With over 70km of coastline, St. Martin is a magical island, embedded between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
St. Martin features some of the world’s fnest seascapes. From unspoiled, quiet shores to lively hubs of activity, every single one of St. Martin’s beaches is fantastically unique and refects the rich diversity of the island itself. St. Martin’s 37 beaches are such pearls that they rank among the fnest in the Caribbean.
Whether you’re here for diving, surfing, wake boarding, windsrfng or kite surfng, or if relaxing and basking in the sun on the island’s warm golden sands is more your style, there is something for everyone in this haven of pleasure...
Mullet Bay Beach
Mullet Bay Beach borders on the island’s only 18-hole golf course and is very popular with locals, especially on the weekends. At the southern end, sea- grape trees provide pleasant shade for those who are sensitive to the sun’s rays and heat. Lounge chairs and umbel-las are also available. A little snack bar cooks up hamburgers and hotdogs and serves cold beers and soft drinks. Make sure you take a little waterproof bag with you. Washed up onto the sea- shore are all types of tiny shells and little pieces of interestingly shaped coral that could grab your eye - great way to get a tan! - Good sunset beach.
BEAUTIFUL ISLAND BEACHES
Simpson Bay Beach
Today, residential and vacation homes dot this mile long beach, as well as a few small resort hotels. Half of Simpson Bay Beach runs parallel with The Princess Juliana Inter- national Airport runway. This beach is never crowded and is perfect for watching planes and sunsets.
Orient Beach is St. Martin’s flagship beach and is often referred to as the “French Riviera of the Caribbean”. This expansive one mile beach is home to numerous beach bar/ restaurants, who offer various menus, from formal French to pizzas, burgers and local fare. No matter what the cuisine, its party time all the way, from one end of the beach to the other. Bikini Beach, Coco Beach, Kakao Beach, wakiki Beach and Kontiki Beach are the most established beach restaurants with great food, great service and even greater ambiance. Also a major attraction of Orient Bay is of course the nude beach and the world´s famous Club Orient, the island´s only naturist resort at the southern end of the beach. Orient Beach is a truly majestic set-ting with the mountains rising up all around. Not to mention the beautiful tiny islands of Green Key, Tintamarre and Pinel Island just off shore.
This half-moon shaped bay on the Windward side of the island is protected by a great snor- keling reef and is very popular for all types of surfng. A mile of undeveloped park like beach with shallow waters ideal for children, makes Le Gallion a favorite for families. This beautiful area is a protected Nature Marine Reserve and can be explored on horseback with Bayside riding stables. Windsurfng les- sons, paddle boats, snorkeling trips and sail- ing charters on a Trimaran are available, in addition to beach chairs and umbrellas and a great beach food menu provided by Pat and Tracy Turner at “Chez Pat”. Le Galion is also a popular hangout for surfng, kite-boarding, and windsurfng enthusiasts. In front of the former “Le Galion Hotel” surfng is perhaps best because of the trade winds coming along the Atlantic coast.
With its paradise setting, this is the quintes- sential 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.
Friar’s Bay Beach
Since this beautiful bay is well protected from the wind and heavy surf, it is ideal for the whole family. There are three beach bar res-taurants on Friar´s Bay, and they all organize theme nights, Barbecues, and private parties. Their “Full Moon Parties” are legendary and are not to be missed! The beach has a fair amount of sand, beautiful seashells to collect, and a good view of the neighboring British island Anguilla. Facing the west coast, Friar´s Bay has also lovely sunset views. It is a very relaxed and laid-back beach to enjoy!
Grand Case Beach
A beautiful developed beach, running parallel to Grand Case Boulevard the main street in Grand Case with the best shopping and the most restaurants on the island. Grand Case Beach is perfect for sunning or strolling. The northern edge fringes Creole Rock, the island’s premier snorkeling spot.
This small paradise island lies just off the east coast of Saint Martin, at the heart of the Nature Reserve.
Legend has it that in his attempt to capture the island of Saba, the buccaneer Pinel was driven back by the island’s inhabitants who hurled great rocks down on the pirates from their mountain refuge. As they fed, the invaders ran aground on Pinel Island, which has since borne the name of the defeated captain.
Two breathtaking beaches await visitors here: the frst, facing Saint Martin, is a very sheltered sandy strip with shallow waters. Ideal for children, the beach here is postcard perfect, with clear waters and white sand.
There are two beachside restaurants here and the area is a superb shallow-water dive spot. The second beach, which is stony and exposed to the forces of nature, is a 10-min- ute walk away on the other side of the island. To get to Pinel Island, take a traditional boat known as a Saintoise from the pontoon at Cul-de-Sac. The 10-minute boat ride costs around $6.