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Beach lovers and water sports fans will feel right at home on Saint Martin. Whether you visit the Dutch or the French part, you are always surrounded by stunning Caribbean views of swaying palm trees and white sandy beaches. This Leeward Island has over 44 miles of coastline and is thus the perfect destination for snorkelling, diving, (kite) surfing, kayaking – or simply lounging at a beach bar.
Saint Martin features more than 37 different bays, each with its own character. Beyond any doubt, the most striking one is Maho Beach. This beach is popular with plane spotters, as it is so close to the flight path of Princess Juliana International Airport that the slipstream of incoming aircraft frequently whips up the beach towels. Those who prefer a quiet beach refuge can visit the more remote bays. And in between these 2 extremes, Saint Martin also offers many trendy beaches with beach clubs and fun restaurants.
Orient Bay Beach is one of the longest and liveliest beaches on Saint Martin. The bay lies on the north-east coast, on the French part of the island. The many beach bars and lounge beds evoke images of the Côte d'Azur, but the restaurants under the palm trees serve up authentic local flavours; sip a tropical cocktail or order some ‘acras’ (Creole fish dumplings). The bay with its long white sandy beach and deep blue water looks out over 3 small islands: Pinel, Green Cay and Tintamarre.
Orient Bay Beach, Avenue des Plages, Collectivité de Saint-Martin, Saint-Martin
It takes a little bit of effort to reach Happy Beach: from Friar’s Beach, follow the foot path (approximately a 15-minute walk) through the forest to this remote bay. The beach offers no facilities – there are no chairs, no beach bars and no restaurants. Instead, you will be rewarded with crystal clear water, photogenic rocks and lush vegetation that comes right down to the beach: a perfect spot for a picnic. Happy Beach is also great for snorkelling, because the bay is full of tiny fish.
Happy Bay Beach, Collectivité de Saint-Martin, Saint-Martin
Cupecoy Bay Beach, Saint Maarten