The Beaches of St. Martin

By no means a comprehensive beach guide, but a journal of the ones we’ve managed to visit during our stay on the island of Sint Maarten / Saint Martin.

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Maho Beach

Perhaps the most famous beach on the island. Many people flock here to get blown away by the low-flying commercial jets as they land and take off into the SXM airport. We needed to check this off our bucket list right before we drove to the airport to go home. It’s definitely an experience.

Maho Beach, St. Maarten

Anse Marcel

My favorite beach on the island. We spent most of our time here just relaxing, paddle-boarding, and floating about. The beaches on the French side are much quieter and more pristine. The bay was calm and landscape was sublime.


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Dawn Beach

We stayed at the Westin on Dawn Beach and had a wonderful balcony view to the pool and sea. Though the time we were actually on the resort property the waters were a bit rough, the sand was extra smooth and it was the perfect place to watch sailboats while working on our tan. We also took advantage of the popular bottomless Sunday Brunch at the resort. Yes, please!

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Oyster Pond

Right next door, was the tail end of Dawn Beach and beginning of Oyster Pond where we found Mr. Busby’s Beach Bar for our first meal on the island. The food was amazing and the view of the sunset at the table was even better. The water was so surreal and I couldn’t help but stare. Of course, I “caught” my own caribbean lobster for dinner.

Oyster Pond, Sint Maarten Mr. Busby's Oyster Pond, Sint Maarten

Phillipsburg

During our walk around the capital of the Dutch side, we also strolled down the boardwalk. The beach is pretty nice with the exception of cruisers! Luckily, we were there early before the ships docked. As, soon as the city and beach started to get crowded, we dipped out. If you love the festive atmosphere, this is perfect for you! There’s a lot to shop, see and meet.

Beach at Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Caye Chateau

This is an entire island versus a beach. Nonetheless, it’s still an experience I highly recommend. To get here, you will need to waded through a rocky (sometimes there’s sea urchins) bay. There’s a shallow part of the bay you can follow from the mainland to this sea shell island. The landscape sight is incredible and if you like collecting shells, there’s a treasure trove here.

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Grand Case

Last but not least, the beach area of Grand Case. The actual beach area isn’t incredibly large but many restaurants are down the strip making it a perfect place to enjoy great French food and watch the sunset. We decided to watch the sunset first then roam about for dinner at Bistrot Caraibes.

Grand Case, St. Martin Sunset at Grand Case, St. Martin

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