Top 10 Beaches in St. Maarten Dutch Side

There is a beautiful and attractive island in the Caribbean that is divided largely east by the west. This island belongs to two countries. The south part covering the Netherlands is called St. Maarten, while the north part called St. Martin belongs to the French part.

This small island is the world’s most popular island among the tourists. In this article, we’ll discuss the top 10 best beaches on the Dutch side in St. Maarten.

Cupecoy Beach

Cupecoy Beach is located on the island’s southwest tip on the Dutch side. Cupecoy is a collection of three beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs. This white sand beach is ideal for swimming and suntanning when the waves aren’t too strong, it makes swimming experience more pleasant. You can also watch the most breathtaking sunsets in Cupecoy.

On this beach, there is no facility of restaurant or bar, but the locals come with food and drinks during the day. The beach offers two parking areas, one a short distance to the west and other near Cupecoy and Sapphire beach clubs; however, the cost of parking is $2.

Mullet Bay Beach

Mullet Bay is the most beautiful and busiest beaches in St Maarten, and famous among the locals and tourists. The stately palms, white powdery sands, calm waters make it a more attractive and best beach for swimming, walking, and relaxation.

This beach gives an iconic view of sunsets; most of the people wait for the evening to enjoy this beautiful view. Mullet bay beach mostly crowded at the end of the week.

Maho Beach

Maho Beach is the most famous and favorite destination for both locals and tourists. The beach is near Princess Juliana Airport, most of the tourists visit Maho Beach to see the Jumbo jet’s iconic view at very close. If you want to enjoy the amazing view of the plane, Maho Beach is a perfect place that offers a splendid view of jets as free.

There is a large parking area at the eastern end of the beach and a small parking area on the beachside. On the Western side, you will find a covered pavilion with picnic tables, restrooms, and grills. Maho Beach is one of the busiest beaches and tourists’ favorite St Maarten beaches.

Simpson Bay Beach

Simpson Bay beach is a long curve of white sand beach that is located near to the Princess Juliana airport. The Simpson Bay beach is over a mile long, and the waters of the Caribbean Sea are quiet and calm most time of the year; that’s why it is suitable for snorkeling.

With its turquoise waters, this clean beach grabs everyone’s attention and the best spot for swimming or a beach walk. If you want to see the amazing sunset view, then Simpson Bay beach is ideal for you.

Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Beach is located at the heart of Philipsburg and one of the closest beaches to the cruise port terminal. This beach is a family beach that offers many activities for kids.

Great Bay beach is an ideal spot for those who are looking for some fun and relaxation. The beach provides a facility for a water taxi ride. However, the cost of per person ride is $4.

Little Bay Beach

Little Bay beach is located near to the west of Philipsburg and less busy than Great Bay Beach. This beach has crystal clear water and offshore reefs, which makes it best for snorkeling.

There are many restaurants available near to the little bay beach where you can enjoy lunch. The Little Bay beach is a perfect spot to enjoy the weekend with family.

Dawn Beach

Dawn Beach is the most famous beach due to its incredible underwater life, an amazing view of the sunrise, and some beautiful reefs immediately offshore. It is a white powdery sand beach that is located on the east coast of Sint Maarten.

This beach is a favorite spot for locals and tourists. Dawn Beach is suitable for snorkeling and swimming. Its remarkable reef, stunning views, soft pearly white sand makes it the best most visiting beach in St. Maarten.

Kim Sha Beach

Kim Sha beach is one of the most famous and central beaches on the island. It is a small beach in St Maarten that is located at the entrance of Pelican Key and a little bit off Simpson road. Kim Sha Beach is the best spot for families and kids.

This beach offers many restaurants, beach bars, and watersports activities for kids and families. It is also a perfect destination to admire and capture an iconic view of St Maarten sunset.

Guana Bay Beach

Guana Bay Beach is exposed to the Atlantic and is a long, wide bay with excellent sand. The Guana bay is so quiet and the best spot for relaxation and walking around the beach.

There is no shade and facilities on the beach, so if you plan to visit Guana Bay, make sure you have an umbrella, towels, and plenty of food and drinks.

Happy Bay Beach

Happy Bay Beach is a small, beautiful and secluded stretch of sand lies to the Northwest of the island. The beach offers a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere, but there are no facilities except a rare beverage vendor. Happy Bay Beach is the most popular spot for snorkeling and swimming.

This beach has beautiful palm trees that provide plenty of shades, and these trees line the shore. However, Happy bay beach is the best option to enjoy the weekend with family and kids.


Here we discussed the top 10 best beaches in Dutch side St. Maarten. These beaches are easily accessible and the best places to spend a great time with families and friends.

Moreover, if you have been planning to visit St Maarten beaches, you must visit one of the above beaches to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, sports, jet skiing and more.


  • Karin K

    Meet Karin, the passionate author and founder of My love affair with St. Maarten began in 1994 during a memorable trip. The island's allure was so captivating that I decided to make it my permanent home. Since then, I've been committed to sharing the beauty and wonders of St. Maarten through my adventures and insights. Join me on this incredible journey!