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Address: Great Bay Harbour, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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Water was great!

A little tough getting out of the water because the beach is very soft and a little steep. But it was still wonderful!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Susan B
North Bellmore, New York
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North Bellmore, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A little tough getting out of the water because the beach is very soft and a little steep. But it was still wonderful!

Thank Susan B
Caledonia, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great beach to enjoy the sun, taste the island foods, and the best shopping in the Caribbean! You can rent chairs and an umbrella for the day!

Thank Carla K
Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just came back from a carribean cruise. Got off the water taxi here at Great Bay beach and got called over by one of the locals to "play on their beach". So our 5 year old starts to walk on the beach and one of the first hings I see is broken jagged pieces of beer bottles mixed in with... More 

1 Thank sclayton1813
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The water is so refreshing and clean. Nice to cool off while shopping, all shops are beach friendly so they don't mind that you have just come from the ocean.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the afternoon on this beach after a morning touring the island. It was 10 mins walk back to cruise ship and I have to say it was my favorite beach of all the Caribbean islands I visited. So much so, I really would like to return to this island for a holiday. Beautiful

1 Thank Barbara C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's convenient for cruisers -you take a water taxi from the cruise port (unlimited ride for 7 dollars) and in 5 min you're there. It's nice calm water and you can see cruise ships. Water is blue and lovely, sand is white and clean and hotels, restaurants, boardwalk and tons of merchants are there all the time. There are water... More 

1 Thank Anna M
Watertown, Ct.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Want the beach AND shopping. Then the beach in Great Bay (where the cruise ships come in) gives you both. Take the water taxi from the cruise ship to the beach. Enjoy the sand and surf then go over one street to Front Street for shopping. Most jewerly stores will give you a cold beer or soda if you are... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An abundance of eateries to choose ftom. Activities abound. Chairs, umbrellas,changing facilities are all available. Some offerings include packages with food, drinks and use of facilities. Great atmosphere!

Thank ceelog
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The beach seemed to be crowded in the boardwalk side but we sat just outside the boardwalk and it was awesome. Beach chairs available for rent as well umbrellas. The water was nice, sand was nice, not rocky and slight drop off but not too deep for a bit. Waves not great for boogey boarding but good for kids. Water... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great Bay is very crowded when the cruiseships come in and the strip of sand isn't that large. Everyone walking on the oceanfront has a view of you lying on the beach and the setting is not particularly nice. There are much nicer beaches to be found on the island.

Thank larissakorporaal

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