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Address: Dutch side of the Island, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
Description: A popular tourist beach on the island's east coast.

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Beautiful Beach

Some people believe you have to enter this beach from the Westin Hotel, but not true. You can park at Mr. Busby's Beach Bar, enjoy an inexpensive meal and walk out onto the beach... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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275 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Chesapeake, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

We love this beach but this year the seaweed was terrible, I would recommend call Busby's to get a status before driving over.

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ct
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

at PH for 10 nites. wanted to go here but the beach and water were full of seaweed! yuck! could ses it in ocean from the PH hill. hardly anyone in water. hope it goes away when we visit again.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

My family came to St. Martin on a recent NCL cruise. We spent the morning at Maho and decided we needed some peace and quiet so we took our rental car to Dawn Beach. We parked and entered through the Westin Hotel. This was a tip we found on Trip Advisor. There was a man at the gate and we... More 

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Spring Arbor
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Some people believe you have to enter this beach from the Westin Hotel, but not true. You can park at Mr. Busby's Beach Bar, enjoy an inexpensive meal and walk out onto the beach. They also have chairs and umbrellas for rent if you choose to spend the day. The surf is a little rough but not too bad.

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Miami, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The Westin is nice. Dawn Beach is nice. But their best asset is their people. You will not find nicer people anywhere.

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Stratford, Connecticut
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132 reviews 132 reviews
39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was my second year in St Maarten with my sweetheart. While we were in Maho walking along the main street, two young ladies stopped in their car to talk to us. Turns out they were representing The Westin, a new 5 star resort, of Dawn Beach. Sonya had gone to Dawn Beach many times over her 30 years of... More 

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Sunset Beach, NC
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68 reviews 68 reviews
23 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We had heard of Dawn Beach as the place to go for sunrises. While we did not make it there for sunrise, we did spend an enjoyable several hours there. It is a relatively short $15 cab ride from Philipsburg to Mr. Busby's Beach Bar. Once there, we rented two lounge chairs and an umbrella for $12. It was not... More 

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Wife & I, stood at the Westin Resort (4 Stars) overall. If you are a novice swimmer, don't go in the water. The waves will toss you from side 2 side, and slam you on some reef's. My first time, I got slammed on the reef's trying 2 avoid the sea urchins, they are every where. So the next day,... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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128 reviews 128 reviews
24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I like Dawn Beach, but many times the surf was too rough for me to snorkel or really get out to swim.

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South Windsor, CT
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72 reviews 72 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The beach is great for snorkeling, but the Westin is not friendly to beach goers who want/need to access the beach through their facility.

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