St. Martin Beaches: The “Best of” List

St. Martin Beaches: The “Best of” List Rue du Millrum Grand-Case

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St. Martin’s white-sand beaches and perfect climate combine to create the ideal setting for the sunny getaway of your dreams. From jet-setting to off-the-beaten path adventures, from family-friendly holidays to ideal romantic escapes, there’s something for every wish list.

In the footsteps of celebrities...and locals!

A visit to St. Martin will leave everyone feeling like a Hollywood celebrity. Especially if they make a trip to the Baie Orientale beach, better known as the “Saint Tropez of the Caribbean.” Located on the northwest coast of the island, it is a favorite spot for many show-business celebrities and jet-setters. One of the largest and most popular beaches on the island, it offers the whole range of attractions: beach-side restaurants, hotels, boutiques and water sports. For a glimpse of the daily life of a St. Martiner on holiday, visit Le Galion, an idyllic family beach often frequented by locals. Situated to the east and open to the seas, the bay is nevertheless very well protected from the swell by a coral reef, which also makes it an excellent surfing spot. A beach restaurant and a water sports activities center will round out your day in the sand. After the sun sets, locals in the know head to Friar’s Bay, whose popular monthly “Full Moon Parties”stretch into the early morning hours.

Water sports galore

With the Atlantic Ocean to the north and calmer waters to the west, St. Martin offers a wide range of sporting activities: sailing, beach volleyball, catamaran excursions, jet-skiing, windsurfing, diving, wakeboarding, kite surfing and more. A year-round climate of approximately 75 degrees Fahrenheit, combined with gentle trade winds, make it ideally suited for a vast range of nautical activities. 
Anse Marcel beach lies at the northern end of the island in a magnificently appointed and sheltered location. Located in the heart of beautiful Port Lonvilliers bay, visitors can enjoy diving centers and try out various water sports. Surfers as well as nature lovers sing the praises of Petites Cayes. One of the most pristinely beautiful beaches on the island, it has remained largely untouched and is rarely visited. Grandes Cayes is a well known surfing hot spot and is known to the locals as “Wilderness.” For shallow-water diving, check out the beach at Pinel Island, a tiny piece of paradise in the middle of the St. Martin Natural Park Reserve. The shallow waters along this highly protected stretch of sand make it an ideal spot for children. Two restaurants line the beach at the water's edge. (Accessible by fishermen boats from Cul de Sac.) Other popular diving spots include Baie aux Prunes and Baie Rouge.

Experience the undiscovered

If you dream of a vacation on a deserted tropical island, yet still crave the amenities of a four-star resort, then St. Martin is the place to be. Truly a heavenly setting, the beach at Happy Bay is completely isolated from passersby as it is only accessible via a ten-minute walk through the mountains. It is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and has maintained its pristine and untamed quality. Lined with coconut palms, it’s ideal for picnics. Baie Blanche, located on the west coast of Tintamarre Island, has a delightful beach for swimming. The island is a verdant and peaceful haven in the middle of the ocean and is part of the St. Martin Natural Park Reserve. Remember to plan a picnic, as there are no stores or restaurants. (Accessible by Ferry from Marigot.) Petite Plage, at the far end of Grand-Case Bay, is one of the smallest beaches on the island, but also one of the most pleasant. Long Bay may be the opposite in terms of size (not surprisingly, it’s one of the longest beaches on the island) but is also a peaceful haven. Known for its calm and tranquility, it is a lovers’ paradise. With its azure waters and isolated corners, the natural charm of this island will enchant visitors.