Great Bay Beach, Philipsburg

4.3
#3 of 15 in Parks in Sint Maarten
Walking distance from the heart of the city, Great Bay Beach serves as a mile long stretch of white sand that runs along the waterfront promenade. Take a break from shopping or sightseeing, and relax on one of the longest beaches in St. Maarten. Lined with bars and restaurants, the beach offers numerous places for hanging out and watching the ships arrive. Cool off and take a dip in the calm water, or walk along the boardwalk to take in the ocean view. Make Great Bay Beach a centerpiece of your Philipsburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Philipsburg day trip planning website .
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  • A perfect place for swimming. The beautiful turquoise water and soft sand make it an ideal place to relax.  more »
  • Just a short walk from the cruise ship, you can find all you need right here. The locals will charge you $25 for two chairs, an umbrella and a bucket of 5 beers (and wifi!). Its perfect for a day at.....  more »
  • We visited here whilst on a cruise ship. We never booked any kind of excursion directly with the ship, but simply got our own water taxi, then hired 4 beds and drinks etc. Yes it is very very busy.....  more »
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  • Lovely beach, all kinds of people to rent chairs from with drinks included.
  • Great beach at the port circled by stores, bars, and restaurants.
  • Great beach and good cold beer at sensible prices
  • We went on an "off" day where no cruise ships were in port. It was like a private beach with all the amenities! A handful of places stayed open so we still had a great time. I can imagine how busy it can be with several ships in port. A few buildings were still damaged by the storm as of March 2019 but there is still plenty to do!
  • This is our favorite beach on Sint Maarten, it is very convenient to access from a cruise ship, taxi, or rental car. The sand is clean and most everyone uses the trash receptacles conveniently located along the boardwalk. The locals are very nice and it is convenient to be offered sun hats, cover ups, sunglasses, handmade necklaces, etc while sitting on the beach and all it takes is a simple “no thank you” to let the vendors know you are not interested, no hassle at all. There are quite a lot of good eateries along the boardwalk, my personal favorite being Cornie’s Beach Bar & Grill near Hard Rock Cafe.
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