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

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A slice of awesomeness

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Loved the staff and the beach. Pauline, Anthony,Veronica and the cook in the buffet you are amazing. Beach bar staff were great Nigel, Anthony, Akeem and the girls.

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Round Rock, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is a picturesque beach with many restaurants and bars to choose from. Chairs and umbrellas are available to rent for your comfort. Great views of the cruise ships in port make for great photos. As for a beach to relax at, this is too busy for me not to mention I prefer softer sand. It is definitely worth a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Sometimes a tad difficult to leave due to slope and wave. Clear water relaxing without a lot of time spent driving to beach. Facilities,refreshments, fodd very close , Ditto shopping

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Great bay is a turquoise dream. Aside from watching cruise ship passengers scrambling to on site events, great bay has lots to offer. The Phillipsburg straw market is 1 block past the boardwalk. There are plenty of bars and restaurants on the boardwalk (not wood but concrete). Most offer 2 beach chairs and an umbrella for $15. Add 6 beers... More 

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The City of Phillipsburg has don a great job with the downtown are. If you visited 10 years ago you would recall that the boardwalk along Great Bay did not exist. The boardwalk is an excellent addition to what is already the best cruise port in the Caribbean. However, a number of vendors have set up concessions to provide beach... More 

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Great Bay is right next to the cruise ship dock. Save traffic time, just stay there and enjoy the beautiful water. Lots of chairs and umbrellas. Water sports also available.

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