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

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Just up from Divi

The Sonesta Great Bay is a resort on this beach area but next to it is a public access. No facilities are available unless you are a resort guest.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The Sonesta Great Bay is a resort on this beach area but next to it is a public access. No facilities are available unless you are a resort guest.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We stayed at a condo on Great Bay and it was awesome with all the restaurants and the Boardwalk! We did get asked a lot of questions by some locals there since it's right by the cruise ships, but this was one of the coolest places to be during the day!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Although clean and beautiful it's not the place we hung out though. Not much to do unless you're hanging out on the Phillipsburgh board walk and eating gelato.

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We visited Filipsburg on a cruise, and I have to admit that we never really got very into the ports of call, as we were really just after some relaxation after a busy time in Florida beforehand. We chose Great Bay beach purely because we could walk from the cruise port, and it was fine. Our son had a paddle... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Visited Great Bay Beach while cruising with RC on May 21, 2015. It took about 8-10 mins to walk from the port to the beach/boardwalk. There is a water taxi available though for $7/day. The boardwalk is full of all kinds of shops (souvenir, jewelry, liquor, and food). Most of the shops are on Front Street. The beach itself is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Large bay with beautiful beach, water sports, docks for cruise boats. Multiple restaurant choices and shops, nicely decorated in places.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Beautifully views in the bay to see. Many shops and restaurants to choose from nearby. You can rent their chairs if you want.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a popular beach for cruise tourists. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants. Beach is very clean and never had a problem finding a spot to sit and relax. Water was warm, drinks were cold, what more could you ask for.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We had read on tripadvisor about going to Holland House Beach Hotel to access a beach in the downtown area; despite being on St. Maarten many times, we'd never tried that particular spot. We discovered that actually, one can access the beach through many hotels and it is also right beside the water taxi landing. The staff at Holland House,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Stayed at the Sonesta Great Bay. The beach is lovely but getting in and out of the water is difficult due to the stoney shore. The sand is pebble sized and sucks your feet down making it difficult to walk out of the ocean. Otherwise, it is beautiful and the hotel is wonderful.

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