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Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Harbour, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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Ranked #3 of 13 attractions in Philipsburg
Type: Beaches
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Great bay beach is beautiful white-sand beach where cruises stop for a day. There are shops and excursions around this area for tourists. But the best shot of this beach is from the driving shot. You can see the whole blue sky, blue water of the bay and white cruise ships floating on the emerald green water!

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montreal
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

many places to sit on the sand and relax you enter a bit deep in water but not dangerous crowdy near Philipsburg when cruiser people come

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New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

The beach was spacious, water blue & crystal clear, calm and the temperature is warm not deep and no waves

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Great beach in downtown P-burg. Cruise ships docked right in front of you. TONS of shopping and bars/restaurants, buzzing with tourists. A really neat place. We've been there 4 different times and each time is great. Be sure to visit Bernie on the boardwalk there. She's an independent vendor like many others who sells beers, sodas, water at very good... More

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Winnipeg
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There's certainly better beaches on the island, but this one is certainly an enjoyable enough one to stop by. It tends to be a bit calmer than some other beaches because its a bit more sheltered. Lots of good and drink vendors nearby makes it convenient.

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NJ
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9 reviews 9 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The view was picturesque. So romantic. The breeze was amazing. Lots of sunshine. We went during Carnivale which made the experience even more spectacular.

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Bolton, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

we were staying at Sonesta Maho Resort but visited Sonesta Great Bay for lunch/beers while out touring the island. Its a nice bay with nice view of Philipsburg, but also has view of cruise ship docks, etc which aren't so pretty. Would rate it as place to stop for visit but wouldn't want to stay at those hotels.

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Top Contributor
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46 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The crystal blue water was inviting and warm and one couldn't ask for more. I will definitely come back soon.

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Finksburg, Maryland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Just a short water taxi ride from where your cruise ship docks in Great Bay Beach. The beach itself is very wide so no matter how many ships are in for the day you can find a spot and rent a lounger and umbrella for a few hours. The water is nice and refreshing and the surf is not too... More

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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96 reviews 96 reviews
35 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The crowd level on this beach is directly proportionate to the number of cruise ships in port that day. However, there is plenty to do and plenty to look at. No shortage of food and drink here.

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