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Best Caribbean Beaches – St Martin & St Maarten.

by on Mar.31, 2011, under Vacations

Every visitor will see one of two spectacular St Maarten beaches on arrival… If you arrive by plane, you will fly less than 30 feet directly over Maho beach, site of the world famous Sunset Beach Bar voted #3 best beach bar in the world – for obvious reasons when you have a ringside seat to jumbo jets landing just yards away in dramatic fashion.

When arriving by cruise ship in St Maarten you will witness the glowing aquamarine colors of Great Bay and see the golden sands of the 2 mile crescent which is Great Bay Beach. This is the front to Philipsburg, the capital of the Dutch side of St Maarten and sister capital to Marigot from the French side, known as ‘St Martin’.

With 37 beaches in 37 sq miles, St Martin has all you could want from sunrise to sunset, from opulent to rustic or adventurous to idyllic.

Starting at sunrise, on the eastern side of the island (the French side ‘St Martin’) a brisk stroll the length of Orient beach will give you a good start to the day and should take around 1 hour end to end and back. Renowned for it’s nudity at one end of the beach, it is quiet and refreshing at dawn and full of activity and watersports later in the day.

During the day, your choices are vast – Le Galion on French St Martin, not far from Orient Bay, with little waves and shallow waters is great for small children and babies whilst Guana Bay beach on Dutch St Maarten is great for the athletic wave catchers or wet n’ wild seekers. Mullet Bay beach is a favorite to locals and tourists alike and has a mixture of shallow and wavy for those wanting variety.

There are some lesser known beaches known only to the most regular visitor or resident – these are very rarely populated and great for a private and secluded family outing for the day. One of them is Happy Bay at the western end of Grand Case on French St Martin and is off-road and not sign-posted so study a map, question a local to find it or find a rich friend to ferry you there by boat and anchor in the bay and swim ashore with your clothes over your head!

These are just a sample of some of the 37 spectacular beaches that you can find in this Caribbean Island Paradise – no wonder St Maarten – St Martin continues to gain in popularity and is rapidly being dubbed the ‘St Tropez’ of the Caribbean.

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