Great Bay Beach, Philipsburg

4.3
#3 of 14 in Parks in Sint Maarten
Must see · Beach · Nature / Park
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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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  • Hopped off the Celebrity Equinox and got on the water taxi. We were not sure what to expect but once we saw the beach we turned around and went back to get our things that we needed for a day on the....  more
    Hopped off the Celebrity Equinox and got on the water taxi. We were not sure what to expect but once we saw the beach we turned around and went back to get our things that we needed for a day on the....  more »
  • We went March 2022. The first visit - there were no cruise ships in port. It was quiet and calm. We rented chairs/umbrella's ($20 ) is average. The beach was wonderful. People were super kind. We... 
    We went March 2022. The first visit - there were no cruise ships in port. It was quiet and calm. We rented chairs/umbrella's ($20 ) is average. The beach was wonderful. People were super kind. We...  more »
  • Fine sandy beach alongside a boardwalk. Peaceful and serene. The water is warm with a pleasant surf. Beach chairs, umbrellas and jet-skis are available for a fee. Didn’t swim, but its safe, I was... 
    Fine sandy beach alongside a boardwalk. Peaceful and serene. The water is warm with a pleasant surf. Beach chairs, umbrellas and jet-skis are available for a fee. Didn’t swim, but its safe, I was...  more »
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  • We loved this beach, it has very clear, warm, and not deep. It has many restaurants, beach chairs, umbrellas and more !
  • Beautiful pristine water beach, had it almost all for ourselves, but mind there wasn't any cruise ship at the harbour. Some areas of the beach were a little dirty compared to other beaches in the island.
  • OMG! we love everything about Saint Maarten, God all the views,the food, the fruits, Caribe beer 😍😍, the people i don't have words to describe that paradise, my other half and I are planning to live there, so beautiful, so amazing, so relax, thanks Carnival Magic for making this trip posible
  • Great Bay Beach on the island of ST Maarten. Walked over to this beach, as its very close to the cruise port. As pictured, the views are stunning from this beach, incredibly calm waters. Postcard picturesque.
  • We did not swim here but the waters are very calm and give you the exact experience that you would be expecting from a beach on this island. Everything that you could say about those other beaches you could say here. A year or more ago this Beach would have been so crowded from the cruise ships pouring in masses of people looking to do tourist things. However, as we went recently, the beach was pretty empty and most of the restaurants here were empty or had one customer. You certainly can’t fault them for the boardwalk looking so empty. But when cruise ships resume service this place will be absolutely packed again it is that good.

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