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Great Bay Beach

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Address: Great Bay Harbour, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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$25*
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Great Bay Beach Day with Transportation
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$75*
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Great Bay Philipsburg Snuba Diving
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$40*
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Trolley Train Historical Philipsburg Tour

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Sun, sand & open in St. Maarten!

This beach is a great stop if you only have a few hours to spend in St. Maarten.. right off of the Water Taxi pier and a beautiful view of the harbor and open water. We rented 2... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bountiful, Utah
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Bountiful, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This beach is a great stop if you only have a few hours to spend in St. Maarten.. right off of the Water Taxi pier and a beautiful view of the harbor and open water. We rented 2 chairs and and umbrella for $10 for the day, which also includes use of the facilities a block away up by the... More 

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Catawba, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love great bay and little bay beaches. Water is very calm and clear. We like to stay at Divi Little Bay Resort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great bay is a great place to hand for the day while in SXM. The beach is beautiful and there are plenty of restaurants and chair rentals to choose from. It might not have the name like Orient beach but this place is close to the ship and with the water taxi very easy to get to.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found a parking spot with no problem. I'm not sure if we were in the wrong section but there were no chairs or umbrellas or food concessions--just fabulous ocean water. We swam for two hours. Mullet bay still has clearer water than great bay and the water here was deeper faster. All in all trumpets the jersey shore so... More 

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Beverly, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The sandy beach was beautiful and very clean. The water was a crystalline blue that felt wonderful. The drop off was quick so there was a little undertow.

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New City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a quiet day when the cruise ships were not in town! Had the beach practically to ourselves. The beach was nice, lots of sand, not too many rocks! Best deal was 2 chairs, one umbrella, and 5 drinks in a bucket of ice for $20!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beach is beautiful with white sand beaches, turquoise water, and pleasant breezes. If you look down you will find many tiny seashells .

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Graham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice beach with a nice boardwalk and a lot of nice bars and restaurants, that is on the front side of the main street in Phillipsburg. There are a lot of shops, jewelry shops and markets in that area too. We try to go only on days with one or two cruise ships in port, because the more... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In comparison to other wonderful beaches in St Marteen, Great Bay doesn't really stand out. Nonetheless, it might worth a visit for a couple reasons: the extensive choice of restaurants on the waterfront walk and the closeness to the shopping area of Philipsburg. So if you want to have it all (beach, good food and shopping) Great Bay Beach is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Main beach in St Maarten nearest the Cruise Port which was a safe 15 minute walk from Cruise Port. We walked around on our RCI cruise and were blown away with the beach, sand stunning and water aqua blue. lots of vendors offering sunbeds parasols and buckets of refreshments and restaurants. We got one mid way along the beach and... More 

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