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“It faces South and has a little breeze” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dawn Beach

Dawn Beach
Dutch side of the Island, Philipsburg, St Maarten-St Martin
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Ranked #6 of 11 Attractions in Philipsburg
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Owner description: A popular tourist beach on the island's east coast.
Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“It faces South and has a little breeze”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This beach is in a cove and offers a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean. Unlike the beaches on the Phillipsburg/Simpson Bay side of the Island, this beach gets seaweed washed up from the Ocean. Everyday a crew cleans it and makes it look nice.

Dawn Beach is right behind Mr. Busby's beach bar, a second generation family owned business. They have a friendly staff and great drinks and food at good prices.

There are plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas for rent because several cruise ships offer a day trip to this beach. Enjoy!

Visited December 2013
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English first
Groves, Texas
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Quiet beach with great views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My mom and I stayed at the oyster bay beach resort and spent everyday on Dawn Beach in the water or relaxing on a chair. Even on the days the waves were higher we just jumped the waves.

Visited December 2013
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Eldred, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Beautiful beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

I always make Dawn beach a must destination when I visit the island. When the cruise ship schedule is light this is a low key relaxing beach. The water is a hit miss situation where some days it could be rough. It is the Atlantic side. But the views are beautiful with St. Bart's in the distance. Lunch and drinks at Mr. Busby's is a must. Great overall experience at Dawn. Wish I could visit everyday. Well back to reality!!

Visited December 2013
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Beach in St. Marteen”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We cruised out of New York to the Eastern Caribbean in late November (NCL). My one wish was to spend the day at a nice beach (defined by gentle waves, decent sand and the availability of some shade for those who were not going into the water. Many people from our ship were heading to Orient Bay Beach- which looked incredible pretty but ridiculously crowded!

Upon asking the locals, we tried Dawn Beach in St. Marteen. It is a pretty beach with all the amenities, but the water is rough and pebbled with rocks and shells. Not my favorite beach by a longshot, but still nice enough to recommend for the day. We did escape the crowds and we found a nice spot to lounge and relax. They charge you for the chairs if you let them! I think it is about $7/chair. We told them, that we were told by our taxi driver that the chairs were free- and they left us alone. ThX Barb!

People seem to enjoy the food and the drinks were fun and pretty! We didn't visit any of the resorts located near this beach- the Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Westin Dawn Beach Resort and Spa and the Dawn Beach Club (timeshares) but they do work to keep the beach and facilities clean. I believe you can pre-book time at the spa at any of the resorts, which would be great.

All in all

Visited November 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent! Nice grounds and great service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a hidden gem. We usually stay on the French side but not again we loved the Dawn on St. Marteen! Management is great, service and bar all was fantastic! Go here!

Visited November 2013
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