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Great Bay Beach

Great Bay Harbour, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
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Great Bay Harbour, Philipsburg, St Martin / St Maarten
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Right on the boardwalk there are plenty of places to sit in the sand, have a drink brought to you on the beach and relax. Great views and cruise ships in the bay. Doesn't get much better that this

1  Thank gs_and_ss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be careful of the sudden drop when you wade into the water. It can be a challenge when coming out to shore. Great place for jet-skiing and banana boating

Thank Havahart2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For cruise passengers all you have to do to get here is to take the water Taxi($7.00) round trip or a van at $4.00 pp each way. We take the van which leaves you off in a main area and a short walk via a...More

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

White sand beach, great views, easy access to local food, drinks and facilities. Not much more you can ask for.

Thank D K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good beach area. Had cruise ships there every day. Places close up when cruise ships leave daily, so either eat and shop early or plan to go somewhere else on island to eat.

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful scenic beach which is worth visiting especially when no cruise liners are in port ! A number of great local bars to choose from for food and drink options !

Thank carolynhP7453DD
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We've been to this beach twice now on two cruise stops and it's a great beach! We love the boardwalk right there and you can get chairs/umbrella/bucket of beer for cheap! It's a great way to relax before heading back to ship!

1  Thank thackerdm
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On the Dutch side of St Maarten and within walking distance from the Cruise Ship Terminal via The Boardwalk and Front Street. The beach is sandy and clean, the sea is warm and inviting and there are plenty of bars, cafes etc to enjoy while...More

Reviewed August 18, 2017

This is a clean beach, the water is beautifully warm and so clear, and the beach sand is clean. You can hire a beach chair and umbrella or like us with limited time, throw down a towel. Lots of people around so it seemed safe...More

1  Thank Nunngo
Reviewed August 10, 2017 via mobile

Staying at hotel on this beach. It is a good spot for people watching and chilling in the pretty surf. There is plenty of activities to take advantage of. Walking along the broadwalk you will find many beach bars to grab a bite and sip...More

1  Thank deebeem007
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March 15, 2017|
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Response from sclayton1813 | Reviewed this property |
yes that is an issue, the locals here just as in many other Caribbean destinations use wherever they are standing as an area to toss their trash. My family and I have skipped going to these islands this year because we... More
February 15, 2017|
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Response from RLWOrangePark | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I have not seen anything priced in other than American dollars as so many of the tourists are Americans off of cruise ships.
January 25, 2017|
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Response from ceelog | Reviewed this property |
You can actually take a water taxi or walk beachside. Also, a saunter down Front St. perusing the multitude of shops is an option as well. Options, freedom of choice. It doesn't get much better than that.