The Best St. Maarten Beaches
So what beach do you want to go to today? You do have a choice of about 30 on the island! So if you want to meander through to the St. Martin French side, we love the following beaches. All have chaises to rent that can come with umbrellas. They are not expensive and usually come with a drink for the rental.
French Side St. Martin Beaches
The People’s favorite is Orient Beach where restaurants abound. It can get crowded there as it is a big St. Martin attraction and buses from the cruise ships drop people off to spend a few hours swimming. This is a “nude” beach in some parts so do not be surprised at what you might see!
Good places for lunch on Orient Beach, St. Martin: Most restaurants there charge in Euros so prices can be a bit high. There are many to choose from. At one end of the beach is Boo Boo Jam which has Creole food and French beach bars. Things are changing on Orient Beach so you will have to explore for yourself.
Look for a sign that says Butterfly Farm. This road takes you to a quieter beach called Le Galion. The road is the same as the Butterfly Farm and it might say Club Orient also. Patrick Turner has a small restaurant there along with St. Martin water sports activities. This is a nice beach for small children as it tends to be calmer than Orient. The road is an abomination but I hear they are repairing it for this season. In fact, I heard it was already graded. Try to visit the butterfly farm. It is on the same road to Le Galion Beach.
Go early because it is cooler and the butterflies are emerging from their chrysalises. Ask for a guide to show you around. Ours was full of information pointing out various butterflies, their habitats and egg deposits. This is a must for any nature lover or family with children. Also, saw a hummingbird nest for the first time!
One day try Friars Bay which is also on the French side as you leave Marigot and head towards Grand Case. Maybe you can get your bearings if you study it at the beginning of the day.
Grand Case Beach is nice and calm. Great restaurants and beach bar to enjoy!
Here is a map of all of the St. Martin beaches on the island:
Dutch Side St. Maarten Beaches
Dutch beaches are great also. You must try Mullet Bay, Cupecoy Beach, Maho Beach, Great Bay, Dawn Beach, my favorites on the Dutch side. All have public access and parking. Just be careful and do not leave any valuables in the car when you go for a swim or an afternoon. Several of our St. Maarten vacation rentals, such as Casa Boco and Sera Bella, are just moments from these great beaches.