarded with some of the best snorkeling on the island.
Grand Case Beach is certainly worth a visit during a vacation on Saint Martin. Located near an adorable fishing village with the same name and plenty of gourmet restaurants, it’s not difficult to spend an entire day exploring the area. The calm waters are perfectly suited to swimming and the quiet atmosphere makes it easy to relax.