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“What a place” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Long Beach - St. Maarten

Long Beach - St. Maarten
French side of the island, St Maarten-St Martin
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Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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211 reviews 211 reviews
119 attraction reviews
Reviews in 104 cities Reviews in 104 cities
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
“What a place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Where to start, this beautiful island has so much to offer, we went shopping on the french side and were told the vendors would accept $1 for 1 Euro amazing and we still got a bit knocked off for multi buys, for the smoker 20 kingsize £1.20 for the drinker 3 beers for $5. white sandy beaches friendly locals, this is a place to retire to, oh yes

Visited November 2011
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Simply paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

My favorite beach on St. Martin. Relatively few people around and good for swimming as well.

Visited October 2011
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Baie Longue (Long Bay) is Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2011

This beach was my 2nd favorite to Baie Rouge (it was a toss up). I really like Long Bay b/c of how large the beach was and how it didn't seem to be as eroded as many of the others. Most of the beaches on St. Maarten are not flat from the back of the sand and into the water a few feet. There always seems to be a HUGE drop off to deal with at some point. This beach definitely has that secluded feel as long as you are away from the La Samana Resort (5-Star) that is at one end where the cliffs are. We entered the beach via the Baie Longue public access and walked down to the La Samana Resort. The chairs and umbrellas are designated for guests of the resort but for $10 per person you can use the chairs and umbrella for the day. The chairs are super comfortable too. They also give you a bottle of water and a La Samana beach towel to use for the day. So, no need to hike in with your own towel unless you want to (just a little less to carry). You also are able to use their infinity edge pool. The resort is so beautiful and the water is so clear and almost no waves. It really is a paradise on the La Samana end of the beach. We were also told that you often see celebrities on this beach b/c they many times stay in one of the La Samana villas on top of the cliffs. Definitely go visit this beach.

Visited November 2011
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Denver
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“Ruined by Development”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2011

I visited this gorgeous beach for the first time in 2000. Wow - deserted, and a back drop of palm trees and expansive lawns. In 2011 I went again. Instead of the palm trees and lawns, there were now 8ft high concrete walls - whether to protect against storm surge or crime, I don't know. The views out to sea are still great, but having rich people's security towers looking down on you does create a sort of prison type feeling. As there is no natural shade any more, make sure you take your own beach umbrella.

Visited February 2011
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Rochester, NY
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“Our favorite beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2010

Long Bay Beach is quite atypical for a St. Maarten/St. Martin beach. Most of the island's beachs are beautiful, sometimes a little crowed, and offer amenities such as snack bars, and chaisse lounges you can tip an attendent to set up for you. Long Bay is beautiful, about a mile and a half long with one resort at one end of the beach, sparsely populated, and you have to carry in anything you want to eat, drink, and sit on. Because it is undeveloped you get a good idea of the island's natural beauty, with many large rock formations along the shore. The scarcity of other people means you can have a pretty good expanse of beach all to yourself. My wife and I always found it well worth the effort to carry in a cooler and some beach towels. The water is remarkably clear, and the surf is mild to moderate, just about perfect for bobbing with the waves. We've been to St. Maarten/St. Martin three times, and we love so much about the island: the food, the shopping, the scenery, the Cuban cigars, (okay, the shopping's for her, the cigars are for me, the food and scenery for both). We've tried many of the beaches there, but we always end up spending the lion's share of our beach time at Long Bay. If you want the amenities, and lots people to watch, it's not for you; but if you really like to get away from it all, Long Bay Beach is perfect.

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