Maarten is blessed with 37 beaches--one for each of the island's
37 square miles. Busy bays are venues for watersports, swimming,
and snorkeling, while secluded coves offer private retreats.
The dress code ranges from modest (on the Dutch side of the island)
to nudist (on the French side). Half-day or full-day sailing
excursions to undeveloped beaches nearby are also available.
Some of the more famous beaches include mile-long Mullet
Bay Beach, perfect for swimming; Dawn Beach, known
for its incredible sunrises; and Little Bay Beach, a favorite
of snorkelers, with calm, clear waters that offer excellent visibility.
Beach is one of the island's most dramatic swimming spots.
Swimmers splashing in the water can experience the unusual thrill
of airplanes passing right over their heads as they head for
the nearby runway. The craggy rocks lining the white sand beach
add another dramatic touch. There are also wet bikes available
One of St. Maarten's more private beaches is Simpson
Bay Beach, a long half-moon of white sand set between a picturesque
fishing village and the murmuring sea. There are no watersports,
no resorts, just the sound of water gently lapping at your feet.
You can stroll, swim, or simply relax, all the while seeing barely
Cupecoy Beach is another unspoiled landscape
with pure white sand, sandstone cliffs, and shoreline caves as
a setting. The surf can be strong, but the wind is blocked by the
rocks. Lying near the border with St. Martin, its dress code is
influenced by that of the French beaches: clothing is optional.