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Address: Great Bay Harbour, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin

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Worth it to see the view.

Beautiful beach. Deep, calm water to play in and many water activities available. Some local vendors get annoying and don't take no for an answer about massages so be firm... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Sorrento
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautiful beach. Deep, calm water to play in and many water activities available. Some local vendors get annoying and don't take no for an answer about massages so be firm. Dogs like to wander around and follow you. Otherwise great view, clean, boardwalk has resturants and shops. Most are closed on Sunday though. Cruise port so can get busy on... More 

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Aspinwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

sorry when I did the little bay beach, I really meant great bay beach. Great area. water is warm and not a lot of waves. You can rent jet skies right there and beach chairs

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The beach is great for swimming with gentle sloping sand entries. The cobblestone boardwalk, newly completed, affords great access to beach stores, restaurants, and activities.

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Great Bay Beach is close to the port and can be either comfortable or extremely crowded depending on the number of cruise ships that are docked for the day. There are chairs and umbrellas for rent and most of the restaurants offer deals with a meal and drinks for the beach seating. Front Street is very close by. If arriving... More 

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Wiltshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Everything about this beach is a winner as our cruise ship docked here last week. The only criticism we had were the numbers of people getting in your way, wanting your business. A day earlier we had docked in St Thomas and did not experience any such issues. Many would consider this minor but for us, it spoilt what should... More 

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Levittown, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Beaches were extremely clean, however, most beaches were very steep at the waters edge (approx 45 degrees). Difficult to enter / get out of water. No lifeguards on duty.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Shuttles take you from cruise ship; cost about $3.00. Plenty of beach chairs with umbrellas. Lots of little shops; locals selling bottles of beer. Wear sunscreen; it's hot there!

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Short water taxi ride from the ship and right downtown. For twenty bucks you get two chairs, an umbrella and a bucket of beer. As a Canadian, that's free. Nice sand little surf and safe for the kids and the most inexpensive activity a cruise has.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

On our first cruise here we passed this beach up and drove across the island to the French side and a very busy beach where we had to lug our own chairs . On our last trip we took a cab/van from the pier right to this beach. About $20 dollars later we had two lounge chairs and an umbrella... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Calm waters, caters to cruise ship passengers I think. Lots of restaurants and bars on the beach advertise 2 chairs an umbrella and 5 to 6 beers for $20 to 25 dollars. Not a bad deal, not sure if on non cruise ship days it is the same.

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Address: Great Bay Harbour, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
Location: Caribbean  >  St Maarten-St Martin  >  Sint Maarten  >  Philipsburg

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